Can a Competitor Hurt Your Google Rankings?

Aug 4, 2006 • 8:24 am | comments (3) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization
 

Most likely not, says Google. Google has a FAQ that I have never seen before named What can I do if I'm afraid my competitor is harming my ranking in Google? The response?

There's almost nothing a competitor can do to harm your ranking or have your site removed from our index. If you're concerned about another site linking to yours, we suggest contacting the webmaster of the site in question. Google aggregates and organizes information published on the web; we don't control the content of these pages.

Our search results change regularly as we update our index. While we can't guarantee that any page will consistently appear in our index or appear with a particular rank, we do offer guidelines for maintaining a "crawler-friendly" site. Following these recommendations may increase the likelihood that your site will show up consistently in the Google search results.

"Almost nothing a competitor can do to harm your rankings..." Almost nothing. So what are the things a competitor can do to hurt your rankings?

Well, I guess if they gain access to your site somehow, they can put stuff on your pages that may hurt your rankings. But what else?

FYI - some really good relatively new FAQs posted at Google, worth a read...

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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Comments:

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08/04/2006 04:43 pm

well the most obvious thing that a competitor could do to harm a competitor's google rankings is report a competing site's spamming techniques.

Simon

08/04/2006 05:23 pm

Well, and those spamming techniques can easily be made by the competitor! Just spam links to your competitors site, from spamsites, pornsites, blog comment spam, etc.

viggen

08/06/2006 06:58 am

I already wrote about that in february, something changed in 2002 http://www.abakus-internet-marketing.de/en/seoblog/archive/2006/02/what-happend-in-2002 cheers viggen

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