Will SEOs Stop Buying Links in Light of the Risks?

Oct 16, 2007 • 6:35 am | comments (5) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Link Building Tips & SEO

We recently had the October 2007 Paid Link Debate which recapped the discussion around Danny Sullivan's Official: Selling Paid Links Can Hurt Your PageRank Or Rankings On Google.

But will SEOs and Webmasters stop buying links? That is the question being asked at a DigitalPoint Forums thread.

Currently there is a live poll there with 25 responses in under 24 hours. The poll asks:

Will Google's threats make you stop selling text link ads?

The responses are:

  • Google's bluffing. I'm still selling ads (11) 44.00%
  • Google's not bluffing. I've stopped selling ads (6) 24.00%
  • I'll stop at the slightest sign of trouble (please expalin what is that sign?) (4) 16.00%
  • Google's not 100% ready yet. I'll stop in a month or two. (4) 16.00%

I would love to see more responses in this anonymous poll.

Forum discussion at DigitalPoint Forums.

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10/16/2007 11:29 am

Google does not own the internet. If they want to provide free hosting and advertising then they can control what advertising I show, links or otherwise. I will do as I please and if my rankings drop then there are things that can be done that will improve my rankings, but still allow me to sell links. Michael

Jeremy Luebke

10/16/2007 02:56 pm

Wow, that is the most loaded set of questions I have seen on a forum poll in a long time. Reminds me of when I'm walking through the mall and get asked to take a survey and the questions are obviously geared to get a specific answer out of you. The poll answers should be yes, no, or maybe.

Chris Taylor

10/17/2007 02:55 pm

Why would anyone stop purchasing links if they are bringing in targeted customers and clients... just to please the search engine? Get rid of good ROI links to try and get better rankings to do the same thing. Madness is all I can say

Stephan Miller

10/17/2007 06:51 pm


Simone Icough

10/18/2007 12:04 pm

One minute, get links its good for business, the next thing, we will penalize you for buying links, it makes no sense. So are Google the only people allowed to sell advertising?? Hmmm

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