Tip: Don't Spam Official Search Engine Forums

Sep 16, 2009 • 8:05 am | comments (3) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Bing Search
 

I never understand it when I see trolls come into forums, owned and managed daily by search engine representatives, and spam them. It is clear that these forums are crawling with people who can seriously impact your site's ranking in that search engine - but they are clueless to that fact?

Two recent examples for you:

(1) A Bing Forum thread discusses one member who has been just spamming the forum with link drops to his site. Literally every post of his, is a link to his site. The posts rarely answer questions related to the thread, they are just clogging up the forum.

One active webmaster finally called him out and then warned him:

And a side note, you really think it's a good idea to do this in the forum from a search engine company? I am sure they can add and remove URLs from the index if they really want this...

(2) Some guy came into the Google Webmaster Help forums and asked outright to do link exchanges. I mean, come on! Besides for Google clearly not approving such methods of link building, the forum is filled with people who absolutely hate exchanging links with others.

One of the main DO NOTs of SEO is DO NOT raise a red flag on your site. Coming into an official search engine forum that clearly is monitored by search reps and spamming it with links to your site, doesn't just raise a red flag, but gives them a bulls eye. Now, if you are doing this to a competitor, that is a different evil story.

Forum discussion at Bing Forum and Google Webmaster Help.

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Comments:

Tobias

09/16/2009 12:46 pm

"Some guy came into the Google Webmaster Help forums and asked outright to do link exchanges" LOL! The dumb guys are not the worst. It is the spammers who actually pretend that their site is in trouble to try and tease information out of industry experts.

aukseo

09/17/2009 09:37 pm

I noticed this a couple of days before your post, it;s got really bad on old posts with links to adults sites now appearing too on Bing Webmaster Forums http://www.aukseo.co.uk/bing-webmaster-forums-links-free-for-all-629/

Luke Jones

09/18/2009 08:20 am

There's this and then there's e-mails that you receive. They're the worst. I'm on a lot of web-based communities, and it's started to grind my gears when they put a misleading title, then put some blatant link-baiting on. If they had any idea about SEO, they'd know that putting a link so deep in a forum that has nofollow links is USELESS!

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