Are Competitors Stealing Your Links?

Jul 14, 2010 • 8:51 am | comments (2) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Link Building Tips & SEO

A paid member only thread at WebmasterWorld has outstanding discussion around the topic of competitors stealing your links.

You have sites that you work on, continuously over the past several years. You build high quality content, attract relevant and top quality links and then your competitors just take it all away from you.

The thread discusses methods used by competitors to easily take away those links through manual means. These are not hacking attempts but rather scare tactics. The thread discusses specific tactics that work at really high rates. I won't discuss those tactics here, since it is a private thread but I will discuss the advice given.

It is always a good idea to keep track of your current links and then be aware when a link you acquired over time is lost. If it is lost, you should be aware of why? Was the page removed? Did they drop all the links? Did the link swap out to a competitor? So keep tabs on your links and, in this case, be reactive to changes with your links.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld (paid subscription required).

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Michael Martinez

07/14/2010 05:45 pm

Or people could just stop obsessing over links and practice REAL search engine optimization. Those who live by the link die by the link.

SEO Professionals

08/26/2011 08:55 pm

Your goal in doing this is to find out who your competitors are receiving their traffic from. If your competitors are outranking you on the search engines and you want to know one of the many reasons why then this is a first and bountiful step towards your goal. If you want to find out who your competitors are, think outside the box! I own a web design company so there are about 30,000,000 different competitors. I had to narrow it down a little today by focusing on the keyphrase “minnesota web design” on the search engines. Sure, I am working to take on the entire state of designers but that’s a challenge I think I can take head on.

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