Google Cost A Business $4 Million or Was It a Link Curator?

Aug 31, 2010 • 8:28 am | comments (1) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Search & Web SEO Spam posted a really great article with a very catchy title. The title is a bit misleading, it reads How Google Cost Me $4 Million. In short, it goes through a story of how a site was doing great on Google, until Google penalized them and they rankings tanked, costing them a fortune of money.

The article ends very well:

We didn't see the kind of ratings we had before the penalty until Google's Caffeine update, this June. That was our final pardon. Now we're back at the top.

Without the Google penalty, we wouldn't be anywhere near as far along as we are. You have two choices: You can roll over and die, or you can grow beyond it.

But I love how Googler's respond to the title. Let me quote some Tweets:

I'm pretty sure I even know the specific SEO that caused @gmtgiftbaskets are you going to name them? ;) #youveheardofthemless than a minute ago via web

This co. hired a Link Curator. Maybe link manipulators in the SEO trenches will reinvent themselves? than a minute ago via web

Reading . Agree with the comment by JustinM @ . Our guidelines are clear on this topic.less than a minute ago via web

Clearly the company and Google know stuff we don't know. But in the end, this company received a nice amount of links and even asked Matt:

@mattcutts But you could link to us out of the kindness of your heart ;)less than a minute ago via TweetDeck

I doubt you will see Matt link to them any time soon.

So who cost this gift basket company $4 million? Was it Google, a link builder or themselves?

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08/31/2010 08:06 pm

I wonder if they paid to get the link from too ;) If you check his site's backlinks, you can easily tell that they are still paying for links, and their competitors buy links as well. Google didn't penalize them for those links. They probably got penalized for buying links from text link brokers (those that are VERY obvious). Maybe G intercepted some sort of communication about this? If not, anyone could hurt its competitors by buying low quality links for them... I want to read what others think about this.

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