SEOs Can't Agree on Risk of Link Buying

May 19, 2010 • 7:01 am | comments (5) by | Filed Under Link Building Tips & SEO

About a month ago, we ran a poll asking you how risky are paid links? We all know how much Google hates sites that buy or sell links. But many SEOs are convinced the risk is worth the potential reward. So we ran a poll so that I can gauge how concerned our readers are about paid links and after about 250 responses, I thought I share the numbers with you.

Overall, we have a wide range of responses that show me that SEOs can't agree on this topic. I asked to rate how risky link buying is on a scale from 1 to 5, 1 being the very risky and 5 being not risky. Most SEOs voted on 3, yes, 93 votes or 31.42% were saying its risky, but not too risky. Then 24.66% or 73 people said it is closer to not being risky, voting on 4. Then the next most popular vote was 20.95% or 62 people voting 2, for just behind being very risky. 11.82% said it is not risky at all and 11.15% said it is very risky.

Here is the chart:


Forum discussion continued at WebmasterWorld.

This was scheduled to be posted today. I am offline today and scheduled several polls for the days I am offline. I am back Friday, May 21st.

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