Google: Ignore Link Spam Ransom Attempts

Oct 15, 2019 • 7:11 am | comments (7) by | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

Ransomware Google Link Spam

Google's John Mueller is once again telling webmasters that they do not need to respond or lose sleep over ransom link spam attempts. These are when you get an email from someone saying if you don't do X, i.e. pay us, we will spam your site with bad links, which will result in your site being negatively impacted in Google Search.

John Mueller of Google said it won't work, you can ignore those emails.

He responded to this twice on Sunday morning saying "You can ignore it. It's just spam." He also said "No. We just ignore links like that. At most, it keeps them busy doing useless things, rather than improving their business. That's good for you, too bad for them :-)."

Here is the email that is being sent out:

Ransomware Google Link Spam

Here are John's responses on Twitter:

It makes me wonder if someone is doing this to go after MarketingVape folks?

In any event, this advice is not new. John and Google has been saying this since 2013 and earlier.

Forum discussion at Twitter.

Note: This story was pre-written before the Sukkot holiday. I am currently offline for the holiday and unable to respond to comments on this site, social, media or other platforms.

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