Google Penalizes Blog Networks, Did SEOs Use It To Hurt Competitors?

Mar 27, 2012 - 8:58 am 56 by

Google Link Spam CaughtAs I reported at Search Engine Land, Google has caught another blog network in action after that blog network worked magic for a long long time. Those sites and webmasters who participated in that network reaped the benefits of good rankings and now find themselves penalized and some deindexed by Google completely. confirmed they were hit and is offering refunds to customers. There are rumors that other networks have also been hit but none of come out saying so, outside of What is funny is that they said, "in our wildest dreams, there’s no way we could have imagined this happening." And I am thinking, wow - people really think this will work in the long run?

When I posted this on my Google+ page I received a lot of questions on what is to stop someone from doing this to their competitor? Add them to a link network and them bam - good bye? Google says it is rare for links to hurt you if done by a third party - but anything is possible.

Which is why Google probably offers unnatural link warnings in Webmaster Tools.

In any event, what other link or blog networks were hit with this?

Dan Thies noticed this on March 15th and Matt Cutts of Google confirmed it on a tweet saying:

So which other networks were hit? Which will be hit in the future? Have you used this method to try to get short term gains and then sell it off? Have you used this method to try to hurt competitors?

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