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"grey Hat" Seo - What's Your View?
Posted 07 May 2009 - 10:11 AM
It seems like a logical idea to me: Sometimes sites do all of the hard-work that is encouraged such as frequently updating their site with unique content, but a competitor with a weak site might have one high PR link that causes them to be at the top.
So say somebody has a site that is updated on a daily basis with unique, interesting and dynamic content, and the site as a whole is a great site, but it needs that extra push. Is there anything wrong with purchasing a link from a related, high PR website or two? Would Google be able to penalise for that link? If so, how woulf there be any way for them to find out? And why wouldn't they penalise for a banner advert, isn't it exactly the same thing?
Posted 07 May 2009 - 10:25 AM
Posted 07 May 2009 - 10:42 AM
Of course there's nothing wrong with it. You can purchase links from whomever you want. It's not even "gray hat."
They don't penalize for purchased links, they simply try not to count them in their link popularity algorithm if they know for certain that it is a purchased link rather than a vote.
But how would they know unless you tell them?
By telling them I mean that perhaps you're using a link broker, or perhaps it says on the other site that the link is purchased or sponsored.
If the link appears to be a vote, however, Google doesn't just "know" everything. They're not listening in on your conversations on how much the link will be, etc.
(Moving this to the link buying forum as we have more info there. )
Posted 07 May 2009 - 10:56 AM
Posted 07 May 2009 - 10:57 AM
But seriously, even if G! finds out and consideres the link 'paid' it's not you who get penalised (if a penalty is imposed), it's the website who hosts the link, not the target website of the URL!
You may lose any PR the link gave you, but this is why you should pay for links for visitor streams and banner advertising / brand awareness and not for gaining inbound PR link juice.
If the paid advert is correctly put on their website, it's likely to have the rel='nofollow' attribute and so won't pass you any PR anyhow!
Posted 07 May 2009 - 11:33 AM
Who knows? They may even think that phrase "featured links" could be paid for.
Bottom line is we don't know. And honestly, it doesn't matter. Just purchase links that will provide you with targeted traffic to your site and if they count for link pop. it's gravy. If not, then whatever.
Posted 07 May 2009 - 11:57 AM
Yeah you're right. Cheers guys.
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Posted 05 December 2009 - 04:13 PM
Why? Is there a good reason not to?
Posted 07 December 2009 - 12:19 PM
I have no problem with Google having more information on what people click. It helps them improve their service, which helps me as both a customer and a user.
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