Hi I am newbie to the site My name is Dave.
I am not in to SEO as a living and my knowledge is limited but I have a question to ask as my existing SEO Company have been doing what I will try and explain in a moment but I am not sure if this would be considered underhanded by either Google or other Companies.
OK here goes.
Large SEO and Website UK Company
They make lots of Web sites
They sell SEO to all of these Businesses they have made web sites for.
So far so good.
OK this is what I think is unethical.
They start submitting the web sites to Business directories as part of link building
They have a 2 or 3 pseudonym names (maybe more) who all submit the sites to the business directory and then one of the other 2 submit a Customer review scoring maximum scores for this business..
Each pseudonym will have between 50 and 200 reviews they have submitted associated with there user name all for Companies who are paying for SEO
I came across this by chance when I was investigating how many back links I have to my site. Well SEO is not cheap and I am always worried just what are they doing for there money. Now I know.
Could you let me know if this is acceptable?
If not what implications will this have on my site
Is this considered Black hat
I am really worried this may poop up my site within Google and potentially put me back six months within my seo campaign.
any thoughts and opinions would be very much appreciated.