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SEO Website Audit

Twitter Question of the Week

June 30, 2010
This week I asked my Twitter followers:

Have you seen sites obviously penalized by Google and, if so, what was the cause?

Here's how they responded:

TheMadHat: Yes...buying links.

piconsulting: Contracted by a lawyer for SEO, had been banned for shady links.

kennyhyder: Yes. Bad links.

robwatts: Thin affiliate sites. Hidden text. Doorway pages. Ext. link manipulation. Paid links. Competitor links. Cloaking. Hacked.

terryvanhorne: Any technique that doesn't go their way is most SEO's Google penalty. Anything you do just for SE's has inherently more risk.

rishil: Link buying, Gbot cloaking.

wiep: Yes. Selling links, thin aff, cloaking, hidden text, doorway pages, link networks, noframe spam, mass dupe content.

benpfeiffer: Yes. But also surprised what they don't catch. Automated penalties/filters on dup content, link selling, thin affiliates.

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 mktgbill said:
I recently saw a site banned for using hidden text.
 Jill Whalen said:
Really mktgbill? I've never actually seen one banned for that.
 Ryan Jones said:
A client many years ago was banned for putting text way off the page (so you'd have to scroll right for several minutes to get it) That's why they came to me. So yeah, I've seen sites banned for using hidden text.