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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