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Google has just slapped Portent Page 60 SE penalty!

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by AaronHarris, Mar 21, 2014.

  1. AaronHarris

    AaronHarris BANNED BANNED

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    Have you heard the news regarding how Google penalized Portent to page 60 rank?? That was awful!

    Do you think they did some Black hat to have that penalty? They are claiming they are all White Hat from the start.

    Me, personally I think there is Black hat involved. Google won't just penalize you without any reason.
     
  2. MacallanPlease

    MacallanPlease Newbie

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    I've met and spoken with Ian many times. Really nice guy and I believe him when he says he is all white hat. It's too easy to check ahrefs or majestic for a backlink profile, go do it - I see nothing shady and in this industry it is next to impossible to hide blackhat links with a quick manual inspection.

    If anything, this is the reason to not trust Google. Even with an incredibly reputable brand like Portent and doing all white hat, you can still get penalized. F the G, do what gets you results - whether you choose the riskier path or not.
     
  3. TheUnborn

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    Can you share the link f the news please
     
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    I'm sorry to say that this news does not surprise me. The only way to grow is for Google to consume. Penalizing websites, for whatever reason, is just another excuse for them to give better ranks to the companies they own, invest in or have partnered with. To be honest, there is a finite amount of marketing dollars in the world to be had. Google knows that if businesses spend money with internet marketing / seo companies, that would mean less money for those same businesses to spend on Adwords. Google already killed off a number of "white hat" seo companies, and I'm sure more will fall in the future.

    Regardless of what my opinions are, I'm sure Portent's blog post will scare off a good number of potential clients.
     
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    There is no such thing as white hat.

    Any links intended to manipulate PageRank or a site's ranking in Google search results may be considered part of a link scheme and a violation of Google?s Webmaster Guidelines.

    That means if you build JUST ONE link to your website, that CAN be considered a violation of the Google's Webmaster Guidelines, and they CAN penalize your website.

    Of course that doesn't mean you can't get away with thousands of links, but be aware of the fact that they CAN screw you for any link you build, if they want.
     
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    Guess they didn't pay their AdWords bill ;)
     
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    Hey all - I can tell you a bit of the story here:

    We definitely had some black hat stuff back in our past. That's IF you can count about a dozen keyword-stuffed blog posts from 2012 or earlier, and some sitewides we missed in the last few years. As those sites grew, it got pretty blatant. A sudden growth spurt this week plus a site relaunch in January was all it took at that point.

    It's also possible Google simply overdid it, and we got back into the SERPs because they dialed things back.

    Did this all make sense? I don't think so, at least from an efficiency standpoint - why waste resources slamming us when there are lots of sites with hundreds (thousands?) of keyword-stuffed posts?

    I won't protect 'unfairness' or any such. Google is a private business and can do what they want. I do think it's a pretty strong warning, and it may drive some folks away from old-style SEO.

    Which may be why it happened, of course.
     
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    Oh, and on the bright side: With all our pages gone from the first 5 rankings pages, we found a few real horse's asses stealing our content.
     
  11. Hubba

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    Using a WA IP I don't see your site in the first 70 results searching for portent. It is strange for them to penalize so harshly for a non-competitive brand name. I've had sites manually penalized in the past, but they usually showed on page 1 for the brand name, unless the brand was keyword stuffed ;^)
     
  12. ComputerEngineer

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    when i type portent at private browsing

    not in first 10