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Google Webmaster Tools notice of detected unnatural links to WEBSITE

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by regmant, Feb 26, 2012.

  1. regmant

    regmant Regular Member

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    "Dear site owner or webmaster of WEBSITE,

    We've detected that some of your site's pages may be using techniques that are outside Google's Webmaster Guidelines.

    Specifically, look for possibly artificial or unnatural links pointing to your site that could be intended to manipulate PageRank. Examples of unnatural linking could include buying links to pass PageRank or participating in link schemes.

    We encourage you to make changes to your site so that it meets our quality guidelines. Once you've made these changes, please submit your site for reconsideration in Google's search results.

    If you find unnatural links to your site that you are unable to control or remove, please provide the details in your reconsideration request.

    If you have any questions about how to resolve this issue, please see our Webmaster Help Forum for support.

    Sincerely,
    Google Search Quality Team"


    Just had the dreaded message in my Webmaster Tools account! Feel a little bit sick now!

    Site is 4-5 months old, and I have been building links aggressively, using a lot of services here on BHW, but nothing horrific like SB or Xrumer to the main site. The site was amazing for the first 3 months, but has dropped dramatically for the last 4 weeks, and now this. I thought it was just dancing. Bugger.

    I've submitted a reconsideration already, and have removed some links I'd bought off textlinks . com, but God knows which links they think are unnatural.
     
  2. HarrisonHill

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    Were they just blog posts or were they in the sidebar or homepage links?
     
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    Have you bought any Google +?
     
  4. regmant

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    They were contextual links, they usually sneak them in the footer - generally they look bad.
     
  5. HarrisonHill

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    Google+'s aren't links mate. His site was slapped because of links. I'm 80% sure they were homepage or sidebar links


    Were you building lots of backlinks daily or you were spreading them slowly?

    Anyways, remove all links from textlinks, or if u have any homepage, sidebar links, remove them as well. Then submit reconsideration request. There's a chance that your competitor reported you. Who knows...
     
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  6. regmant

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    I've used a G+ exchange service, but nothing massive, but still counts.
     
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    I got this message too this week for two of my sites.

    One is still ranking top 5 but it should be no.2, the other looks like it is at - 50 penalty. Only thing i have done recently is blog network posts.

    My understanding is to just keep building more diverse links and adding content and wait the 30 - 90 days till it gets released. I personally do not want to send a reconsideration request as i do not want to get a manual review and draw attention to my other 28 sites!!
     
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    I had 20 high PR blogroll style links from another service which I cancelled earlier this month as they looked really crap (all blogs looked the same - just slightly diff css colors). Oh well, I was just too gung ho.
     
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    Scary shit, so basically a competitor can just buy a high PR domain, 301 or link it to your Site and have you put under this situation..
     
  10. regmant

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    I think I had a manual review a month ago as I had this referrer in my Woopra stats:

    "www.corp.google.com/~XXXXXX/titles/site%20title%20study/XXXXXXXXX/search.html"
     
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    And here is your answer. Blogroll and homepage links suck, don't use them. Google hates such links, because they tend to manipulate pagerank. Usually, blog network backlinks aren't counted as pagerank manipulators, because they move out of homepage in about one day. But blogroll links are on every single page of domain. And that's huge manipulation of pagerank


    There are lots of thing competitor can do to hurt your site. Report your site to Google, blast xrumer shitty links to your site, or scrapebox links. But if you have good seo strategy and good links, it won't hurt you much, in the end, it will help you ;)
     
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    Well it would take a bit more than that but yeah looks like i could basically do some unnatural links to a competitor that is not an authority site and get them penalized.
     
  13. regmant

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    The site is currently still indexed and ranking ok (not brilliant, i.e in Jan I averaged 6k UV a day, now I average 300 UV a day - sucks) in G, just thinking it may plummet/disappear in the next few days.
     
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    Well i have Homepage links too but aren't these meant to be the best type of links you can have? If its the homepage links then i might get rid of all of mine! :eek:

    I think also a lack of keyword diversity might be my problem. I used 'keyword' and 'key word' only and guess Google figured thats more or less the same term?
     
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    Yeah, I have been mixing up my anchor diversity this week, lots of links for www.sitename.com rather than keyword, but maybe it was too late. Would love to know which links it was that triggered it.
     
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    They are, great link juice from homepage links, and great serp results + PR gain :) But I've seen lots of such threads lately, lots of people who used homepage links got this scary message from Google.

    "Specifically, look for possibly artificial or unnatural links pointing to your site that could be intended to manipulate PageRank. Examples of unnatural linking could include buying links to pass PageRank or participating in link schemes."
     
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    I just received the same message! suck...
     
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    I understand that bud but Google is cryptic and it also says due to "using techniques that are outside Google's Webmaster Guidelines."

    I've recently seen a few quality sites slapped with that message and every one of them was getting Google + through some kind of exchange or just outright buying them.

    Google does not ban + accounts is suspects of being bought. It simply flags them and let's them go forward. They look and feel like a normal account still. But you start getting a few of them +1'ing your website every day or so and it becomes a serious problem because it's obvious what you are doing.
     
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    Looks like they might be cracking down hard now on the High PR links?
     
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    I just got the same notice as well for about every site i have in google webmaster tools, over 30, and some i havent touched in over 3 months. Some of them i have been doing slow diverse backlinking. Although with some I have been using SEOlinkvine and SEOLINKMONSTER quite a bit as of late so i'm wondering if those sites are to blame.