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Has Wordpress sites been devalued by Google?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by jcsuperstar, Apr 30, 2012.

  1. jcsuperstar

    jcsuperstar Regular Member Premium Member

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    Since the last couple of updates I've heard Google has Devalued Wordpress sites? Is this true? I know you can still rank Wordpress sites, so it's just a general question.

    Thanks in advance :)
     
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    No, don't be silly.
     
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    Anything is possible I suppose... but that would be a bit backwards of google to penalize new WP sites.
     
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    no.. i have a wordpress blog still on first page
     
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    Don't think so. BigG loves Wordpress. Its the most used CMS out there. Besides, there isn't any relation with WP and shitty sites. Webmasters make shitty sites. Not WP.
     
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    jcsuperstar Regular Member Premium Member

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    lol, so do I... I only asked if people think Google have Devalued Wordpress sites genreally, not de-indexed them ;)

     
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    Google doesn't care if it's wordpress or Joomla or plain static pages. As long as you have got quality contents and quality backlinks, google will love your website.
     
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    and the sky is falling.....
     
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    Actually, it is not WordPress that has been devalued, it is the [footer links also known as sponsored by links that are also know as author attribution links or designer attribution links]. These are the links WordPress theme designers embed in themes they have designed. Apparently, it doesn't matter if these links come from free themes or paid themes. The below quote comes from a webmaster who recently received a detected unnatural links notice from Google concerning the aforementioned links.


    Google wants me to remove links from sponsored WordPress themes

    I like it when Google folks tell you what exactly they find wrong with your site. It happens only rarely (to me anyhow) but when it does, it feels great. Until you realize that you can't do what they're telling you to...

    So, I have just been honored to receive another (#2 in my 10+ yrs career) personalized response to a reinclusion request. In it, they provide two examples of links they find "unnatural" ("inorganic" is how the person typing this message called them). One of them is a blogroll links from a buddy in the industry (not SEO industry, mind you, an actual "proper" manufacturing industry) that I can remedy by shooting a quick email, even though I didn't think genuine industry connections may hurt your site in this way. Kinda invalidates the whole point of blogrolls.

    But the second one puts me squarely in hot water, I don't know if I can possibly do anything about it: Some 2+ years ago in throws of questionable wisdom I sponsored about 5 or 6 WordPress themes where the "Designed by" link in the footer gets replaced by a link to your site. They were nice looking and "relevant" themes, at least as far as the name and pictures used in design suggest. They were not used much initially and I did not think much of them until these "unnatural links" notices started flying a month ago.

    So, now I have a confirmation from G that they do not like these links indeed. Problem is: several of those themes were linking directly to the homepage of the site. In the years past they were picked up by quite a few sites, some very unsavory, sometimes re-designed to look nothing like the original theme (yet the footer links remain). Some of these sites are hosted in faraway lands and I think it's quite obvious I cannot remove them.

    One or two of those WP theme links were pointing to subdirectories and I was able to "invalidate" the URLs to which they link by returning a 410 Gone response on these particular URLs. I hope this will take care of those (or will it?). But the ones pointing to the homepage - I can't possibly return 410 on it.

    The language of the email response is rather stern and includes a passage like "we will consider reviewing your reconsideration requests only after we see a significant decrease in the number of inorganic links". I am unhappy to report that most of them point to the homepage.

    I can't just pack up and leave to another domain for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that I don't want to look like a flight-by-night operation. It's a good name, took me awhile to find it and besides, I already moved the site once.

    So, what would you guys do? Has anyone been to a situation where the links were not removable? Has it been resolved? I'm looking for any comment or suggestions from fellow webmasters on how to proceed best.

    Thanks!


    If you recall, these links have been on Matt Cutts' radars since 2007. It seems as though Google is attempting to further strike fear in the minds and hearts of Internet Marketers.
     
  10. ComputerEngineer

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    Well they might be. Google is forcing small - medium size businesses to use adwords.