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How does Google, Alexa, Compete, etc view paid traffic

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Indexfive, Aug 22, 2012.

  1. Indexfive

    Indexfive Newbie

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    I'm looking to buy some traffic, but before I do it, I'd like to know how paid traffic effects a site's standing with Google.

    Also, how does paid traffic affect Alexa and Compete rankings?

    Thanks
     
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    Endire Elite Member Premium Member

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    Indexfive, I will have to research this more, but it seems that Amex is impacted by paid traffic and therefore you could improve your rankings. However, depending on whether alexa values the traffic coming from alexa toolbar participants or not, that seems to be up in the air these days, if you are planning to buy traffic, you might want to look at making sure you buy from sources that have users using a toolbar.

    Sources for research:
    http://geoffreymoffett.com/traffic-generation/alexa-traffic/
    http://www.talkarcades.com/talk-arcades/7253-alexa-paid-vs-organic-traffic.html
    http://www.seomoz.org/blog/testing-accuracy-visitor-data-alexa-compete-google-trends-quantcast
    http://www.economicaltraffic.com/alexa-main.asp

    With all this information provided, I would say that the best way to generate the highest metrics is making sure your site ranks well across all sources, not just one.

    Hope this helps!

    Shawn
     
  3. Indexfive

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    Thanks Shawn. My other concern is that the above mentioned sources may penalize my site for too much paid traffic. Any thoughts on that?