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Is black hat seo illegal ?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by sophiesmith, Dec 12, 2012.

  1. sophiesmith

    sophiesmith Newbie

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    Is black hat seo illegal ?
     
  2. meannn

    meannn Supreme Member

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    It's not illegal. Just a little unethical.
     
  3. seochris96

    seochris96 Regular Member

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    You should try a forum search of this exact question. It's been discussed in length many times. However, the short answer is, most likely no. At least not most methods.
     
  4. ja1myn

    ja1myn Senior Member

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    Nope.
     
  5. bertbaby

    bertbaby Elite Member

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    Yes, stay away otherwise the Penguin will get you!
     
  6. iglow

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    blackhat seo is fully legal. fraud is illegal.
     
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    GreenGoblin BANNED BANNED

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    BlackhatSEO = Manipulating the system to create good legitimate results
     
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    Blackhat SEO is of course legal. Some blackhat MARKETING is not, fraud = fraud and most of the time there's laws about fraud.

    Taking advantage of loopholes/manipulating search engine algorithms is perfectly legal though.
     
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    Blackhat is more like engineering, whereas the illegal activity is the fraud.
     
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    Black Hat SEO is not illegal it is a smart technique used by people to edge an often quick advantage in SE indexing and ranking...

    There are risks of course but the (maybe short term) upside is that the rewards can be very high, which often offsets the risk and returns a profitable ROI
     
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    Yes it is illegal. - [Matt Cutts]
     
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    b1step-ahead Power Member

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    try googling it
     
  13. KraftyKyle

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    Do you honestly think it's against the law to build the reputation of your site by automating the process of naturally spreading the word of your website across the internet?
     
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    Most of the methods on BHW are greyhat, unless your cloaking, doing neg seo, or other commonly known blackhat techniques, you will see most of these methods are used by the so called 'experts' in the field of seo. #foodforthought.
     
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    Whomever says it's unethical should think twice, because your opponent already does it D:
     
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    Be careful, Matt Cutts will place you under citizen's arrest.
     
  17. cooooookies

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    Email-spam is illegal ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CAN-SPAM_Act_of_2003 ).
    Fraud is certainly illegal, especially in combination with false identities.

    Link-building is not illegal. Doing nasty stuff on facebook, twitter, etc. is legit. BUT: they may sue you == civil court, and this can be very expensive. Targetting individual blogs, forums, guestbooks is imho the best way not to attract any trouble.

    For most "black-hat" techniques you won't go to jail, but there is a inherent possibility that you get sued.
     
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    Black Hat Seo is not illegal in Google Land...

    but who gives a shit anyhow :cool:
     
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    Not illegal, just a hell of lot more fun! You get to play with all kinds of cool tools when your blackhatting.