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Is this going to affect anything?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by thenwhat, Oct 24, 2014.

  1. thenwhat

    thenwhat Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I started a site about a week ago and I bought a small package of social signals.

    The service I bought from asked me how many of shares/likes/+/etcetera I had before buying from them (Which I thought would be 0)

    They said I had 23,000 Google + likes which they never gave me.

    So I asked how I could check the amount of google + likes. They told me to check likeexplorer.com and plusonechecker.net.

    What do you know, I have a little over 23k likes.

    Is this going to affect my site being white hat? Is google going to think I'm undergoing black hat methods?
     
  2. Zwielicht

    Zwielicht Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    Fake likes and +'s are against Facebook and Google+'s TOS respectively, although Facebook enforces this more aggressively than Google. Google, at the most, will delete your Google+ account, but they've also been known to roll back the number of Google+'s you have. Facebook, on the other hand, will either delete your account or sue you, although they'll more than likely just delete your account.

    If you're worried about receiving a manual penalty or an algorithmic penalty, I wouldn't worry about it too much. From what I understand, social signals are not used as a ranking factor in the SERPs.

    By the way, once you do something black hat to your website, you no longer have a white hat website, you have a "grey hat" website.
     
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    Can you elaborate a little more on this subject?
     
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    Black Hat
    A black hat website is a website that deliberately uses black hat SEO to rank.

    White Hat
    A white hat website is a website that tries its best to follow Google's TOS to rank.

    Grey Hat
    A grey hat website is a website that utilises black hat and white hat techniques.
     
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