Please read this whole thread! Some time ago I offered to post a really easy method on how to get free backlinks with 301 redirects. It was really simple: 1) You find a URL/link shortener that enables users to delete their own shorten URLs. 2) You scrape the web looking for high PR expired shorten URLs. 3) You point/link that URL back to your website. Results: 1) Some guy uses a URL shortener for their Amazon affiliate links or something else. 2) He promotes that website and posts it different places. 3) The URL gets banned for spam or he deletes it. 4) Since the URL is a 301 redirect you reuse it and get all the link juice back to your website + a bunch of outgoing links to your website from other sites. Ok! Since no one cared I used this method for myself. The URLs where picked up by ahrefs as redirects and the backlinks kept coming and so on and so forth... Until yesterday: "Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore" (...) (...) I was sorting out shorten URLs that I had reused and finding out their precedents and suddenly I discovered that one of them is linked to an official and Verified Google YouTube channel!!!!! So now, even though it's a nofollow Google is contributing to my niche! (LoL)!^100 So now I must face the consequences. As we speak Matt Cutts is coming for me! But do not worry because I've arranged some forms of protection. Best known form of protection against Matt Cutts and Google: - Place signs on your house's doors and windows with the following code: Code: [B]<META NAME="ROBOTS" CONTENT="NOINDEX, NOFOLLOW">[/B] So now Google can't find us! - Be careful when crossing roads because you never know where those Google Street View cars are! They will run you over or follow you home. Then they will delete your building/house/appartment from Google Maps, Earth and Street View. Facts about Matt Cutts: - History Channel "Ancient Aliens" season finale was about Matt Cutts. - He is the only person that can defeat Chuck Norris when dealing with spam removal. - He is single-handedly more successful enforcing the ban of canned spam and its consumption than the entire USA Prohibition in the 1920s and 30s (ban on the sale, production, and transportation of alcohol). Previously known confrontations: - Something similar to this usually happens when you mess with the big G: vimeo. /70498601 - Or in the worse case scenario something like this: (Everyone who took part in that BHW thread, shown in the image above, is now dead or missing!) Conclusion: - Do not mess with Matt Cutts or the big G because they will get you faster than Chuck Norris and Vladimir Putin put together.