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Partner raised backlinks from 1 to c.8.000 through his landing pages

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by StuggiSEO, Mar 5, 2014.

  1. StuggiSEO

    StuggiSEO Newbie

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    Hi all,
    I am new to SEO and it is actually not my main field of activities. So far I didn't find any answers to this question and I hope that someone could help me / confirm my assumption.

    I run a car rental / shuttle business in Berlin. One of my partners set up almost 8.000 landing pages in January ("Shuttle in Stuttgart", Shuttle in Hamburg" etc. etc. etc.) and linked me on every single landing page, 7.966 to be exact.
    c.2 weeks later I lost first position for the keyword "company name" to a company which has a homepage from the 90s and whose trafic amounts to even not 10% of the traffic I have.
    Am I right with the assumption that Google punishs my page for the link flood of my partner?
    I did only white hat SEO so far, posted only unique content and link building has always been organically.

    Could anyone confirm my assumption or am I wrong?
    If I ask the partner to remove my links from his homepage - how long will it take until Google "forgives" this "spamming"?
    If removed, will it still affect my ranking negatively in the future?

    I am really annoyed from this all. My CTR for organic traffic decreased from > 40% to c.10%...

    Thanks for any help!
    Cheers,
    Max
     
  2. sashablack

    sashablack Elite Member

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    sounds like google may have slapped you for those links, where are those links located? and have you check your google webmaster ?

    -Sasha
     
  3. jstover77

    jstover77 Executive VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    What up Max? Hit me up on Skype. I will take a look at it. Your intuition is probably correct, but there are things we need to look at.
     
  4. StuggiSEO

    StuggiSEO Newbie

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    Yes, I got the info from the webmaster tools...
    The partner page is busticket.de, a bus ride comparison portal.
    If you google for "bus from (city a) to (city b)" the partner is listed with his landing pages for every imaginable intercity coaches connection in Germany. My link is listed on the bottom of his landing pages where is a list of a couple of partners including me...
     
  5. StuggiSEO

    StuggiSEO Newbie

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    Has anyone else an idea on this issue?
    Webmaster tools doesn't indicate that anything is wrong, no errors or anything...