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Rich snippet (user rating)

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by dienummer, Aug 25, 2013.

  1. dienummer

    dienummer Junior Member

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    Was just wondering what if you use rich snippet to give your site a 5 star rating (fake reviews) and show it in Google search result. Can this backfire/get you penalized?
     
  2. Endire

    Endire Elite Member Premium Member

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    Dienummer,

    I haven't checked around very deeply but I'm thinking you are right. There isn't really any mechanism to make sure reviews are actually legit. If google sees the proper markup in code, it will display the stars in SERPs.

    Here is an article written on it but its kind of dated,

    http://www.bruceclay.com/blog/2012/04/google-rich-snippet-spam/

    It would be interesting to hear if Google had found a way to police this.

    Best,

    Shawn
     
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  3. dinkish

    dinkish Power Member

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    If it doesn't have an "immediate" negative, it will very shortly. This idea will be a thing of the past like cramming endless numbers of keywords, or disguising text with a similar background.
     
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    Untouchable Supreme Member

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    Nope. It wont have any negative affect.
    Source:Experience. I have done it for months.
     
  5. aspe_heat

    aspe_heat Power Member

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    I believe it has no possible negative effect, simply because it's not mandatory and not many sites have it anyway.