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SearchTerms Tagging 2 (BE CAREFUL!) 15 Sites BANNED/PENALIZED!

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Robby54, Sep 26, 2011.

  1. Robby54

    Robby54 Regular Member

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    Ok, I recntly noitice that my sites were banned\penalized because of this plugin.

    Now I know your going to ask how do I know this plugin was the reason I got banned\penalized?

    Well, for one all my sites were using this plugin and once I realized that one of my sites which I had for about 2 years was deindexed I did my own case study and heres how it went:

    I had 8 movie sites and all of them were raking #1 for all of there keywords and all of them got deindexed because of this very plugin so what I did was purchase 8 brand new domains transfer my files to the new domain (with a new hosting company) and did a 301 redirect. The sites were ranking fine ever better than before untill I got bitched slapped by google again (at this point in time I was not 100% aware that this plugin was the reason why google kept slaping me). I thought maby it might be the hosting companys ip it self which was black listed (which has happen to me before with altushost.com I recommend you stay far away from this hosting company).

    So once again, I purchased 8 new domain, new hosting account with yet again another hosting company and did a 301 and monitored the site like a hawlk and within a week all my pages were almost indexed by google and yet again I was slapped but this time not so hard. I only recived a penalization (but im sure if I waited an additional week my site would of also been deindexed) so I went a head and registerd my sites with google webmaster tools (I know, not a smart idea with a movie site;)) and did a reconcideration request and within a week google replied that I still was not following there guidlines so I went ahead a read there guidlines and the line that caught my attention was the one about keyword stuffing and that what google thought I was doing.

    So now what I did was purchased one more domain (I dident want to loose 8 more:)), kept the same hosting company and just did a 301 redirect WITHOUT Search Term Tagging 2 and lo and behold no penalties from google.


    Now just so you know that google is not targeting specific sites (like sites in the movie niche) This same thing happen to my 10+ year old sites which had PRs of 3+ and were in totally different niches and still suffered the same thing but the only difference was that none of them were banned only penalized

    SO to make a long story short, stay far away from this plugin if you value your site and if you feel like you must use it then its best to limit its usage to a very small amount of keywords...
     
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  2. allysona

    allysona Newbie

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    First I've heard of that specific plugin though a heads up is always appreciated
     
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  4. Robby54

    Robby54 Regular Member

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    nightshade787 Junior Member

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    How many incoming keywords did you display?
     
  6. chipmunk951

    chipmunk951 Senior Member

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    Never had a problem with STT 2,

    I only limit my posts to ~7-12 tags though.
     
  7. phpbuilt

    phpbuilt Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    I did a post exactly about this a few days ago. Read it over. (specifically point #2)

    Why redesigning your site will @*!(# you up.

    Tags and keyword stuffing will get you penalized, it sounds like what has happened.
     
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  8. Robby54

    Robby54 Regular Member

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    And you know what, I had a first hand experience with this on one of my movie sites last year. Every week I would have to go and remove these sex related keywords from my site because if I let the keyword stay for longer than a week I notice my SERP would drop down at least by 3 positions but as soon as I remove the offending key word within 3-4 days my site would go back to its normal position. I feel sorry for anyone using this plugin without knowing all the potential the side-effects of it.