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What is a paid link?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Pvlman, Mar 4, 2014.

  1. Pvlman

    Pvlman Regular Member

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    Is it just me or Matt basically talked for 7 minutes about nothing, just dictated what LAW can describe as paying/being paid (or receiving/giving something of significant value), but basically couldn't say anything about how THEY judge a paid link - because they simply can't discover whether an actual transaction took place or not (or whether it is of a significant value).

     
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  2. Patel

    Patel Senior Member

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    According to google, a paid link is when you buy link packages from SEO providers.

    Buying directory memberships, and website memberships to have a spot to put your link seems to be fine.
     
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    seocrab Senior Member

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    I think what he's saying is "we will decide when to penalize your site whenever the hell we like".
     
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    Serpable Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    ie they have no clue so will just make it up as they go along..
     
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    All links are paid links. For example, Google sells paid links via adwords, but those links don't count towards your ranking(adwords links only count if you become real good friend$$$ with google).

    Else, all other links are paid. You either pay for them in currency or in some other value. And THIS fact is what breaks Google's model : they want to control the value of links, which they can't, so we end up in this depressing situation with this corporate drone preaching bullshit on youtube videos.
     
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    PrinceVisi Elite Member

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    Remember!

    He gets paid 250k a year just to make everyone think the opposite of the obvious.
     
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    himanuzo Supreme Member

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    Google is not a perfect system. Google can't detect or judge a link as the paid link or not.
     
  8. seoov

    seoov Junior Member

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    Matt Cutts gets paid only $250K per year??
     
  9. Patel

    Patel Senior Member

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    But he probably has the ability to control who ranks where... and I wouldn't doubt he is putting some of his own websites at the top spot for competitive niches
     
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    WebMeUp Regular Member

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    We have summed up all the main points of Matt Cutts's video in this blog post:

    http://webmeup.com/blog/could-you-be-paying-for-links.html

    In addition, we have also described some real-life examples of the best and the worst practices similar to those articulated by Matt Cutts.

    Hope, it will help to get a better understanding of what a paid link actually is.
     
  11. tony_d

    tony_d Elite Member

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    Surprising as it may seem, a paid link is one which is paid for.
     
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