Cheaters Never Prosper Unless You’re A Shady Blogger
Okay, you may be asking what’s all the angst about cheaters in the Blogging world. After all, there have always been people cheating the system whether in Blogging, or in life in general…
Yet, lately I have noticed a massive spike in the number of websites with almost zero ranking factors that are all over the top end of the search results…
Not only this, there are sites using many practises which we are told will get our sites penalized, or maybe even banned.
Yeah, I know! This is nothing new, you say! What I think is new is how some sites are dong this out in the open, and they are not shy in talking of the tactics they use…..
Cheaters are Using Very Nasty Black Hat tactics
Something which is a far more serious issue is that many cheaters are using tactics not to improve their own sites, but to create problems for other websites(competitors sites)….and what the Cheaters are doing is called “Negative SEO“…..
Negative SEO is the practise of flooding(or bombing) a competitors site with thousands of links which then results in a Google penalty, and the site losing it’s ranking positions….
Here’s a fantastic article called Negative SEO a new online Evil written by Gordon Campbell on the UK Guardian website…
Gordon does a great job of outlining just how serious the problem of Cheaters using Negative SEO tactics is….and the article is worth reading….
Many website owners use various so called “white hat” or even slightly “grey hat” SEO tactics to improve their sites, and most people would agree that it’s not an issue, though, as I mentioned in a recent post about the Google Sandbox effect, it seems many cheaters are using “ultra black hat” style tactics, and seem to be getting away with it….for now, anyway..
Thankfully, Google has providing the Google links disavow tool. The Google disavow links tool was created to help webmasters who have been flooded with spam links by cheaters or competitors, so they can try to clean up their websites.
Some sites have received the dreaded ” we have detected unnatural links” message in their webmaster tools…and there has been plenty of talk of sites being bombed with thousands of spam links….
The Online Black Hat Cheaters May Have the Upper Hand—for now!
Though, the truth is that in many cases not even the Google disavow links tools can be of much use if cheaters are using mass link bombing Negative SEO..
So it looks like the year 2013 may be remembered as the year that online cheaters took Negative SEO Black hat tactics to a whole new level, and turned the Blogging world upside down….
Your turn now!
What are your own thoughts and experiences on Negative SEO and the cheaters that use this Black Hat Method?