Scammed or unlucky????

by sparish75 9 replies
I purchased a site based on front page ranking of Yahoo & Bing and the traffic this brought.
For a week before the purchase the main term ranked number 2, 1st page.
For a few days it remained at position 2, I was getting 2,500 a day.
Last 2 days, I don't figure in the first 10 pages!!! next to no traffic.
Can yahoo be manipulated like this or have I just lucked out?
#search engine optimization #scammed #unlucky
  • Profile picture of the author yukon
    Are all the backlinks still active?
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  • Profile picture of the author sparish75
    That question highlights what a naive newbie I am, I didn't think to look at that before the purchase. Webmaster tools says most links (60) comes from Flippa??? How does that work?
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    • Profile picture of the author dmtaylor247
      Originally Posted by sparish75 View Post

      That question highlights what a naive newbie I am, I didn't think to look at that before the purchase. Webmaster tools says most links (60) comes from Flippa??? How does that work?
      The site was most likely spammed and then put on Flippa for a quick sale. Well you have learned your lesson, don't buy websites from Flippa, the place is crawling with scammers and cheaters and thousands of low quality spammy websites.

      Are are some few genuine sales on Flippa but most are over $150K, the rest are scrap.
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      • Profile picture of the author OLechat
        Are are some few genuine sales on Flippa but most are over $150K, the rest are scrap.
        This isn't true. There are heaps of current listings for under $150k with proven monthly revenue, lots of backlinks, PR of 1 or higher, and other attractive stats.

        Want to find some great scores on Flippa? Use our advanced search function to weed out sites you wouldn't be interested in, save the search, and look at it periodically (or have the results emailed to you).

        Blind shopping is no way to spend money, especially online.
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  • Profile picture of the author Flippmate
    Have you contacted the seller about it? What did he write in his Auction listing? You can file a complaint if you feel you have been mislead. You can also start a dispute in Paypal but usually you won't have much chance because websites are not tangible items.
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  • Profile picture of the author Daones
    You never know with flippa the seller could be boosting the traffic or doing some other type of service to get more traffic... although I dont know how he could manipulate the rankings then see it drop off suddenly.. Your best bet just make the most out of it and try to get some of the rankings back also get the site on webmaster tools to make sure there isnt any problems thats also a start to see what keywords you can work on.

    I know one thing though ive sold a few sites in the past and the buyers just dont take care of the site or continue any SEO or promotions and it loses rankings.
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  • Profile picture of the author marketwarrior06
    Check those back links are they working? In most of the cases people sell those websites which have a huge number of visitors with high quality back links. just after getting the money they remove the back links and put another URL there.
    Its a scam i think
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  • Profile picture of the author darrenlc
    The previous owner may have been using a 301 direct from a more authoritive domain. Once it had been sold to you he could of just stopped the 301 and pointed it back to another of his sites to pass the authority to that instead.

    There seem to be so many scammers out there at the moment selling websites and SEO services and it's really hard to tell which are genuine and which are not.
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  • Profile picture of the author seoamandaallen
    I think it's a scam. And no one can influence or manipulate the rankings of any major search engines. But it may be possible that site has spammy links for quick and temporary traffic. Yahoo might caught those spammy links and deranked the website
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