WARNING About Backlink Services Spamvertising

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I outsourced some backlink building a few weeks ago and I just received this message from Host Gator:

Hello,

We have received complaints of the domain "XXXXXXXXX" being spamvertised (Spamvertising - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia). Advertising your domain via spam is a violation of our Zero Tolerance Spam Policy as found in section three of our terms of service. As such, we are requesting an explanation for the attached email and will require a resolution to this matter within the next 48 hours. If you have any questions please let us know.

Host Gator is the best hosting provider I've ever used and I do not want to lose this account.

This is a reseller account and I have about 30 other peoples websites on this account besides my own 20 something sites.

If something happens to this account I am going to be in big trouble.

I don't know if this is a common problem with backlink services, a new thing that is going to be cracked down on, a bad provider, or I just got unlucky.

I just wanted to warn people to be careful with backlink services. You may lose alot.
#backlink #services #spamvertising #warning
  • Profile picture of the author SEOPoints
    If Host Gator establishes a policy of deactivating accounts that get reported for "spamvertising" then they're opening the doors for a lot of foul play.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      I think it's only a matter of time before search engines like google discount links from blogs and forums. Yes, that could happen.

      I see people advertise "hire me to create backlinks to your site" and wonder how many would bite if the ad read "let me spam forums and blogs for you".

      The original method was to participate in forums and offer good comments on blogs - but now the goal is to slap as many links on other people's sites as you can without contributing anything worthwhile.

      Many hiring these services have not stopped to think about what they are doing or how the links are being created. That warning is a scary wakeup call.

      kay
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      • Profile picture of the author Andrew Stevens
        Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

        I think it's only a matter of time before search engines like google discount links from blogs and forums. Yes, that could happen.

        I see people advertise "hire me to create backlinks to your site" and wonder how many would bite if the ad read "let me spam forums and blogs for you".

        The original method was to participate in forums and offer good comments on blogs - but now the goal is to slap as many links on other people's sites as you can without contributing anything worthwhile.

        Many hiring these services have not stopped to think about what they are doing or how the links are being created. That warning is a scary wakeup call.

        kay

        I know, as far as I've seen all backlink providers are spammers.
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        • Profile picture of the author Kay King
          All you have to do is spamvertise your competitor's site.
          In reality, many are too busy spamvertising their own sites to worry about others.
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    • Profile picture of the author Andrew Stevens
      That's true. That gives me hope.


      Originally Posted by SEOPoints View Post

      If Host Gator establishes a policy of deactivating accounts that get reported for "spamvertising" then they're opening the doors for a lot of foul play.
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    • Profile picture of the author Marhelper
      Originally Posted by SEOPoints View Post

      If Host Gator establishes a policy of deactivating accounts that get reported for "spamvertising" then they're opening the doors for a lot of foul play.
      That is totally true. All you have to do is spamvertise your competitor's site.
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  • Profile picture of the author DogScout
    Not all.
    Some have actually build blog empires and 2.0 empires that they use to weave back-links into. Like any service, you just need to be careful who you deal with and get as much information as to their 'protocol' as you would your doctor if you had a condition. In other words, even outsourcing you have to do the due diligence. Especially as it is your rep on the line. Good luck with Host gator.
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    • Profile picture of the author Tyson Faulkner
      SPAMvertising is one of the easiest way to build links and get SEO ranking higher, that's why it's caught on so fast and furious lately. The only problem I have with it is that you're trying to trick Google.

      The whole point of the link-juice type ranking system Google has is to rank the sites that actually have good content higher in the serps. 'Good' content meaning that other people have read it and liked it, and therefore linked to it.

      I tried this for awhile, but I couldn't help feeling unethical about it, especially when I would come to websites that have disabled registration because of all the SPAMvertising they are getting.

      I'm definitely not in the place to pass judgement on anyone else that does it, but for me, it's not how I want to build my business. One of my main goals as a marketer and person in general is to be "above reproach." For my business, creating accounts and putting links to my stuff doesn't keep me above reproach.
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      • Profile picture of the author JNFerree
        Originally Posted by Tyson Faulkner View Post

        SPAMvertising is one of the easiest way to build links and get SEO ranking higher, that's why it's caught on so fast and furious lately. The only problem I have with it is that you're trying to trick Google.

        The whole point of the link-juice type ranking system Google has is to rank the sites that actually have good content higher in the serps. 'Good' content meaning that other people have read it and liked it, and therefore linked to it.

        I tried this for awhile, but I couldn't help feeling unethical about it, especially when I would come to websites that have disabled registration because of all the SPAMvertising they are getting.

        I'm definitely not in the place to pass judgement on anyone else that does it, but for me, it's not how I want to build my business. One of my main goals as a marketer and person in general is to be "above reproach." For my business, creating accounts and putting links to my stuff doesn't keep me above reproach.
        Spot on Tyson!

        I'd much rather find those quality sites to connect with and leave a pithy Comment vs. hand-off (outsource) to a 3rd party who could care less of the consequences of leaving a Spamvertised message. This is one of the reasons I bought the Market Samurai tool and they've got a nice video series on how to find these quality high ranking sites. Every week or so, I send a new crop of such sites to my readers. I've included a recent example of 15 such sites that you might find useful if social media is part and parcel of your marketing mix.
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    • Profile picture of the author TheRichJerksNet
      Originally Posted by DogScout View Post

      Not all.
      Some have actually build blog empires and 2.0 empires that they use to weave back-links into. Like any service, you just need to be careful who you deal with and get as much information as to their 'protocol' as you would your doctor if you had a condition. In other words, even outsourcing you have to do the due diligence. Especially as it is your rep on the line. Good luck with Host gator.
      Exactly ... people should do more research and planning instead of jumping on the next and greatest WSO / Website Launch that pops up because they think they can make a quick buck with their crappy service...

      James
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    • Profile picture of the author lynchd57
      I agree l think it depends on the credibility of the firm who do the work and what standards they have in order.They tell you to do it slowly and methodically and screen their quality of backlinks and relativity.

      David
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  • Profile picture of the author zoobie
    Well. It is true who you will deal with. Make sure you ask them questions on how would they do their links but of course sometimes you still may got wrong people or under qualified individuals
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    • Profile picture of the author A Bary
      I can't understand HostGator's case.

      What if these links were built by a competitor?
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  • What was the e-mail that they sent? I would be interested in reading that...

    And was it sent because your site was 'e-mail' blasted, or simply 'linked' in other websites?
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  • Profile picture of the author dbadwal
    I don't think hostgator can do that because I would be the first person to ban my competitor's account. Ha ha.......
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  • Profile picture of the author MisterMunch
    It is to easy to say that they cant do that because a competitor could ruin your business. That is why they sent the email.

    I myself lost a Squidoo lens due to forum profile backlinking. The owner had sent an email to Squidoo, and they deleted my lens. I have also seen websites mentioning these methods of trickery in their terms.

    I still use the method to a certian extent, but I perfer article marketing and other forms of traffic generation for SEO.

    I have enough history in this game to know that this method will be eliminated as a way to increase ranking in a relatively short amount of time.

    So google does not like it, and your host does not like it. Be carefull.
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  • At least you got the mail ahead of time. Host Gator has a reputation for shutting down sites without giving enough notice to the owners of the site.

    Guilty until proven innocent.

    Host Gator is a very average host.
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