What i find odd about paid links requests

by captivereef 3 replies
I have a few well trafficked mortgage sites that i get paid link requests for all the time, weird thing is they are all from gmail accounts. Every single one of them. Probably over 100 requests and all from gmail. I wonder is Google is baiting webmasters or am i being paranoid?
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  • Profile picture of the author aaajane
    Hi,
    I don't know if Google is baiting webmasters. But don't do it, i read somewhere they have very sophisticated technology to determine quality of links. Also it is super easy for someone to report you. It's not worth the $50 or so you will get for selling a link.

    You have a right to be paranoid. Google is serious about penalizing link sellers.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jelasco
      Yes, apparently only Google should sell links.
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      • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
        Originally Posted by captivereef View Post

        I have a few well trafficked mortgage sites that i get paid link requests for all the time, weird thing is they are all from gmail accounts. Every single one of them. Probably over 100 requests and all from gmail. I wonder is Google is baiting webmasters or am i being paranoid?
        I doubt if Google is baiting webmasters. For an outfit that size, it's more effort than it's worth. If they thought you were somehow "bad", they'd simply deep-six your sites with no notice. Why run a sting?

        Originally Posted by aaajane View Post

        Hi,
        I don't know if Google is baiting webmasters. But don't do it, i read somewhere they have very sophisticated technology to determine quality of links. Also it is super easy for someone to report you. It's not worth the $50 or so you will get for selling a link.

        You have a right to be paranoid. Google is serious about penalizing link sellers.
        What Google dislikes, according to Matt Cutts and others, is linking purely for the sake of SEO. If I'm running a mortgage site, and I sell a link to, say, a FSBO ebook, how is that going to lower my quality score? The link is relevant.

        On the other hand, If I run a mortgage site, and I sell a link to site selling ring tones or video game cheats, then it's obvious I'm selling links purely for the PR value and the link juice. I should be penalized according to the idea of a "quality score."

        If the criteria for judging links was pure commercial value, affiliate marketing would be toast.
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