Can BlackHat SEO methods implemented on one site harm my Google Webmaster profile/other websites ?

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Hi Guys,
I own quite a few websites, all registered under one Google Webmaster / Analytics account.
One of my sites is not evergreen and I believe it has about 6-12 months from now to keep going, so I was considering implementing some link buying (something that I'm traditionally not a fan of).
My questions is, if it is implemented badly on my behalf and Google decides to punish one of my sites for unnatural link building, or for any other reason, will it harm my webmaster profile or other sites of mine?
My instinct says that it shouldn't, because potentially I could be running all these websites for my clients, whereas one of them should not suffer because the other has decided to implement a specific method.
However, on the other side, I don't completely trust Google either..
Anyone knows the answer for that?
Appreciate the help!
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  • Profile picture of the author sunray
    People wearing black hats usually don't go to Google clubs. I don't think anyone would know what happens to them there.
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  • Profile picture of the author KenThompson
    Originally Posted by IMPromocoder View Post

    My questions is, if it is implemented badly on my behalf and Google decides to punish one of my sites for unnatural link building, or for any other reason, will it harm my webmaster profile or other sites of mine?
    I don't think it will harm your profile or analytics accounts. I personally know of people who have been slapped for various things and they're still using GA.

    However, I have read very many times of people getting slapped, and Google penalized other sites on their hosting account. Seems to be an assumption of impropriety but it still seems to have been made with resultant negative action.

    My instinct says that it shouldn't, because potentially I could be running all these websites for my clients, whereas one of them should not suffer because the other has decided to implement a specific method.
    One would think. But that doesn't count.

    However, on the other side, I don't completely trust Google either..
    Smart man.
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  • Profile picture of the author jamesrich1
    I would never suggest doing black hat for the suspicions that you have. Its hard for anyone except Google to answer that with 100% certainty.
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  • Profile picture of the author johnben1444
    Only the penalized site will be affected, your webmaster profile is just there to show you your wrong doings and nothing more. The other sites you have there are not going to be affected because they are not the bad guys..
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  • Profile picture of the author OneManSEO
    Is playing with fire in a dry grass field dangerous?
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
    Originally Posted by IMPromocoder View Post

    My instinct says that it shouldn't, because potentially I could be running all these websites for my clients, whereas one of them should not suffer because the other has decided to implement a specific method.

    Why would Google care about being fair? They care about trying to give the best results to their users. If they catch someone blatantly gaming the system, and can pin other sites related to the same user, they very well might wipe them all out.

    Shoot first, ask questions later.

    There have been plenty of threads around here before of people claiming multiple sites got tanked and the only thing related between them was a GA or WMT account. They might have been full of crap. I don't know.

    Nobody knows for sure, but why take the chance?
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  • Profile picture of the author Ezra Anderson
    From my experience, yes, using spammy link building techniques on Website A can ALSO penalize Website B, C, D, etc. If Google can figure out that you own all of the sites, then there is a good possibility that your other sites could be penalized.

    My whole hosting account got penalized, so I had to go buy new hosting... :p
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  • Profile picture of the author IMPromocoder
    Thanks all for the replies, I'd say it's 50-50 by the answers here.
    That's the way Google loves us - confused.
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