by Mortex
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If my competitors are buying paid links from blog sidebars, can i report them to google? Had anybody had any success doing so? What is your opinion?

Thanks very much
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  • Profile picture of the author rjames
    Originally Posted by Mortex View Post

    If my competitors are buying paid links from blog sidebars, can i report them to google? Had anybody had any success doing so? What is your opinion?

    Thanks very much
    try it, but trust me you are wasting your time...Google doesnt care about one super tiny fish...they are trying to bring down the 500lb gorillas causing problems to their super easy to beat algo....
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  • Profile picture of the author online only
    This is pretty "ugly" strategy to be honest. I can't say it works, but it could. Karma is a bitch you know...
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    • Profile picture of the author Mortex
      They are owning the ranks with these paid links. I'm thinking about doing some negative seo for them. :p
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      • Profile picture of the author danparks
        Originally Posted by Mortex View Post

        If my competitors are buying paid links from blog sidebars, can i report them to google? Had anybody had any success doing so? What is your opinion?
        Originally Posted by Mortex View Post

        They are owning the ranks with these paid links. I'm thinking about doing some negative seo for them. :p
        Maybe slow down a little. There's nothing wrong with paid advertisements. That's what businesses do -- pay for advertising. That's what Google's own AdSense/AdWords is all about after all -- paid ads. And every time you do a search in Google, you see paid results at the top and right side of the results page. Paid ads, supported and encouraged by Google.

        What it sounds like you're talking about is blogroll ads. That column of short, few words, text links on the right side of a (usually) WordPress site, right? That's not "illegal." Whether or not Google gives much credibility to these as far as SERP results is debatable. I suspect they don't (it's pretty obvious, even to an automated spider system like Google uses, that a series of short contextual links grouped together are paid-for ads). People can argue til they're blue in the face as to whether blogroll ads work, are "legitimate," are "fair," etc. But they exist, they're well-known to Google and everyone else, and aren't really a big deal.

        Most people would agree that something like a contextual link within an article on a page with some PR is far more valuable and important in ranking for a keyword. Why not just work to get those? And, if you think blogroll links are helping your competitor in ranking, then why not fight fire with fire and get some of those yourself? I personally don't think they help much, if at all, but if you think it's working, then get some. I'm sure you can find many site owners that will give you a little text link for just a few bucks.

        You might want to keep in mind what "online only" said above -- karma's a bitch. If you try to destroy a person's site/business because that person is getting some blogroll links, you should probably expect some pay back that might not be pretty for you. Just focus on getting good backlinks for your own site and don't worry about what the other guys are doing. If the person was doing something really dirty and personal, like trying negative SEO on your site, I'd hold a different opinion of the situation. But that's not what's happening. This other person is (in your opinion) simply beating you out by promoting his own site in a way you don't agree with. I'd say if you escalated this to you doing negative SEO on this person's site, your crime is far worse than your competitor's so-called crime.
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        • Profile picture of the author nik0
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          Originally Posted by danparks View Post

          Maybe slow down a little. There's nothing wrong with paid advertisements. That's what businesses do -- pay for advertising. That's what Google's own AdSense/AdWords is all about after all -- paid ads. And every time you do a search in Google, you see paid results at the top and right side of the results page. Paid ads, supported and encouraged by Google.
          Today he reports his competitor, tomorrow he blasts them with scrapebox in the hope they tank and after tomorrow he starts to buy links him self.

          I didn't know we had so many pathetic people hanging around on this forum.
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          • Profile picture of the author Carl Brown
            Originally Posted by nik0 View Post

            Today he reports his competitor, tomorrow he blasts them with scrapebox in the hope they tank and after tomorrow he starts to buy links him self.

            I didn't know we had so many pathetic people hanging around on this forum.
            Agreed. Classless.
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  • Profile picture of the author jeff09
    If you complaint with evidence, google may lower your competitor's ranking.
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  • Profile picture of the author Hansons
    You shouldn't waste your time in knowing what your competitors are doing, instead invest that time to improve your site.

    Google algorithm is very different, if your report to Google, Google won't listen to you as well, it has own algorithm to detect paid links.. it has a system...
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  • Profile picture of the author squadron
    Originally Posted by Mortex View Post

    If my competitors are buying paid links ... What is your opinion?
    I guess you have nothing to lose, but make sure your evidence is rock-solid-court-quality and you use a disposable Webmaster Troll account to do the report.

    In my experience Google is far more interested in sites selling links than buying them.

    And watch over your shoulder, Karma will get you in the end
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