Negative SEO Awareness
There’s no quick and easy way in SEO and those who practice negative SEO don’t realize the essence of SEO.
I routinely receive emails from various people for link advertisement and know that those links will not help me as irrelevant links from spammy looking sites are useless in today’s SEO game.
Most newbie SEOs will fall for those useless and probably harmful links and unknowingly fall to the dark side. Here’s the email the I received (see below).
Negative SEO spammers sell their spammy services to people with little SEO knowledge, who generally know enough to be dangerous.
I’ve seen two different types of spammers or negative SEO – spammers that sell their services and spammers that break your website with spammy, unrelated links pointing to it.
My objective in writing this article is to give the SEO community an awareness of malicious and spammy SEO.
Ever say, “I’m going to get tons of .edu backlinks from this cheap, online service to make sure that my website will rank number 1 in Google”? Check with the Penguin about that. Even now there are still people who are practicing these . I found this ad on fiverr:
If it were that easy to get .edu backlinks, then they wouldn’t carry any value and wouldn’t help with increasing rank. Within weeks they drop away so even if they do get indexed, then won’t last long. That ad is more a joke and waste of money than positive SEO.
Here’s an article about how spammers tend to populate his comment section. He figured out that his blog is number one for the search command [seo site:.edu inurl:blog "post a comment"] and most of his traffic are spammers. This is an example of a .edu blog article that has been spammed for backlinks.
Here’s another one, I think they have an auto approve blog comment system which allows spammers to comment then drops off a link. Here’s the blog post:
I really hate to see irrelevant comments on my blog but after reading a couple of comments from this post I realized how stupid spammers are and also the webmaster of this site. Here I’ll share some irrelevant blog comments from this blog:
What’s up with that name? What’s up with that stupid comment? As you can see the comments are not related to the blog post. Most webmasters would tend to trash your comments if you put a keywords in your name instead of your actual name. So while blog commenting, it’s better to put a name rather than your keywords to avoid being seen as spam.
So be aware of negative SEO and avoid doing those negative practices. Go for organically made links and contextual links when link building. That would keep you from getting penalized by search engines and increase your rankings the right way.
Author Bio: Al Gregorios, Content Manager for ProjectAssistant with Business in a Box solutions, enjoys discovering and sharing business strategies for online marketing, CRM, project management, mobile marketing and technical publications.