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Can back links harm your google ranking?

  1. kirstenblog profile image77
    kirstenblogposted 8 years ago

    What if google sees a bunch of back links that were posted by the same ip (yours) that do not get clicks from the traffic its exposed to? How is google going to respond to this? Is it possible that google will rank that hub page lower in the rankings instead of higher?

  2. Jeffrey Neal profile image84
    Jeffrey Nealposted 8 years ago

    Not sure of the answer to this, but bumping it back up for you.smile

  3. sunforged profile image76
    sunforgedposted 8 years ago

    Would be news to me.

    one issue with question:

    Google does not see who posts a backlink, if your thinking your backink at shetoldme, yahoo answers and your blogs are all identified by google by your ip...they are not.

    Ip address is known y the owner of the server and software, not by the search engine...sure google owns many of the places you may link at and may get more info from analytics than we know, but there is no way for a search robot to know the originating IP at Yahoo answers or on my own self hosted sites.

    Also not likely that a CTR is being measured on your non-adsense related links across the web (that would be a A LOT of data..CTR and impressions info on every link on the web!)

    The only worries with links are the possibility of a cancelling effect by reciprocal links (not negative, just limited benefit) and links that show an association to bad neighborhoods..link farms, adware, warez etc

  4. andromida profile image62
    andromidaposted 8 years ago

    I think it might be a good idea to avoid having couple of backlinks coming from the same IP.Though no one knows google algorithm exactly-but as far as I know google loves the sites build backlinks slowly-because google does not love anything artificial.

  5. johnr54 profile image46
    johnr54posted 8 years ago

    I wouldn't worry about posting from the same IP.  Generally, the easiest penalty to incur is one for having the same anchor text on too many of your inbound links.  Make sure to vary the anchor text somewhat and make sure your links are followed.  Too many blogs and sites like yahoo answere have nofollowed links, which are basically no good.

    1. kirstenblog profile image77
      kirstenblogposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      This sounds like good advice, get creative with the text used when linking, I like it smile

    2. Neil Ashworth profile image46
      Neil Ashworthposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      This is true for Google but not Bing in my experience - you are correct in suggesting a varied backlinking approach is best for big G but msn (now Bing) actually like a less than subtle approach! They'll catch up I'm sure but for now if you want to rank in Google and most do, then variety is the spice of search engine life but if you want to hit the msn heights then keep it focused on one or two keywords as anchor text.

  6. Paul Edmondson profile image
    Paul Edmondsonposted 8 years ago

    I haven't seen a case where someone has hurt another site by linking to it from spammy sites.  You are much more likely to hurt your site by where you point your links. 

    Now, if your link footprint grows at an outlier rate, it's widely believed that these links will be discounted until they are proved to be trust worthy.  Until they are trusted, you won't see much benefit, but you shouldn't see an loss of rankings from getting a bunch of links quickly.

  7. Blogging Erika profile image80
    Blogging Erikaposted 8 years ago

    Google does take into account "who links to you," as well as "who you link to."  They're looking for authority.  They want to see you linking to authoritative sites (like Wikipedia versus Bob's House of Random Opinions).  And they want to see authoritative sites linking to you.

    If you get a ton of crap sites linking to you ("crap" according to Google's own ranking systems) it can hurt your PageRank.