85% of backlinks gone - no more promotion

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  1. profile image0
    Nelle Hoxieposted 8 years ago

    Lisa I don't know if I'm reading HP guidelines correctly or not, but I do know the Google guidelines that Pcunix linked to and G doesn't like link games - so I'm out of them.

    It's more that I changed perhaps than HP changed. I really just got carried away in a competitive moment and now I believe I acted incorrectly. Particularly with encouraging others with the Misha challenge. Because I did that, I believe I should share the change of thought that I've had. I can see where I could be confusing people. But that's what I do, I experiment, I learn, I pull back, I admit mistakes - move on.

    I'm really feeling that I shouldn't share so much from now on because I do that and some people here are so rigid that they don't get it.

    I mean this isn't stopping anyone from linking. Their world hasn't changed at all. I spent the afternoon and evening at the mall, shopping and having dinner - came back to a forum brawl. Pcunix is still here fighting the good fight.

    1. Lisa HW profile image63
      Lisa HWposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Nelle, a lot of stuff on this thread, though, made me go and look up the HubPages terms.  It was all new to me (I suppose, maybe, I should have known to keep checking for things that more clearly outline what people are supposed to do and not do, but it kind of doesn't occur to me.   One day kind of rolls into the next - and before you know, a couple of years have gone by.  lol  )

      Unless not sharing so much is for your own benefit, I think you ought to keep on sharing.  Your real experiences (and experiments), time on here, and general knowledge of things related to Hubbing and marketing are (whether you intended this thread to be that or not) helpful to people.   

      I'm guessing you remember the old HubPages "help" and information that was provided to new Hubbers, and - boy - a lot has changed in terms of what is laid out for new (and old) people.  Maybe it won't stop people from linking, but it better lays out what HubPages approves of and doesn't; and that, in itself, is a change.  It's not just the linking thing, though.  There are more and more changes in how writing sites are doing things, especially when it comes to standards.  I guess I could have "felt encouraged" a lot sooner if it had occurred to me to look at HubPages "help" once in awhile, but since I haven't been looking for "help".....     Oh well.    hmm       I can't be the only one who had all this called to my attention by this thread.    (And HubPages/Google - it doesn't really matter in a lot of ways, although Google standards will have the highest impact on everyone.)

  2. darkside profile image79
    darksideposted 8 years ago

    The only person I know that does less "backlinking" than me is Relache.

    And there are plenty who do two, three or fours times what I do but I wouldn't say that they're going overboard.

    I'm not sure where the centerpoint for moderation is. Too many people who think that anyone who does more than them is too much.

    If you have a plan that involves hitting the same sites with each and every hub that you've just published, then you're definitely going too hard. And probably annoying the crap out of your audience (if you in fact have one).

    I tweet occasionally, I add one to my facebook profile occasionally, I throw a link or two at a few different places. But I mix it up, I don't use the same summaries. Hell, sometimes I just don't bother even promoting a hub at all. They'll find their own feet in 6 to 12 months.

    I also tweet and post to facebook links to other peoples hubs too. If they've grabbed my attention and are worth reading.

    My approach is to be patient, and to be thoughtful (of those exposed to the channels in which I broadcast/communicate). If anyone wants instant success then online publishing isn't right for them.

  3. Jila777 profile image67
    Jila777posted 8 years ago

    I noticed all of this conversation about back links and I remembered seeing a YouTube video from Matt Cutts about linking on the official GoogleWebmasterHelp channel on YouTube. It's against the rules to put an external link to the video here, but you can search for it on You Tube. 

    Matt Cutts is "the man" to listen to to find out what's going on inside Google. He answers questions in his videos. This one is from June 1, 2010. The question was:

    "Matt, Is there such thing as building too many links, if you're following Google's webmaster guidelines exactly? Too many where you would get banned, even if you're following the rules? Thanks, Mark" - Mark Schneider, Denver, Colorado   

    Basically, Matt Cutts' answer was that as long as it is organic linking you should try to get as many back links as you can. There's no limit.

    1. Pcunix profile image93
      Pcunixposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I don't think you listened to that video carefully or understood it.

      He actually went into a great deal of detail about what sort of linking of your own pages is appropriate and desirable and what is not.

      This is the whole problem here: people don't understand.  Google's linking advice page should be simple to understand:

      The best way to get other sites to create relevant links to yours is to create unique, relevant content that can quickly gain popularity in the Internet community. The more useful content you have, the greater the chances someone else will find that content valuable to their readers and link to it. Before making any single decision, you should ask yourself the question: Is this going to be beneficial for my page's visitors?

      Wikipedia's SEO article is plain also:

      White hat advice is generally summed up as creating content for users, not for search engines, and then making that content easily accessible to the spiders, rather than attempting to game the algorithm.

      None of this means you can't interlink your content

      Think of Google's advice - why are you doing it? If you are doing it to improve your SERP, you probably shouldn't be. If you are doing it to help a real human find something they might want to read, you probably should be doing it.

      Look, we all screw up on this. We can do too much even with the best of intentions. We can also do too little.  All anyone is suggesting here is a bit of honesty - is that really so much to ask?

  4. sunforged profile image66
    sunforgedposted 8 years ago

    What Sparked the 30 Day Challenge:

    http://thekeywordacademy.com/how-i-made … -hubpages/

    Courts test of Hubpages format

  5. sunforged profile image66
    sunforgedposted 8 years ago

    Hubpages blog follow up a year later:


    ended up making 4k from his 100 hubs

  6. sunforged profile image66
    sunforgedposted 8 years ago

    AN intelligent study of a link building campaign using legitimate sources. Partner sites and self controlled sites.

    http://lissowerbutts.com/keyword-academ … -timeline/

    written by a hubber and TKA member

  7. sunforged profile image66
    sunforgedposted 8 years ago

    Since so much hysteria is in play about backlinks - and only doublespeak is used to explain its meaning, industry experts are usually a good source.


    1. Pcunix profile image93
      Pcunixposted 8 years agoin reply to this


      What does http://www.seomoz.org/survey/responses/show/35 have to say about the backlinking you think so highly of?

      Oh, nothing whatsoever?  Not even in the charts?

      Sheesh.  That must annoy you.

      1. sunforged profile image66
        sunforgedposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Its the number one pointed out factor in rankings!

        Get your reading glasses out or adjust your contrast

        1. Pcunix profile image93
          Pcunixposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          No, it isn't.  Adjusting title tags does not imply nepotistic linking at all.

          As usual, you are trying to confuse people to your own ends.

          1. sunforged profile image66
            sunforgedposted 8 years agoin reply to this


            Is that a real response?

            perhaps you should be looking at offpage factors

            1. Pcunix profile image93
              Pcunixposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              You tried to imply that backlinking was seen as a important activity in that survey. Plainly it is not. As always, more attempts at deception.

              1. sunforged profile image66
                sunforgedposted 8 years agoin reply to this


                Simply, reality vs the ideal.

                Its rather easy to change with the times and adapt to what is currently effective.

                Especially, in relation to individual articles.

                Its deception, or at least naive to think that one business is interested in the motivations of the other without understanding that you (we) are involved in a competitive field.

                Mine is ad and aff revenue achieved through targetted visitors.

                It would actually benefit me if the next wave of internet writers and marketers were hobbled by your copy paste philosophy

                1. Pcunix profile image93
                  Pcunixposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                  How about you hobbling them with your linking advice: http://hubpages.com/hub/How-To-SEO-Blog … Disable-Me

                  Look, if HP thinks your advice is fine, so be it.  I think it's awful, but as I've said before, you aren't doing anything illegal.

                  I'd just like to see HP have a clear and CONSISTENT policy here.  I'd like to see the newbies get unequivocal advice with real examples of what is acceptable and not.

                  Maybe they agree with you that nepotistic linking is fine.  Google doesn't like it, but maybe HP doesn't care about that.

                  THEY NEED TO MAKE IT CLEAR.

                  1. sunforged profile image66
                    sunforgedposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                    I think you should examine your sources more in depth.

                    The same author has written dozens of hubs on how to seo , backlink and promote. Most of it non-attributed. So I can only assume the expertise she would follow would be her own. Do you judge the conclusions made to be valid and realistic?

                    The number one thing that was promoted in the 60 day challenge information was a commitment to quality, I and others had no interest in helping any low quality content be promoted in our own efforts.

                    The main example for what constituted a quality article was the Flagship Hub program, quality was always pointed out as the number one most important factor, it was a failure of quality that caused your link to have to enter her mobile number into google to confirm her account (OH no,the horror) No one can suggest to others how to pursue quality.

                  2. Appletreedeals profile image73
                    Appletreedealsposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                    Help, I can't stop the fingers, waded through 8 pages of these comments so far, (didn't want to be accused of "jumping in" without following the thread)

                    Tried to refrain from commenting ...  but alas I am weak.

                    So ... To each their own about how/where to backlink,

                    but ...

                    why haven't I seen more about backlink benefits from serp listings from sites, like snipsly or ezines? I love it when I see something about one of my hubs on page 1 serps from these other sites.


                    ps. PCunix, how is the air up there?

                    pss. @ Sunforged, I am leery of complimenting you, as I don't want to seem as if I had something on my nose or perhaps it would look as if I were developing a greenish-tinge...

                    but... well done as usual. very relevant and informative responses.

                    Now I will endeavor to muddle through the next 4 or so pages of this thread. I will try to be more restrained.

              2. sunforged profile image66
                sunforgedposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                again perhaps you should look at relevant factors

                I included the entire survey in order to show a comprehensive view. It would be unwise to focus only on nay single aspect

                1. Pcunix profile image93
                  Pcunixposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                  NOTHING in that survey promotes the type of self serving backlinking that you promote.

                  1. sunforged profile image66
                    sunforgedposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                    False -

                    I expected you to have a better comprehension level.

                    Its a survey of industry professionals whose motivation is money and their clients needs are their own needs.

                    How do you think they gain the backlinks that are needed to beat their customers competition within a realistic timeline?

  8. sunforged profile image66
    sunforgedposted 8 years ago

    its also important to get an understanding of what factors actually influence rankings, what can you do to get a worthwhile return for your effort


    "The following ranking factors were rated by our panel of 72 SEO experts. Their feedback is aggregated and averaged into the percentage scores below. For each, we’ve calculated the degree to which the experts felt this factor was important for achieving high rankings as well as the degree of variance in opinion, estimated using the standard deviation of the contributors’ answers. Thus, factors that are high in importance and low in contention are those where experts agree the most that the factor is critical to rankings."

    1. Pcunix profile image93
      Pcunixposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Yeah. But NOTHING there speaks about nepotisic linking.

  9. sunforged profile image66
    sunforgedposted 8 years ago

    Looking into negative ranking factors is wise.

    What actually is a "bad activity"

    http://www.seomoz.org/article/search-ra … rnal-links

    of the list these were deemed of moderate to high importance:

    Cloaking with Malicious/Manipulative Intent
    68% very high importance

    10.7% light consensus
    Link Acquisition from Known Link Brokers/Sellers
    56% high importance

    13.1% moderate contention
    Links from the Page to Web Spam Sites/Pages
    51% moderate importance

    12.1% moderate contention
    Cloaking by User Agent
    51% moderate importance

    15.2% moderate contention
    Frequent Server Downtime & Site Inaccessibility
    51% moderate importance

    12.3% moderate contention
    Hiding Text with same/similar colored text/background
    49% moderate importance

    15.3% moderate contention
    Links from the Domain to Web Spam Sites/Pages
    48% moderate importance

    13.1% moderate contention
    Excessive Repetition of the Same Anchor Text in a High Percentage/Quantity of External Links to the Site/Page
    46% moderate importance

    11% light consensus
    Cloaking by IP Address

  10. sunforged profile image66
    sunforgedposted 8 years ago

    not true - only the naive dont understand how seo is done at the professional level.

    backlinks are created by webmasters , webmasters are for the most part business minded people.

    1. Pcunix profile image93
      Pcunixposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      More deception.

      The simple fact is that search engines don't want to be manipulated.

      You always try to brush that away with "it's just business".

      The days of gaming Google are coming to an end. 

      It's really funny how far back this stuff goes.  This paper http://www.cse.lehigh.edu/~brian/pubs/2 … 2000ws.pdf is from 200, which is now tn years ago. It talks about how search engines try to identify valid content.  One short quote:

      Often, one would like to treat links as votes, and we wish to prevent voting for one’s self.

      Are you EVER going to understand that?

      1. sunforged profile image66
        sunforgedposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        yes, they have been trying for ten years. Writing "rules" with one hand, collecting ad revenue with the other

        Good resource, thanks.

        You realize these are businesses also? You realize to up an coming internet writers, the majority of what your posting is completely irrelevant.

        When did it become hard to simply republish an article?

  11. sunforged profile image66
    sunforgedposted 8 years ago

    no confusion, I have no ends. I dont sell seo services or have any ebooks etc.. actually, I believe you do though.

    As always, Google may be your religion but to me they are a search engine and  a private enterprise.

  12. sunforged profile image66
    sunforgedposted 8 years ago

    What is SPAM?

    Now, I think you have been pretty clear, Hubpages has been pretty clear also, not sure how there message is gray or hard to understand.

    But, Im a webmaster with a great deal of sites, I see true SPAM daily. As someone who looks at backlink profiles and footprints of competitors, Ive seen what true valueless sites are.

    Your stated maxims, just dont show a reliable distinction between humans proud of their efforts and push button automation

    true spam:


  13. sunforged profile image66
    sunforgedposted 8 years ago

    This hysteria is quite ridiculous.

    It seems clear to me that the owners of this domain do not want to receive complaints from other respected domains (businesses) to them or against them to to their advertisers and the SE's.

    Its not their concern or their business how your personal promotion is done and they dont want to be told about what it is through irate mail from concerned webmasters or to have HP's authority damaged by foolish, unrelated parasitic link building and promotion at the expense of other site and blog owners.

    You can get a backlink by being a part of the millions of conversations on the web that are inviting and waiting for you.

    Just add something of value.

    1. Pcunix profile image93
      Pcunixposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      It IS their concern and their business and they have made that very clear by taking down pages that were spammily promoted.

      1. sunforged profile image66
        sunforgedposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        We dont know why the single hub mentioned in the forums was taken down.

        My guess would be repeated attempts to insert the link into wikipedia or some other site that had the authority and time to contact HP and request for something to be done.

        That would be parasitic and unwelcome linking practices

  14. sunforged profile image66
    sunforgedposted 8 years ago

    according to that article which has an unreliable source

  15. sunforged profile image66
    sunforgedposted 8 years ago

    So what is your advice, oh yee of the silly hat.

    Drop out?

    Just take what your dear lord and master Google chooses to give you. then bow and nod?

    You have no competitive spirit and all in all have achieved a very low level of ad income (by your reports)

    A site with 6k pages achieves what some of the more vocal forum members have with 20 hubs or more recently 400 hubs.

    Is that the real issue? Jealously and anger that since "cream rises to the top" and your not on top...so your not cream?

    or at least your not making the cream?

    You d understand many of us are in the business of writing online and web publishing - it would seem you are not.

    1. Pcunix profile image93
      Pcunixposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I do fine in the cream department - without the spamming you are so proud of.

      Yes, even HP found it necessary to warn against Misha in that iterview - though I dint think they went far enough.

      I have all those pages because I have been doing it so long. Many of those pages have top SERP for their subject matter. 

      But this is so typical of you - disparage me because you don't like it that I point out that Google doesn't like your games. Too bad - that is reality.

      1. sunforged profile image66
        sunforgedposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Im not sure you get my point.

        Actually, I think you do - your 17 years of Top SERP's make less than Mishas ten top performing hubs.

        You hate this, you hate it so much you had to comment twice begging for something to be done, you actually were requesting that another human beings and helpful hubbers income should be hurt.

        That is a disgusting and shameful activity.

        You do understand that right, Mao?  It was absolutely disgusting of you to attack Misha on that interview. It was the type of thing I child does when they see another with more candy then them on Halloween.

        Its not fair, Mommy,Im telling daddy.

        You do see that right?

        Of all the injustices and atrocities going on in this world, your ongoing crusade to even an uneven playing field of 1's and 0's is silly. Perhaps, you should get away from the computer and interact more with your fellow humans. If you have plenty of cream, perhaps you shoukd donate time to an agency of some sort.

        Your skewed, I also think your knowledge and experience has been tested http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/51127 and I do not think you came out as being much more than some sort of new zealot who cares about Googles corporate interest more than his fellow writers and business people

        1. Pcunix profile image93
          Pcunixposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Adsense is a sideline for me, it was not why I created my website.

          But so what? Misha makes money by lying to Google.  As HP themselves pointed out in that interview, that is not proper.  But you want to make him a hero?

          As to you, who knows?  HP  might say they think your spamming is tolerable. That doesn't change what it is.  Voting for yourself is deceit.

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            MyPostingIDposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            There isn't a serious SEO expert who does not backlink (vote for) his own content.  Does it make it right?  Who knows.  But what I can say is that it is 100% necessary if you want to compete.  It just is what it is.

            1. Pcunix profile image93
              Pcunixposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              And you define "serious" as someone who does that, of course.

          2. sunforged profile image66
            sunforgedposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            You do see the two competing issues though..I would give you that.

            If there were no search engines, how do you get found?

            By sharing your work everywhere relevant and posting its address.

            A corporate interest develops and takes the wild, wild web and uses that previous action as an important ranking factor.

            So because this entity took an already existing premise and incorporated into its private moneymaking enterprise as a "vote", we are supposed to no longer share and promote our work?

            Telephone Books exist, I still give out business cards and put up flyers (when relevant) to my clients needs.

            As an independent business owner, artist and occasionally event organizer, I laugh at what you call "deceit" and hope all my competition adopts the same philosophy offline and on.

            So sure, go ahead, just write it once, stick your card in the shuffle and sit back and wait for attention to come to you.

            Its not deceit, its proud promotion of ones work and output.

            1. Pcunix profile image93
              Pcunixposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              As usual, you are trying to confuse people by implying that the opposite of your spamming is to do nothing.

              HP's  http://learningcenter.hubpages.com/cate … g-traffic/ covers that rather well I think.

        2. profile image52
          MyPostingIDposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Although it appears to be the minority position, I have to agree with sunforged on this.  Sunforged is on the money with virtually every fact.

          Backlinking is the (or should be) a staple in any SEO activities.

          If you are not backlinking your own properties from as many relevant sites as you can, you are not doing it right.

          I have yet to see a site banned from Google for backlinking activities for the reasons I said earlier in the thread.  The worst I've seen occur from overdoing backlinks (and I mean THOUSANDS of backlinks in a short period) is that a site goes into the sandbox for a period and that the spammed backlinks get devalued.

          Can someone, ANYONE, please show me a statement FROM GOOGLE (not other hubbers) that indicates a site will be banned for excessive backlinking?  I have yet to see that documentation.  If someone produces it, I'll gladly stand corrected.

          1. Pcunix profile image93
            Pcunixposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            What part of http://www.google.com/support/webmaster … swer=66356 do you not understand?

            1. sunforged profile image66
              sunforgedposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              I believe MyPostingID just pointed out that in a risk/benefit analysis... the benefit is much greater.

              1. Pcunix profile image93
                Pcunixposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                The benefit to whom? Does it benefit Googles efforts to deliver the best results? Does it benefit the people searching for those results?

                You never understand that side of it.

                1. sunforged profile image66
                  sunforgedposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                  Can you honestly say that its hard to find what you are looking for on Google?

                  I have no problems, if one term doesnt work, I try another or I delve deeper into the results.

                  Actually, the common low level info that tends to sit on top is usually far beneath my needs.

                  Google will never deliver the best results for me, but i will be able to find what im lookimg for within its returns. What I deem quality and best is usually far more specialized than the general interest hogwash that normally sits on top

                  1. Pcunix profile image93
                    Pcunixposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                    Google now has to resort to hand reviewing for some top searches because of the gaming that you think so highly of.

                    You can dodge and weave forever, but it doesn't change that a lie is a lie.

                    That's not really the point though. The important thing us that HP needs to make their position crystal clear. Did Nellie need to take down her links? I don't know and you dint either.

                    Is the advice you give tolerable in view of their Learning Center advice? I don't think it is, so they need to make it clear whether they endorse nepotistic linking and if so, to what degree?

                    They probably think you are fine or at might wish that you add more warnings against getting too enthusiastic about it.  Whatever they think won't change my white hat approach, but they need to do that to help those who prefer a slightly darker shade of head wear.

                    But they need to be clear.

            2. profile image52
              MyPostingIDposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              That whole section is entitled "Link Schemes" and it discusses link exchanges (which are bad):

              However, some webmasters engage in link exchange schemes and build partner pages exclusively for the sake of cross-linking, disregarding the quality of the links, the sources, and the long-term impact it will have on their sites.

              Cross-linking, reciprocal links, link farms, and link exchanges are all bad and the only reason those types of things can cause bannings is because of the reciprocity of the links.

              Links intended to manipulate PageRank

              Links to web spammers or bad neighborhoods on the web

              Excessive reciprocal links or excessive link exchanging ("Link to me and I'll link to you.")

              Buying or selling links that pass PageRank

              None of the above even apply to this debate.  Nowhere in this section does it state building relevant backlinks to your content is wrong.

              Yes, LINKING TO bad neighborhoods is bad.  Yes, reciprocal links are bad, and yes, buying and selling links is bad.  However, we already know this, right?

              1. Pcunix profile image93
                Pcunixposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                Links intended to manipulate PageRank

                Exactly what your challenges are about.

                Well, except that they need to update that, because it is SERP manipulation now, not PR.

                1. profile image52
                  MyPostingIDposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                  You are confusing PageRank with SERP rank.  The 2 are not the same.

                  If I run a site about widgets in general and I also run 3 other separate sites about blue, red, and white widgets, I am 100% certain Google has no problems with me linking out to my blue, red, and white widget sites from my general widgets site.

                  The key is relevancy.  It is good for the reader.

                  Furthermore, it still does not say a site will be banned as you have asserted previously.  That section indicates a site's ranking's can be affected.  How so?  The rankings can be affected when the purchased (or spam) links are devalued.

                  Let's assume I spam a link or purchase a link to my widgets page from a PR8 site.  That link will greatly help my rankings; that is, until the PR8 site is found by Google to have been selling links.  When that happens, the links are devalued and my site loses ranking.  That is how it works.

                  1. Pcunix profile image93
                    Pcunixposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                    I dont know how many times I have said that, but you jump in implying that i have not.

                    Yes, you are supposed to link you interrelated content. 

                    Sigh. Thisis where go back to square one again. Nobody reads, nobody comprehends.

                    That is why HP needs a clear and comprehensive statement.

        3. Misha profile image67
          Mishaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          LOL Thank you Joshua smile

          Yet really, the best thing to do is just to ignore the troll. He's been caught on lies publicly not once, and still does the same. And as I learned with water4gas scam - people will still follow foolish and deceptive advice as long as it matches their preconceptions, no matter how good you explain why it does not work. More, they will bash you in return for your advice if it does not fit their delusions. Now I am letting them make their own mistakes - just make sure I provide the correct information, for those who are ready to comprehend it. smile

          1. Pcunix profile image93
            Pcunixposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            Yeah, delusions.

            I'm deluded because I give the same advice as the Learning Center. 

            So HP must be deluded in Misha's mind.

  16. frogdropping profile image84
    frogdroppingposted 8 years ago

    Let me get this right - generating backlinks, via software, paid for services, sneaking around in forums just to leave sigs etc is wrong.

    Ok. All good.

    Google dislikes the above and associated methods, prenyfers that links are gained through natural methods. Fine.

    Why then does Google advertise backlinking software and services? Why does Google have a pricing structure for campaigns that allow those that offer the services/provide the software?

    You only have to look at any backlinking related article to see exactly what I'm referring to. 'ads by google' in clear view beneath them.

    And I'm not saying Google promotes it. I'm asking why do they advertise something that is against their TOS.

    Now the above is far more confusing than the HP viewpoint - theirs I understand. HP is not playing the 'do as I say, not do as I do' game.

    1. EmpressFelicity profile image77
      EmpressFelicityposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Gawd knows.  I'd love to find the answer to that one myself.

    2. brettb profile image72
      brettbposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Yes for all the hot air from HubPages and Google about excessive backlinking, the fact is, IT WORKS.

      Look on flippa - folk are paying 1000's of dollars for 3 page sites that have a large number of backlinks so are making big money in tough niches.

      1. frogdropping profile image84
        frogdroppingposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I wasn't actually suggesting HP had blown hot air. The hot air cuurently on the site is caused by the rather heated debate.

        Hey - nice to see you reappear. Don't let too much info slip out. The cat will be out then smile

    3. shazwellyn profile image69
      shazwellynposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Well... it is a department issue.

      We have google the search engine

      We have google blogger

      We have google buzz

      We have google adwords

      to name a few under the umbrella.  They all run independently as a business concern but under the corporate sign 'Google'.

      Now you have one business - Google search engines - that advocates content as king... they dont want to be manipulated.

      Now you have another business - Adwords - they prioritise profits, ultimately, and get their revenue on advertising.

      The dichotomy here is that, although they are essentially Google, they all have different priorities.  This leads to conflict and contradiction.  It is here that HP are caught between a rock and a hard place.

      1. SiddSingh profile image61
        SiddSinghposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        This distinction is not correct - they are not different businesses, they are are different parts of the same business.

        The Google Adsense program is run out of the same Mountain View, CA office as the Google Adwords program, as is the Search engine.

        Maybe, the dichotomy is better explained by the fact that Adwords is the main revenue earner.

        As someone said earlier, it is not the case of "Do As I Do", it is a case of "Do As I Say".

  17. sunforged profile image66
    sunforgedposted 8 years ago

    If the climate here is so bothersome and you feel you can make demands, why did you leave your site of 17 years to sharecrop here for the last 4 months?

    If you have so much cream and so much knowledge, why didnt you just make your own site?

  18. forum profile profile image59
    forum profileposted 8 years ago

    Oh yey, this is so much FUN!

    Silly hat and scary robot thing rock!  Is it a robot SF?

    The only problem is I am having difficulty concentrating on working with all this interesting chit-chat.

    My favorite part in this whole debate is that lucky folks getting their cream to rise (so to speak) actually get a little push from the fact that all those Mishas, Forum Profiles and other "Baddies" send lots of backlinks to hubpages as a whole, making the whole site rank a little better for everything!

    It kind of makes me smile.

    Oh and no I am not a man - funny how silly hat et al assume - I'm a fun loving internet marketing girlie!

    Enjoy the rest of your "conversation"...

    1. EmpressFelicity profile image77
      EmpressFelicityposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Lrohner, is that you? lol lol

      1. forum profile profile image59
        forum profileposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Fraid not!

    2. HELLA profile image59
      HELLAposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Jonny 5! It's Short Circuit!

  19. sunforged profile image66
    sunforgedposted 8 years ago

    You dont need help being confused,But, I think the rest of the adults are capable of finding out truths through their own research.

    I use my own produced content at many locations over the net that I own or partner with. When topics are related I create directories to other locations. Often I am thanked, emailed or rewarded by my viewers or advertising partners.

    I also take the opportunities afforded to me by sites that request relationships and content if it can be of possible benefit to me.

    Also, I dont think most should use social media for marketing as suggested in your link - that is much closer to true spamming then anything you have suggested. My friends in social networks know I am an online writer, marketer and artist, this is clear and so anything I share is relevant to my identity.

    Most who are hobby writers will be simply annoying there friends by posting hubs (only referring to sales/niche hubs) to their friends and family.

    1. Pcunix profile image93
      Pcunixposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      If that were all you recommended in your 'challenges" I wouldn't have a thing against them. Linking inter-related content is expected and valuable to Google.

      But it's not.  You recommend creating links to fool search engines. That is the difference and you know it.

      1. sunforged profile image66
        sunforgedposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        not at all, I suggest expanding ones network to incorporate many locations across the web rather than being pigeonholed into one location.

        I often point out the usefulness of this practice through many perspectives including the simple truth of "not putting all your eggs in one basket" certainly not exclusive to SEO benefits but also not disregarding it

        Im a realist, this is the real state of affairs. Search engines will change and adapt those who are trying to earn simply from how and when their content is seen will continue to react. The quality standard will continue to rise. But google will never return the "best" results.

        I think its fun

  20. Kangaroo_Jase profile image80
    Kangaroo_Jaseposted 8 years ago


    It is a shame that you have decided to do almost no promotion of your hubs anywhere online. I still believe people may find their best form with promotion, obviously, when it is done responsibly.

    For me the 'can I' question does suggest the best course of action. For example;

    Can I be part of a dozen separate forums and provide useful feedback and conversation and answer questions and have my link/s inside my author sig? Yes

    Can I be part of a dozen separate forums and provide very little feedback and conversation and answer questions and have my link/s inside my two hundred accounts with author sig? No, almost all these accounts not offering anything will surely be banned.

    It seems that backlinking is becoming like the consumption of alcohol, don't get stupid and do it responsibly, otherwise it WILL come back to haunt.

    Just wanted to throw my 2 cents worth before it gets lost in this last page of conversation, that unfortunately will confuse the hell out of people learning this trade.

    I wish you fortune with your future vision for your Hubs Nelle. Oh BTW, don't be re-miss about the Misha challenge, getting to a $100 on a single day Hub is still a good goal to have. I still have it as a goal to acheive and their is more than one way to get there.

    1. Pcunix profile image93
      Pcunixposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      You bring up a very interesting issue about answering questions in forums.

      I used to be an active participant, way back before Google even existed. When we left links, it was to help people, not to promote ourselves.

      Because of the excessive spamming of recent years, I have almost completely stopped doing that.

      That's just another way that SEO spammers have ruined the web for everyone - you can't evn drop useful advice any more because of their pollution.

  21. sunforged profile image66
    sunforgedposted 8 years ago

    Thats simply not true, you just have to be a part of well moderated communities.

    People quickly learn who has worthwhile info to share.

    1. Pcunix profile image93
      Pcunixposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      And why do they need to be well moderated?

      Because of people enthusiastically following bad advice.

  22. sunforged profile image66
    sunforgedposted 8 years ago

    No because common sense isnt common and the most enthusiastic linkers usually have nothing to say for themselves which quickly comes across in the what they write (or link to)and how they communicate in said forums.

    Well moderated forums, even user moderated forums are quick to ban those who cant stay on topic or create bullshit links that have no use to the conversation.

    Im of the mindset of allowing people to manage themselves, you have some sort of unnatural overlord complex.

    at least thats how i see it.

    1. Pcunix profile image93
      Pcunixposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I do not disagree, but it has mostly soured me on participating at all.

      Oh,well. No link dropping here smile

  23. Kangaroo_Jase profile image80
    Kangaroo_Jaseposted 8 years ago

    Ahhhhhh advice, I love giving others advice and helping out. Yet I will get 'a thank you' from some, and a 'you have no idea what your talking about' from others.

    So after a time I no longer advise, I merely make suggestions, from suggestions people can make of it what they will.

    Pcunix & Sunforged, I am off to bed gentlemen, your conversation here between the two of you alone has given me food for thought. I shall chat with you both later. Please, no guns @ 10 paces whilst I sleep lol

    1. Pcunix profile image93
      Pcunixposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      No guns.

      And considering our past history, remarkably civil.

      HP needs to make it all crystal clear. Then we both can shut up.

  24. ftclick profile image54
    ftclickposted 8 years ago

    I read through the 1st 3rd of this and I have seen no proof that less backlinks is better or will help you in the SERPS nor is getting too many for ALL sites. I have seen countless test of people getting 30K in a month to rank for hard 1 word terms to people getting a few links at authority sites & ranking high. Anyway, this has probably been said by someone here already. not much time to read them as I am backlinking/promoting responsibly (not spamming) like a Vegas whale.

  25. frogdropping profile image84
    frogdroppingposted 8 years ago

    I thought HP had made it clear. Oh well.

    And it still doesn't explain why, if SE's are opposed to blackhat linking - they allow advertising for it. Take money for it. Make money from it.

    Do I take it that that means it's good for the goose, but not the gander?

    1. Pcunix profile image93
      Pcunixposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I agree.  Not with the first sentence, but with the rest.

  26. sunforged profile image66
    sunforgedposted 8 years ago

    to be critical PageRank is not "rank your page appears in the search results"

    but they do mean that also

    Of course there is nothing wrong with reciprocal linking, there are tons of legitimate reasons people would link among themselves.

    I am a part of many artist portfolio sites, they enjoy linking and sharing exposure between their friends and fellow artists. They do this as human beings who support each others work, out of a sense of community,they have no idea of the benefits/deficits on how this relates to google nor do they care.

    Human owners of websites have their own reasons to link among content and content producers that they deem to be related, that is their prerogative as owners of the sites, googles opinion on the matter is not relevant, they work for us indexing the content producers of the world, not the other way around.

    Thats probably our big schism in ideals, this is my net and the net of others who choose to produce, google is just another business making billions off a reciprocal relationship. They only make the rules as far as they benefit us and can and will be motivated always by advertising dollars.

    Ill pick up the standard  for the first search   engine that arises, that does not directly earn from search placement services. That indexes and ranks, just to serve up quality content without monetary benefit.

    ill use it for my search purposes and continue to be involved with the business of online producing as it relates to other markets. For the record, i get plenty of google love from promoted and non-promoted work depending on level of competition, all my accounts are in order.

    I only joined the game when I decided that my content was being outranked by inferior products. Its the reality of the world I live in. A world with due dates on bills and dependents who like food.

    1. profile image52
      MyPostingIDposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I should have clarified that excessive reciprocal linking is bad.  As with most points in this debate, moderation (and relevancy) is key.

    2. Pcunix profile image93
      Pcunixposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Again, you are undoubtedly confusing people. Not your fault, you can't be expected to write a book every time you make a point.

      HP needs an unequivocally clear statement and that learning center page is not.

      And I do think you need to be more clear about the dangers of enthusiasm in your challenges.

  27. frogdropping profile image84
    frogdroppingposted 8 years ago

    Then perhaps the muddy waters lay at the feet of those that say one thing - yet do another. Leading by example always has been the best way of changing behaviour.

    I'd pick a better horse to back.

  28. thisisoli profile image69
    thisisoliposted 8 years ago

    matt Cutts consitantly talks about over promotion, however he agrees that helpful backlinks are good.  Excessive promotion is the real thing that Google cracks down on.

    So for instance, reciprocal links, yes they have less value than a one way link, but they are not 'bad'.

    Matt Cutts has said that Excessive reciprocal linking is a bad thing, and it is, however a few reciprocal links here and there can effectively drive traffic, and help with rankings.

    likewise backlinking campaigns.

    Matt Cutts has stated that Google has NO problem with you linking between your own related content 'if' it is useful. However since it is pretty hard for Google to tell what is relevant interms of linking or not, as long as the content is related you should be fine.

    In PCUnix's defence he does not say 'no backlinking' he is just a big supporter of natural, related content backlinking (From what I have read, feel free to disagree if I am wrong) This is not a bad thing, however since my competition is consistantly running backlinking campaigns, I feel that I do need to create at least 2-3 artificial backlinks per hub.  These are not necessarily useless.  For instance my notebook cooler hubs are generally linked to from my notebook cooler websites, and linked back to in return.  They are still however artificial, and intended to help improve my rankings.

    1. Pcunix profile image93
      Pcunixposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Specifically, I have recommended what is said in theLearning Center and at Google, nothing different.

      That makes me a fool and a liar in the eyes of some.

      1. shazwellyn profile image69
        shazwellynposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Many people don't actually comment and I think the vast majority of people agree with your fundamentals - particularly the Hubpages team - I do and so do many others.  Most people would like a eutopia world where the spammy dark side didnt exist so as everyone has an even playing field to produce good content.

        However, this will happen and Google are onto it, but during this transitional period of search engine change - transitions always have to evolve, in exactly the same way they have evolved to get to this point - google accepts grey hat.  But a time will come - everything in life goes full circle and the Internet is no different.

        One thing, I believe, everyone admires your conviction.

  29. psycheskinner profile image85
    psycheskinnerposted 8 years ago

    I think we can reasonable understand that they mean you should follow the rules *of the site the link comes from*, not just whatever service might try to plant it there.

  30. profile image0
    BenjaminBposted 8 years ago

    This thread has drove me nuts,lol. Here is my final argument for why I feel Hub Pages and Google and anyone else who wants to trash the way people get links are nothing but Hypocrates.

    If Hub Pages is so concerned with this WHY do I constantly see the Google Ad advertising 1000 Back Links for $9.99 on everyone's Hubs. Seems to me if Hubpages is so righteous and the many of you that trash people's linking methods are so righteous that you would be inflamed with this advertisement being associated with this site in any way.

    Hub Pages has the ability to choose what type of advertising appears on here. What would they gladly make money off of someone clicking an add to do what they supposedly disapprove of.

    If that does not take the air out of your high and mighty balloons then you are more lost in your narrow opinions than I first feared!!!!!!!!

    1. EmpressFelicity profile image77
      EmpressFelicityposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I asked that question myself in a separate thread and got zero response from the Hub Pages staff. 


      1. profile image0
        BenjaminBposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I checked it out Empress and was surprised to see so few posts as I am on this thread as well. Want to know why? Because the self righteous ethical high horse riders have no come back for it ,thus silence. You and I both indicated the ultimate debate winning statement hands down!

        1. Pcunix profile image93
          Pcunixposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Oh, yes, it is such a horrible thing to ask for ethics!

          I object to that ad also.  But seeing something that is wrong doesn't cause me to cheat.

          1. profile image0
            BenjaminBposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            My point there is if you object so strongly to these methods and were a true person of integrity that stood behind your beliefs tooth and nail you would not be on Hub Pages unless they refused to display such ads.

            Nothing wrong with having a viewpoint,just seems like if you feel that strongly about that opinion you are a hypocrate if you don't immediately close your account and refuse to associate with sites that allow that type of advertisement.

            Or to put it more simply you would be in my opinion what the world calls a SELLOUT by supporting a site that in principal goes against your beliefs.

  31. thisisoli profile image69
    thisisoliposted 8 years ago

    I think it is important to note here that

    a) Google uses backlinks and their anchor text to determine SERPs.
    b) People relise this, and use basic techniques to game the system.
    c) Google try and crack down on people creating backlinks to promote themselves.
    d) Google should maybe try different ranking factors, rather than choosing an exlploitable ranking medium.

    This does however mean that,

    a)You do need to realize that Backlinks do affect rankings.
    b) If you want each article to reach it's full potential, some kind of artificial backlinking is required.  The cream may rise to the top, but a helium balloon rises further. A little extra boost can help a lot.  It is possible to rank highly with completely ethical backlinking, but it is hard.
    c) Your competition is more than likely running succesful backlinking campaigns.

    Nelle, I know you are a statistics fan, so I really do hope you keep a track on whether your removal of backlinks has an effect, and if so how much, and what kind of links you removed!

  32. Don Simkovich profile image60
    Don Simkovichposted 8 years ago

    There's so much great information on this thread. I'm learning from the reading.

    Here's a real life example of writing a Hub on Hubpages and making one link to a site on adoption I created. The site's been live for a week. A woman sent me an email about a problem. I asked how she found my adoption site. She wrote and told me the keyword phrase she used. It was really obscure and turned up two results on Google. One of them was my Hub! she read that and then had to link from there to reach my site. She lives about 3 miles away from me, too. And I'm giving her the name of a counseling center for her son.

    So, here, one link from a respected site like Hubpages led to an action. I'm not really concerned too much about backlinking. It should be done. But writing useful content - really useful to readers - will bring results. There were quotes earlier about Matt Cutts - I recommend people watching his comments.

  33. skyfire profile image70
    skyfireposted 8 years ago

    Google shares data between ALL it's network. Analytics, webmaster, adsense all share data by explicitly asking user permission. How much they are honest with it is entirely different topic.

    Google still indexes content that violates it's webmaster guidelines. For example, check guidelines.

    http://www.google.com/support/webmaster … er=35769#3

    Affiliate marketers use cloaking and domain redirects and their content,domains are still indexed by google. They can't penalize it because their competitors can see through this flaw.

    Check Yousaytoo.com- how they violated guideline alebit different way.

    URL shortner guidelines few years ago contradicts google's current -goo.gl URL shortner launch.

    I can come up with plenty of such cases. But point is those are guidelines and not RULES.

    Porn, warez and hacking stuff sites are still indexed by google where they hate such stuff in Adsense but not in Adwords big_smile. Google adwords still accepts money from those sex tape sites, busty videos etc for advertisements. They may or may not ban those ads in future but today we still see those ads.

    Before you try to assume anything about google penalizing or making utopia in future updates you need to understand one fact that - the way humans think and the way algorithms for search engines are written always creates a loophole. It will remain like this for next few years no matter how intelligent phd holders write this algorithm.

    When it comes to business-manipulation is likely to be there. It's business for both google and publishers.

  34. shazwellyn profile image69
    shazwellynposted 8 years ago

    I need to reiterate.  I had a choice to over exert link submissions.  I got punished for it.  People need to know that being overly promotional could lead to problems and my example is a good one to learn from.  Cant you see that this is positive?  No pain - no gain!

    I need to make this clear.  Sunforged has taught me a great deal.  I am always grateful to him.  He has allowed me to grow into a better writer and I have a greater understanding of SEO (I didnt know what seo was a year ago - so boy, I have learned soooo much!).  I now have the foundations to build on.  I am able to test theories on my own and come up with my own conclusions.  This would not have been possible without sunforged and the 60dc. 

    Pcunix has a wealth of experience and expertise in white hat methods.  All his points are valid and admirable.  He has conviction and is a force in himself.

    Between the two of you, what a force to be recond with?!  I think you are both amazing people.

    Powerful corporate companies have the power to implement change.  There is no voting process or democrasy - they become so far removed that they might end up operating like a dictatorship.  The decisions they make are final - there is no redemption, individuals dont have a voice.  This is nature - this is how everything evolves - the strong survive, the weak die.

    So, why pick on a sprat (in the grand scheme of the internet) like me?  I guess, because I was easy pickings - an example for the rest.  And look, it is working!

    Now lets all accept one another's views, learn from each other and keep focused in our cause respectfully.  We are a community and, between us, we can help make Hubpages a force to be reconed with, through unity.

    1. Pcunix profile image93
      Pcunixposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I have nothing to learn from people who have the goal of manipulating SERP.   I don't like people who do that and have no respect for them.

    2. HELLA profile image59
      HELLAposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Could you explain what happened? Or is it posted somewhere else? It's good to learn from other people's mistakes... smile Not to offend, just really want to know if there is something I shouldn't do.

  35. sunforged profile image66
    sunforgedposted 8 years ago

    Now youve done it!

    Ive seen the light, these third party private enterprises and their marketing materials have converted me to a the path of inaction and patience.

    You are very much misrepresenting me, but since I am a changed man I dont even care.

    Long Live Google may their coffers overflow and their buyout of every tech startup result in a chicken on every plate


    btw , I have now successfully removed 100% of my backlinks too, just to be safe I contacted all webmasters that have referenced me and ask that they make the links nofollow.

    Have you considered getting a computer that doesnt talk? Or talking to a specialist.

    1. Pcunix profile image93
      Pcunixposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Have you considered having following these ethics?

      So where is your "everybody does it" argument now?

    2. HELLA profile image59
      HELLAposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      It's clear you guys are not going to see eye to eye on this. I know I'm considered a forum newbie, but c'mon... Regardless of what route you take to gain backlinks and move up in the SERP, it shouldn't matter because you do it your own way!

      Sunforged, you do your thing and it works. You are extremely helpful with me and other people in answering DUMB questions we have. It's more than appreciated. That's most important in a community like HP.

      PC, you have also been extremely outgoing and helpful. It's very much appreciated. I see where you are coming from as well, but regardless if you think Sunforged's way is peoper or not, it's how HE does things. It shouldn't matter to you....

      That's just my two sense, because this $hit HAS TO STOP. It's just back and forth and clearly you two won't ever agree. True of false claims are just CLAIMS. It's your actions that draw people your way. If someone wants to learn to do it a certain way, they will ask. If it works, they will seek more guidance and trust your word. So far I trust both of you.

      We all have our own technique. I personally know a couple people who are straight black hat, and that's fine, it works for them. For me, if Google allows it, promotes it, and even makes money from it, they don't care regardless of what their TOS states. I do not partcipate in black hat techs, but do a bit of my own backlinking one at a time with PostRunner.

      All you risk is your own account so WHO CARES who does what in what way...let's just end this damn thread because it's completely ridiculous...

      1. Misha profile image67
        Mishaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        You seem to imply that both SF and PC contribute to ridiculousness of this thread equally. I do disagree. smile

      2. EmpressFelicity profile image77
        EmpressFelicityposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        In the majority of cases and for the majority of people, I suspect that the Big G is happy to turn a blind eye.  But it's still kinda handy for them to have one or two clauses like that in their TOS, so they can use them against people who - for whatever reason - p*ss them off.  I suspect it's a similar thing with HubPages as well.  Not to mention every government on earth.

  36. skyfire profile image70
    skyfireposted 8 years ago

    This. Still waiting.

    Genuine EXPERTS with years of experience come up with evidence. Oh but that's entirely different sick game ya know.  wink

    1. Pcunix profile image93
      Pcunixposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      So the people who this work for Xerox, Panasonic and Kohler http://iprospect.com/corporate/clients.htm

      are fools for not engaging in the shenanigans you worship?

      I guess they must be, because they certainly don't do the things your heroes do.

      Do your own searches for "SEO ethics" and "SEM ethics"

      Here's another: http://www.pronetadvertising.com/articl … f-seo.html

      "we definitely do not try to trick the search engines"

      But according to you, that's the mark of a fool, right?

  37. shazwellyn profile image69
    shazwellynposted 8 years ago

    This is starting to get too funny lol

    1. Randy Godwin profile image93
      Randy Godwinposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I know!  Can't you just picture HP staff trying to figure out the proper explanation for all of this?

      1. shazwellyn profile image69
        shazwellynposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Well the truth is Google's algorythm is secret - how can HP explain something that is hidden?  I think this one is going to a real tricky challenge!

  38. sunforged profile image66
    sunforgedposted 8 years ago

    Since I have been converted to your side, I wont worry about the details.

    But, your general reasoning is quite odd.

    Can you think of any examples of Industries or perhaps Governments or maybe even Religious Documents that put something on a piece of paper for the suckers to read, while actively engaging in something much different?

    BTW - where do I send my alms to Google, do I need to face any certain direction while praying...I have so many questions


    1. skyfire profile image70
      skyfireposted 8 years agoin reply to this



      1. HELLA profile image59
        HELLAposted 8 years agoin reply to this


  39. Pcunix profile image93
    Pcunixposted 8 years ago

    So, who else is a fool?

    We know I am.

    I guess HP must be, because their linking page agrees with my feelings.

    I guess those high powered SEO and SEM fools are also.

    We're all fools for thinking that you shouldn't be trying to game search engines.

    Oh, and I just LOVE the posts above this: those firms are lying, they don't really mean it, they solicit artificial links..  yes, EVERYBODY is sleazy and unethical!

    1. SiddSingh profile image61
      SiddSinghposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      You say that except twitter and FB, you don't need to "backink" ANYwhere else.

      HP does not appear to say that.

      Does HP punish bad backlinking behavior? Apparently it does.

      Has HP unpublished hubs by certain Hubbers that you accuse of unethical backlinking? NO.

      So, HP does not think the same way you do.

      1. Pcunix profile image93
        Pcunixposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I never said any such thing.

        Don't try to put false words in my mouth.

  40. shazwellyn profile image69
    shazwellynposted 8 years ago

    Well PC... looks like you have achieved your goal - Sunforged is converted!  He has turned his back to the darkside - now, we can have peace.

  41. skyfire profile image70
    skyfireposted 8 years ago

    Did i said that ? Or you want to make out stuff again ? Besides didn't you noticed one important point- these companies( Xerox, Panasonic and Kohler) do manipulate SERP with affiliate programs and PPC ads ?  wink

    My heroes ? You watch animes? Oh my, why you are not redirecting me to official matt cutts and google page for the proof of your own statement ?

    Unlike you, i never made any attack on any side of the fence. I said it's business. It's not hard to digest my statements.  wink

    You on the other hand is contradicting your own views.

    In some threads you give references of relache and advocate no backlinks to newbies as IF it works for all niche and all people on web (this even you can't prove) and here you tell me not to point you for that "NO-Backlinking" hatred of yours ?.

    -You write at place which is SEO optimized using PPC & Backlinks and you hate SERP manipulators. roll

    -You make attack on people for their promotion tactics by calling it black hat, spam etc. And you think they're calling others fools ?

    - You call names and sarcastically make comments without Proving your claims. And you think they're calling others fools,liers ?

    I'm still waiting for this-

    Give me official source from matt cuts and google that proves your this statement -"People have been banned, albeit temporarily, without using automation tools."


    1. shazwellyn profile image69
      shazwellynposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Seems you not following Sunforged's pathway to enlightenment then, Sky? hmm

      1. skyfire profile image70
        skyfireposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Sharon, read sunforged's post again for X conversion. (X)

  42. lrohner profile image80
    lrohnerposted 8 years ago

    PCUnix, you really need to slow down.

    You do realize that iProspect ACTIVELY. engages in artificial backlinking strategies, no? I mean, you so blithely quote them and hold them up as a higher power, you must know that, right? They just mask it as RCE, or Relevant Content Endorsement. They also submit their clients' sites to directories and search engines, and ALL of the other stuff that people engaging in SEO do. You do know that--right?

    You obviously know nothing at all about marketing--nothing--if you would go out to ANY commercial website and take the garbage they spout at face value.

    1. profile image52
      MyPostingIDposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      iProspect appears to have 200-300 backlinks pointed to the domain.  PCunix, are you going to tell me they are all "legitimate" according to your definition?

  43. shazwellyn profile image69
    shazwellynposted 8 years ago

    This thread is getting so heated, it might need to be transferred to the religious forum!

    1. kirstenblog profile image75
      kirstenblogposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      What religion would it fall under? lol big_smile

      1. skyfire profile image70
        skyfireposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Religion of Consumerism. wink

      2. shazwellyn profile image69
        shazwellynposted 8 years agoin reply to this


    2. Misha profile image67
      Mishaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Sharon, this is your favorite troll who does heat those otherwise pretty boring technical issues, nobody else. smile

      1. shazwellyn profile image69
        shazwellynposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Isnt it controversy that generates good traffic?

        1. Misha profile image67
          Mishaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Weren't you complaining though? wink

          1. shazwellyn profile image69
            shazwellynposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            err... it wasnt a complaint... it was a ...err.. observation (?)

            1. Misha profile image67
              Mishaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              He-he, I guess I mistook it then wink

              And sure, a couple of posts above I just agreed to your observation smile

  44. lrohner profile image80
    lrohnerposted 8 years ago

    From the iProspect website:

    iProspect performs the initial research to locate websites that contain subject matter that relates to your website's content...Once we have identified the appropriate contact persons at the target website, we work closely with you to review and recommend the page(s) on your website that would be most informative and beneficial to their visitors and recommend link text that would persuade users to take action. Then iProspect facilitates the necessary discussions with the external website owner(s) to establish the appropriate business relationship.

    Hmmm, am I wrong, or are they BUYING backlinks?

    1. Misha profile image67
      Mishaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Surely they do. smile

  45. SiddSingh profile image61
    SiddSinghposted 8 years ago


    This here is another gem.

    Going to the actual site is another eye opener.

  46. frogdropping profile image84
    frogdroppingposted 8 years ago

    I wonder if Nelle even halfway realized where this would end up? Not her fault, I'm just saying. This is a monster.

    And I still haven't had my Q answered. Some folk's SEO methods are unethical, immoral, dishonorable, corrupt, disreputable etc. Okaaaaayyyy. Got that. And the fact that the SE's make money from the same practices is ... what? Ehtical, moral, honorable, honest and reputable?

    1. Misha profile image67
      Mishaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Wow, Pretty Froggy got a pretty avatar! Liking it smile

    2. sunforged profile image66
      sunforgedposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      You will never get a direct question answered , Im afraid.

      I also like the new HallowFroggy avatar smile

      1. frogdropping profile image84
        frogdroppingposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Thought so *shrugs*

        Thanking you. I'm in the mood to bake. Gingerbread, parking. Toffee smile

        1. Misha profile image67
          Mishaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          *preparing to fly to Britain to try Frog's gingerbread* wink

    3. Randy Godwin profile image93
      Randy Godwinposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I don't know about that, FD!   Even Nellie might have a sense of humor!

      1. frogdropping profile image84
        frogdroppingposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I believe she does. And just like Dr Frankenstein, she's wisely moved along, leaving the monster to seethe quietly away, whilst she busies herself with work.

        Can't fault her smile

        1. shazwellyn profile image69
          shazwellynposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          I was thinking about suggesting a new hubpages feature - the anger thread, a place for time out (and a place to dump threads when they have run their course and there is nothing  more that needs to be said).

  47. skyfire profile image70
    skyfireposted 8 years ago

    Yes.    smile

    And Allah Yamaha is the ONLY true Creator. -*courtesy - Paarsurey

  48. Bill Manning profile image71
    Bill Manningposted 8 years ago

    HI Froggy! smile

    Trying to understand all this BS huh? The answer is,,,,
    all of the above work. Thousands of sites buy thousands of links and get on the first page.

    Thousands more write quality articles, link little and get on the front page.

    Everyone says one thing yet has their own "well,, this is ok" moments.

    My take? Read it all and do what seems logical. I will write quality articles, do some backlinking, maybe even buy some but not overdo it.

    This is the last time I'm looking at this thread, got post to make,,, smile

    1. frogdropping profile image84
      frogdroppingposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I'm not trying to understand it, I do understand it, The 'it' being the abiding issue - what is ethical, not who is ethical.

      That's where the problem lies, with this thread. It started with regard to what is acceptable backlinking in the eyes of HP. It has descended into calling hubbers out, derision and more.

      Pointing fingers and accusations won't change a damn thing. What will is if hubbers that have a fierce belief in ethics take their issue straight to the source of the problem - the SE's themselves.

      Even then, the chances of success are very unlikely. Business is not ethical, it never will be ethical. Business is all about profit. Profit is money. Money is power.

      Those that are have the monopoly power, or even oligopoly power won't be standing on honor any time in the next few millenniums.

      Death and taxes aren't the only two guarantees in life. Unethical business practice is the unspoken third guarantee.

      @ Misha - I can't cook very well but I sure can bake smile

    2. HELLA profile image59
      HELLAposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      That's what I'm saying!

  49. Pcunix profile image93
    Pcunixposted 8 years ago

    I have a funeral service to attend today, so I won't see the rest of the childish attacks until later.

    This is simply a matter of ethics.  Those without ethics would like you to believe that the whole world thinks as they do, that it's all "wink, wink, we say we have ethics but we don't"

    Obviously you can choose to believe me or the people who think manipulating search results is perfectly acceptable.

    Do take note of their tactics though: they disparage me, call me a troll, make up insulting names to refer to me by, lie about what I say with regard to linking. 

    What does that tell you about them?

    You will also note the anger in their posts.  This anger comes because they know I am right - they know what is ethical and what is not, but they want to confuse everyone who does not understand.

    It's just ethics.  You either are ethical or you are not. Yes, it's possible to do something ethical and hope that it gives you good SERP. But you know in your heart what you are doing and why.

    I've have admitted before that I cannot claim purity. I very briefly dabbled on the unethical side. I immediately felt dirty and I quit almost as soon as I started.

    All the complaints from the folks who dislike me for asking for ethical behavior will follow. As I said, I'll be at a funeral service, so I will not be able to respond.  But I ask you to consider their motives, the name calling and belittlement and the facts as I have presented them so far.

    Make the right choice. Stop idolizing unethical SEO.

    1. skyfire profile image70
      skyfireposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Reminds me of this guys brainwashing.


  50. sunforged profile image66
    sunforgedposted 8 years ago

    Texas Launches Antitrust Investigation of Google

    http://mashable.com/2010/09/03/texas-go … stigation/

    "According to Search Engine Land, the state of Texas’ investigation is focused on whether Google (Google) manipulates its search results to the detriment of its competition"

    Google Hit With Antitrust Investigation in Europe

    http://mashable.com/2010/02/23/google-a … ommission/

    This isn’t the first time Google will face scrutiny from regulators. In the U.S., its acquisition of DoubleClick was closely examined by the FTC before eventually winning approval. Meanwhile, antitrust concerns killed a deal that Google had made with Yahoo for ad serving back in 2008.

    Google AntiTrust?

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/23/techn … 3goog.html

    At the same time, Google’s own missteps have prompted a new round of scrutiny. This month, it admitted  that its camera-equipped cars, which drive around photographing the world’s neighborhoods for Street View images within Google Maps, had inadvertently collected fragments of communications from people using unsecured WiFi networks. Privacy advocates howled, while the F.T.C. and regulators in Europe said they were looking into the matter. ....

    Google Hypocrisy?

    How China exposed Google's hypocrisy


    The ultimate result is that security and privacy subject to the inconstant whims of corporate policy cannot be trusted to be consistent or trustworthy. This is one more reason why there is no such thing as a trusted brand.

    'Do No Evil' lays bare Web giant's hypocrisy

    http://www.peopleforum.cn/viewthread.ph … a=page%3D1

    "Where's the "Do No Evil" when it comes to collecting data and profiteering off the private lives of others?

    Google's hunger for information is largely a one-way street. How much do we know about Google and its inner workings and its secret deals? How good is it to its word when it comes to not reading other people's mails?

    Even Microsoft's Steve Ballmer, an aggressive capitalist in his own right with a sharp eye on profit and market share, has gone on record to criticize Google for scanning the content of user e-mails for the sake of advertising research.

    Google CEO Eric Schmidt has acknowledged that private information is stored and might be shared with US authorities, blithely absolving the company of responsibility by saying "We are all subject in the United States to the Patriot Act".

    you may notice I choose my sources differently than you,

    The State of Texas, The Federal Trade Commission, The New York Times, Techrepublic ...

    see the difference, now go find a link to the McDonalds website or some other unrelated drivel.

    as for ethics, in order to discuss ethics, you must be capable of coherent debate .. this is not your strong suit.

    so Ill say, you are wrong

    now, you say, no, you are wrong

    and ill go swim in my shekels and consider your response

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