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When Google Competition Gets Evil - My Story

  1. thooghun profile image82
    thooghunposted 6 years ago

    I wanted to share a personal aside because I felt that people on Hubpages could relate. Allow me to preface by saying that the main reason I use HP is to rapidly rank and test select niches (which is why my profile is so incredibly eclectic), and when I find one I then build my own website around it and push.

    Around January I happened to find a particularly lucrative niche, and after a couple of months of pushing and promoting I found that ranking first could net me over $50 a day of revenue on a single article around those keywords. I coasted to rank 3, but could never really break the top 2, so I let the project rot somewhat in the meantime.

    Come Google Panda, I began to push to the first spot, which is where mayhem broke lose. Never would I have thought that online competition could be as vicious as offline competition usually is.

    At first, I began to get a steady stream of traffic from my fellow competitor's admin page -- no doubt sussing my article out. Then, began to discover that Yahoo's site explorer tool was reporting the onset of thousand of backlinks to my article from -- wait for it -- porn sites and affiliates. Thankfully, this didn't seem to affect my rankings.

    "Nice try @#$%hole!" I thought. But it didn't end there.

    Next came the on-site spam campaign, a systematic effort at bad mouthing my article in the comment section, and elsewhere. The pressure was enough that it warranted my full attention at times, and occasionally I was close to pulling the plug on the whole thing. That is until he...

    Decided to start click-bombing my adsense ads in an effort to get my account banned.

    I mentioned this on HP because, like me, I'm sure a lot of you find that as intrinsically obscene as I do. I make close to half my monthly income online, and shutting down adsense is no different from concocting a fairy tale and attempting to get me sacked from my job.

    It goes without saying that I both temporarily shut down the ads and reported the abuse to Google. I'm sure an 85% CTR would get their attention anyway.

    Does anyone have any similar stories?

    1. 2besure profile image82
      2besureposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Wow!  That is brutal...I can't imaged people being so wicked.  I had a friend that had a niche site that was in compensation with another seasoned site.  She got a message from them to give them a call.  They offered her $7,000 for a site that make about $70 s month. Once they bought the site, they dismantled it.  It would be interesting if you posted a for sale sign on that site, how much you could get for it.  It would be better than getting banned from Google because of their invalid clicks.

  2. Dame Scribe profile image58
    Dame Scribeposted 6 years ago

    I can't say if I have been attacked or not by another - only time I got reported was on Yahoo answers but at the same time I got a vote of 10 for best answer smile it was a strange experience but has made me 'approach with caution' that somebody is watching tongue lol but I agree, there are evile people that will seek to rise to fame at your expense sad hope you get to recover and the bs gets settled.

  3. SiddSingh profile image60
    SiddSinghposted 6 years ago

    It happens.

    On some of my 'niche' websites - which incidentally are not getting a lot of traffic as of now - a number of visits on a daily basis are from whois. You have to accept it as a part of online marketing.

    I started the same way as you - testing niches and then graduating to websites. But IMO the risks (in terms of niche exposure etc) outweigh the benefits. And that was before Panda.

    If I ever link to any website from HP, it will to my personal blog, or portfolio/business type websites.

  4. SincerelyT profile image60
    SincerelyTposted 6 years ago

    I'm sorry this happened to you. It's a great thing you contacted Google about this. Being proactive and letting Google know will greatly decrease your chances of getting banned because of someone else. Google watches Adsense publishers like a hawk so I'm sure they notice it as well. Hopefully things will get better for you.