A Hearty Welcome to All the New Search Engine Spammers!

The family of SEO Black Hats just got a whole lot bigger. Tons of people who thought they were playing by the rules, including sites in every category of the Internet, just got categorized as search engine spammers by Google in Matt Cutt’s recent post

How to report paid links

Google may provide a special form for paid link reports at some point, but in the mean time, here’s a couple of ways that anyone can use to report paid links:
- Sign in to Google’s webmaster console and use the authenticated spam report form, then include the word “paidlink” (all one word) in the text area of the spam report. If you use the authenticated form, you’ll need to sign in with a Google Account, but your report will carry more weight.
- Use the unauthenticated spam report form and make sure to include the word “paidlink” (all one word) in the text area of the spam report.

Anyone who buys or sells links is now a search engine spammer – and I say “Welcome to the Club!”

Now that you’ve popped your cherry, you might as well get yourself acquainted with how things work in the black hat world. You are no longer “on Google’s Side” (if you ever were in the first place).

It’s a war. Google has cast you as the enemy. Make sure you are prepared.

“Every battle is won or lost before it is ever fought.” — Sun-tzu

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23 Responses to “A Hearty Welcome to All the New Search Engine Spammers!”

  1. JeremyL says:

    That’s a WHOLE LOT of sites. I don’t think there is a single commerce category where the majority of the front page isn’t buying their way to the top. It’s the price of admission.

  2. freelanceblogger says:

    there goes all my blog income :) I guess I’ll be back to doing dishes in restaurants soon.

  3. Google Needs Snitches! No Pay, No Vacation Time, Nobody will like you!

    Deat Matt Cutts and Google,
    I used to love you. I would tell my friends about the “car Google bought”, the mortgage “Adsense was paying for”, and so on. Now you are trying to destroy what you helped create.
    In an outright fool…

  4. [...] Between launching a questionable quality score in Adwords to announcements that buying links makes your a spammer, Google’s karma has taken quite a hit in the past year. The whole part about storing massive quantities of user data and going on billion dollar spending binges has some wondering if Sergey and Larry will overtake Bill Gates as computing’s Darth Vader. [...]

  5. [...] And for those of you who thought you were earning an honest living selling advertising on your websites, Quadszilla of SEOBlackhat offers a wake up call of what Google now thinks about you: [...]

  6. [...] Brandon Hopkins offers some advice to Google on his blog, he says, “stop fighting against webmasters, because if it weren’t for us, you wouldn’t have anything to offer searchers. Spot on Brandon, Google needs to be thanking us webmasters, not punishing us. We’re not all part of the dark side you know… [...]

  7. m1t0s1s says:

    hehe, paying for links. Who would do that?

    lol

  8. SixSigma says:

    OK, that does it. I just switched my browser home page and default search engine to live.com.

    Yeah, I know, an Army of one. What the hell. As seoclass.com points out:

    > This change in policy is exactly the opposite of Google’s published
    > webmaster guidelines which state:
    > Make pages for users, not for search engines … Another useful
    > test is to ask, “Does this help my users? Would I do this if
    > search engines didn’t exist?”

    The only way that Google can make a claim that it knows what your visitors want is if they have taken the LEAP OF EVIL: They’ve started indexing people’s minds! That’s right, Matt Cutts has developed a mind reading algorithm.

    Scary!

  9. Lots0 says:

    You guys are missing the best point to this whole thing.

    >Google can not detect paid links, never has been able too and most likely never will be able to.

    So as long as no one rats you out to ‘the google’, your paid links are as good as GOLD!

  10. budlight says:

    This is definitely calling for bloggers to begin making posts like “How I used live.com or yahoo.com for 30 days”. “How I quit using google products for 30 days” etc. I think the difference wouldn’t be that bad. Why does google try to pretend they’ll withhold search data from authorities (pretend they aren’t snitches) when they simply encourage people to snitch. I don’t see what the big deal is. If someone has a $30,000 link campaign, they still better know how to make money or someone else will come along and do it better than them. In the end I think capitalism will right any discrepancies in bought links.

  11. [...] Paid link buyers and sellers are nothing but black hat spammers (though you’ll never catch me saying spamming is right or wrong – to quote Vlad from Max Payne 2, “you have to do what you have to do.“). Now I’m hearing alot of noise and alot of repetition, so I compiled a list of 21 major compelling (and not so compelling) anti-Google-paid-link-policy objections I came across on the Net in the last few days. [...]

  12. [...] Para karşılığında bağlantıları satabiliyorsunuz bildiğiniz gibi. Örneğin yüksek PR değerli sitelere para karşılığı sayfanızın linkini koydurabilirsiniz. SEO dünyasında çokca geçerli olan bu yöntem, geçen Google geliştiricilerinden Matt Cutts’un blog’unda suya batırıldı. Matt Cutts’un bu girdisi baya yankı buldu. Matt Cutt’s göre bu gibi sayfalar Spam olarak sayılıyor, ve bunu Google’a Webmasters sayfasından bildirilmesini istedi. Bu da çok tartışıldı. Seo Black Hat de savaş ilan etti. Bakalım nasıl gelişecek olaylar. [...]

  13. [...] Quadzilla is already welcoming the new legions [...]

  14. [...] – SEOblackhat, A Hearty Welcome to All the New Search Engine Spammers! [...]

  15. [...] Update – I like Quadzillas take on this – lol [...]

  16. Você pode ser um blackhat sem saber

    Matt Cutts cuida das questões relacionadas a spam e SEO no Google. Em seu blog pessoal ele fala como é possível (e deve ser feito) denunciar links pagos como se fossem spam.
    - Sign in to Google’s webmaster console and use the authenticated spam …

  17. [...] The recent uproar and backlash over Matt Cutt’s announcement of a war on buying links is pretty interesting. I especially liked that black hat take on it. I bet he has been waiting for that one for a while. [...]

  18. JeffpOsaka says:

    I feel cool now!

  19. [...] Update: I’ve been waiting for response from some bigger names on this one. Quadzilla has pointed out that everyone has joined his black-hat ranks. Maybe they are all sitting back to see how the ball lands. [...]

  20. [...] Eine der Bösen Techniken, ist ja Links zu kaufen.. Somit kommt da fast jede Seite auf die schwarze Liste. Der SEO Black hat einen netten Artikel darüber gepostet: The family of SEO Black Hats just got a whole lot bigger. Tons of people who thought they were playing by the rules, including sites in every category of the Internet, just got categorized as search engine spammers by Google in Matt Cutt’s recent post (How to report paid links) [...]

  21. [...] Contudo, é claro que o Google não é quem ele é sendo imbecil. Os engenheiros deles sabem muito bem como funciona a Internet, e melhor ainda como funcionam mecanismos de busca. Seria absurdo se qualquer denúncia de link pago agora pudesse derrubar negócios legítimos com o mero preenchimento de um formulário online. O Quadszilla, do SEO Black Hat escreveu um artigo bem irônico, dando “de coração” as boas vindas aos novos spammers (dúvida instantânea: será que este link deveria ter ido com rel=’nofollow’?). A parte mais divertida, e também a mais séria, é quando ele “realiza” as empresas indianas de SEO dizendo que por duzentos dólares eles tiram qualquer competidor seu da parada, já que custa muito mais barato arruinar o trabalho dos concorrentes do que ficar bem posicionado nos resultados de buscas. [...]

  22. [...] In the words of SEO Black Hat, "Its a war. Google has cast you as the enemy. Make sure you are prepared." [...]

  23. [...] This speaks to the very core of my discussion on white hat vs black hat SEO. There’s one of the most intelligent summaries of the situation over at SEO class. They’ve pulled a lot of quotes from a lot of respected bloggers. My favourite quote comes from Black Hat SEO. He announced his welcome a while ago, as soon as Matt Cutts fired the first volley. It’s a war. Google has cast you as the enemy. Make sure you are prepared. [...]