How Google PENALIZED My Sites for Selling Links (And It’s Not Exactly What You Think)

Yes, that’s true. I got caught by Google for selling paid links.

You are probably already aware that Google is taking the obvious measures against paid links.

I have a couple of niche web sites; some of them hardly got any traffic, but they all had nice Google PageRanks. There was a time I was selling paid links with Backlinks.com which made me a small stream of income every month.

However, one day I woke up and saw a popular site of mine dropped from PR 3 to PR 0.

“It must be something wrong! I never used any blackhat SEO methods!” So I checked my other sites.

But to my surprise that all my sites listed in the Backlinks.com are down to PR0. Then I realized that I’ve got a PageRank penalty from Google.

But the interesting thing is, I found that selling paid links ONLY hurt my PageRank but NOT actually my rankings in Google. I don’t see any drop in Google rankings for all my PageRank penalized sites.

I assume that Google just wants to make the PageRank penalty as a red flag, to warn people who might be potentially buying links on a nabbed site.
By using PageRank decreases, Google can hurt the perceived value of buying links from a particular site – without harming core relevancy for the search results.

I assume that Google just wants to make the PageRank penalty as a red flag, to warn people who might be potentially buying links on a nabbed site.

By using PageRank decreases, Google can hurt the perceived value of buying links from a particular site – without harming core relevancy for the search results.

I also found a post by Jim Boykin that confirmed my view.

The good news is, Google won’t slap link buyers. If they do, there will be a flood of people putting up links to their competitors with large red “SPONSORED” flags to make them look like paid links, in order to get their competition “slapped”.

Personally, I neither advocate nor discourage paid links. Even though Google hate paid links, buying and selling links still can’t be stopped because it’s a normal part of the web economy.

So if you want to buy and sell links, make sure to do it the sneaky way.

You can look for link placement deals on private marketplaces on webmaster forums like Digital Point and SitePoint:

http://forums.digitalpoint.com/forumdisplay.php?f=58
http://marketplace.sitepoint.com/categories/buy-advertising-space

You can also offer your own link placement deals on the above forums, or just submit your sites to some established link marketplaces like Text-link-ads to attract link buyers.

For my part, Text-link-ads is doing great job protecting their publishers from being detected by Google, and usually they have much better payout than private deals.

So check it out if you want to sell links but don’t feel like hawking your link deals at the forums.

To your amazing success!

Henry Zeng



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6 responses to “How Google PENALIZED My Sites for Selling Links (And It’s Not Exactly What You Think)”

  1. I think that would be a great way to prevent the search engines from thinking you are gaming the system.
    You are need to use some variations with the ‘keyword anchor text’.

    We encourage you to get into the habit of submitting multiple articles each and every week. This is a proven way to provide tremendous benefits for your website.

    You can use multiple backlink methods and Google won’t slap your link buyers.

  2. the only way to be safe is to own google!
    Start saving you need a lot of cash to buy them!

    If the tomorrow decided that you will loose ranking unless to put a picture of Page and Brin on your wall and salute them daily you have no choice than to obey because they own you!

    They can F++ck you in every possible way at any time they want! Everything else is pure speculation….
    Sorry but thats the truth!

  3. Mackeran says:

    In truth, immediately i didn’t understand the essence. But after re-reading all at once became clear.

  4. Last time we have the same issues regarding the PageRank penalty, since i started doing SEO, I am just using whitehat, but after a month thanks God my PR comes back.

    Regards,
    social media tools for marketing

  5. This topic about google penalized selling links is big problem for thousands of webmasters.

    After reading all at once became clear.

    Thanks for this great post.

  6. About six months ago, we completely gave up paid links. It contributed to our page to the next level. Most of the content of pages reached among the top 10. Removed paid links and the position was further strengthened. We have found websites that have no links at all, or are a few links, but they occupied first place in all top 10 positions. Google has made ??many changes this year. The algorithm’s totally changed. Google update panda is growing even more. We can see here that they take into account the bounce rate, taking into account whether the website has a practical function, such as the form or service form. Also, unique and relevant text. It all has a very positive way. But we put note that links to a similar theme website now have an even greater impact. But paid links are even less important than before. These are our experiences today.

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