Big G Now Going After Link Sellers!

The Panda update penalized sites that actively bought links for SEO/Page Rank benefits. But now Google appears to be going after the people who are selling links.

A buddy of mine logged into his Webmaster Central account, and saw the following message at the top of the screen:

Google Webmaster Tools notice of detected unnatural links on [site name here]

There was a lengthy e-mail that followed, explaining that the site in question had been flagged for possible trickery, and to comply and then file a reinclusion request.

It took a few days, but he finally figured out that a paid blogroll link was to blame! It was not exactly topical, but for $50 he was willing to look the other way. It’s hard to believe that a 3-month old site with a single bad link could get the attention of Google. My guess is that the site he linked to was already flagged as a link buyer, and how G is going after everyone that sold them links.

It’s a scary situation, given that Google can essentially destroy your business if you fall out of line in any way. All he wanted to do was monetize his site, not maliciously deceive Google!

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