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Google Bans a PR 7 Website(also premium adsense) for Selling Paid Text Link Ads

Discussion in 'SEO' started by cini, Apr 7, 2008.

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    Robin Good writes the popular MasterNewMedia blog that enjoys a Google Page Rank of 7 and is also a premium Adsense Publisher. Like most other websites on the planet, this place is monetized by Google Adsense, text links and other direct advertising.

    Early this week, Robin realized that his site has been pushed out of Google without warning and all the organic search traffic originating from Google suddenly vanished.

    This could be the worst nightmare for any online publisher since Google has, without doubts, the maximum reach. In Robin's case, Google was responsible for 80% of his site traffic which is now gone.
    Initially, he thought the corrupt sitemap file for responsible for Google kicking the site out of the top results but soon realized the culprit was something else - paid links.

    Robin has submitted a re-inclusion requested with Google. He makes over $3k per month from Text Link Ads alone but has decided to remove them from his site because it's an overall loss in the long term.

    "I do not suggest you take off text links or stop considering them because they pose a risk of Google penalizing your site. I suggest this because if it doesn't start from me the being honest and transparent with the system I use to survive this independent publishing game is not going to last very long."
    SEMrush
    source: http://labnol.blogspot.com/2007/08/google-bans-pr-7-website-for-selling.html
     
    cini, Apr 7, 2008 IP
    SEMrush
  2. tolgafiratoglu

    tolgafiratoglu Active Member

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    Hey, if they are premium, why don't they continue to sell links by themselves? It's OK, no need to worry, Google should be digging it's grave if it's facing high traffic sites.
     
    tolgafiratoglu, Apr 7, 2008 IP
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    dairyman Notable Member

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    That is really a pathetic situation. When it comes to violation of rules, Google is very tough. It does not discriminate between high & low PR and ordinary and premium publishers. Many of the publishers are dependent on the google traffic and in future they have to follow the rules in both letter and spirit. :)
     
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    marketingprofessionals Banned

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    Google likes selling of links but with no follow tags
     
    marketingprofessionals, Apr 7, 2008 IP
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    wisdomtool Moderator Staff

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    Thank goodness Microsoft Yahoo merger seems to be getting through hopefully, hope that some competition will keep Google on their toes.
     
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    cini Active Member

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    if i have a site that with premium adsenseaccount i even don't tell my mother and father or friends:)
     
    cini, Apr 7, 2008 IP
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    tolgafiratoglu Active Member

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    In my first review I tought they were banned from Adsense. Now I wrote as a whole, OMG, they were banned from "Search?!?"

    This is barbarism.

    Google, what happened to "be no devil?"
     
    tolgafiratoglu, Apr 7, 2008 IP
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    wisdomtool Moderator Staff

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    "Do No Evil" to yourself, does not mean "Do No Evil" to others :)

     
    wisdomtool, Apr 7, 2008 IP
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    kittyluver Well-Known Member

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    It is really pity to get noticed that he had been penalized for having TLA.
     
    kittyluver, Apr 7, 2008 IP
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    sajidmm Peon

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    wow.... its interesting, man he lose 80% traffic that come from google.
     
    sajidmm, Apr 7, 2008 IP
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    google is much restric about this. i should also change some of my sites having 4 and 5.
     
    salman4raza, Apr 7, 2008 IP
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    amitpagarwal Peon

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    Wow, it does go to show that Google does rule the world, or at least some people's world. It is also amazing that google reinstated the website. I have a buddy who had his pr5 site banned and Google did not even want to discuss it with him. Could be because they accused him of click fraud, which could put him in a different category.
     
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    Proximity Banned

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    Google is not good these days
     
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    zee Banned

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    Yes, I think in some ways, Microsoft and Yahoo merger would keep things in balance.
     
    zee, Apr 7, 2008 IP
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    nation-x Peon

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    I think Google is in danger of anti-trust. Banning sites because they use text link ads is a violation of the law.
     
    nation-x, Apr 7, 2008 IP
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    angilina Notable Member

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    So, premium Adsense Publishers also have to worry about google penalties :)
     
    angilina, Apr 7, 2008 IP
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    It looks like Google is the king of "tough love". They love to make money off you but if you cross them, they get tough. lol :)
     
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    No, it is not.
     
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    Poor guy.
    We should be careful now
     
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