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    Dealing with negative SEO

    Here's an interesting article on negative SEO.
    http://econsultancy.com/blog/64368-n...pted-practice?

    Do you have a strategy for dealing with negative SEO? Do you agree with the commenter who suggested that links would become less important for ranking and this would in turn place more importance on having good content? Do you have any thoughts on the subject at all?
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    First I admit I didn't read the article, but a question...Who decides on what "good content" is? I have a lot of good content on my website, more than anyone else in my niche. it doesn't do me the slightest bit of good as far as Google goes. They still promote sites with less content, worse content, and content which is flat out wrong and misleading.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dsieg58 View Post
    First I admit I didn't read the article, but a question...Who decides on what "good content" is? I have a lot of good content on my website, more than anyone else in my niche. it doesn't do me the slightest bit of good as far as Google goes. They still promote sites with less content, worse content, and content which is flat out wrong and misleading.
    I pretty much agree with what you have to say concerning the issue of having great content. The problem is that I may have a brand new website full of great content, but if I don't promote it through using some of the link building methods out there in order for them to become much more visible, so that people can find them valuable and link to them. It's evident that can't serve me any good.

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    Hi Beat15, and welcome to EP. So you're saying that promotion trumps quality? Even if it's promotion that violates every rule in the book but does it in a way that's not detected as "spammy"?
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    Marie Haynes published an excellent post on MOZ for the same topic - "Negative SEO". This will clarify all SEOs doubt about negative SEO and recommended actions if attacked.

    http://moz.com/blog/preparing-for-negative-seo

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    Hi and welcome to Experienced People. Please have a look at the forum rules so you can get settled in. We ask people not to link out on their first posts to help us keep the spam down. However, the Moz link seems useful and interesting so I've allowed it.

    Do you have a particular interest in negative SEO or was it just something of interest you happened to find? Why not introduce yourself and tell us a bit about yourself?

    Edit: Sorry, I just noticed you did introduce yourself a few months ago. Welcome back!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clinton View Post
    Hi Beat15, and welcome to EP. So you're saying that promotion trumps quality? Even if it's promotion that violates every rule in the book but does it in a way that's not detected as "spammy"?
    Well, I think it does at some extent. Let's say for instance you are in a highly competitive niche it might be very difficult to get link in a natural way without doing some link building. I understand that quality does matter, but it's at some extent.

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    I had a website attacked by a competitor. It was targeted with links in porn-related websites, and other overly-spammed ones. Crazy and repetitive anchor text's were also present. These were over 20,000 links, site-wide ones, blog comments like "good post", etc.

    It all went without affecting the website significantly at first. There was a slight drop after some time, but it was nothing dramatic and I wouldn't say it was because of the links.

    The only sensible way of dealing with negative SEO is to Disavow. At first, I started by contacting webmasters of the referring domains. As you would guess - just a very few replies. With the time their domain registration would just expire. In addition, it was going to be tough job to contact even one third of the domain owners/webmasters. So, I uploaded a disavow file for all the domains, using excel formulas to sort them, remove duplicates, and format the file up to Google's requirements.

    Now I checked the website it has some 2,000 links left.

    I guess negative SEO is not much to worry about, even though I remember how stressed out I was with this site, which was on top of the search.

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