• http://marijuanagames.org Russ Hudson

    hahahaha what did they expect? Anyone who participated in this deserves exactly what they get.

  • http://www.webhostingsecretrevealed.net/ Jerry Low

    By Google’s definition, any web marketing strategy that’s effective, scalable, and not own by Google is spam. Yes?

  • http://www.webhostingsecretrevealed.net/ Jerry Low

    Saw this from another blog, check this out – guest post on Analytics by John Koenig – http://analytics.blogspot.com.es/2014/03/storytelling-with-data-using-measureful.html – the two links in author by-line is dofollow. Do you think John’s site deserved to be penalized too?

  • Sales Copy Solutions

    This is their goal. It’s ironic that Matt uses the example of link lists, and more informative than people might think too. Google destroyed link lists because they were a direct threat to Google’s dominance, and it is now doing the same to all other forms of marketing and promotion.

    It would not surprise me if in a year or two they release some excuse about how Facebook and Twitter are signals of “blackhat” SEO, and start penalizing for that too, forcing webmasters further into the clutches of Google+ and their own advertising.

    Google has already done the same thing with other advertising methods, dictating to webmasters how and where ads should be displayed on their pages. Reducing the confidence of webmasters to display ads was a convenient way to encourage more of them to spend stupid money advertising with Google instead.

  • http://www.webhostingsecretrevealed.net/ Jerry Low

    In short, it’s just plain business.
    And we are in a game where Google’s holding most of the cards.

  • Sales Copy Solutions

    And unfortunately it’s a business where one company controls an unacceptable share of the market, and in a market which can arbitrarily damage or destroy a business, and the livelihoods of all involved, on a whim.

  • Derek Whitney

    I disagree Ross. This really stinks for bloggers or companies who were looking to build real links and relationships with legit sites. If you accepted a post from a site that’s only purpose is to build links and PR, then yes they absolutely deserve it.

    MBG should have done a better job with filtering out those crappy, low quality sites that are easy to get links on.

  • yourpcuniverse

    I am active publishing member of myblogguest and Alas today I got unnatural outbound link warning in Google webmaster tools.
    See The pic
    Hoping to recover my site from said penalty.

  • KickStart Search

    Just a heads up, your domain name is still visible in a 2nd location on that screenshot (next to the “help” button). Not sure if you care, but I thought you might since you blacked out the 1st reference.

  • KickStart Search

    Right on the money Jerry. What’s sad is that MBG is being scapegoated because 1) They are an open network where member blog lists can be crawled by Google (i.e. penalized for transparency). 2) They refused to mandate the inclusion of nofollow links.

    Google made no effort to identify which posts/links within the MBG platform were crap, versus ones that actually provided valid citations and links that were sourcing information as opposed to trying to pass PageRank. They just napalmed ever site linked from within the network.

    The Analytics blog is a perfect example of the selective enforcement of Google’s rules.

    #dontbeevil <- yeah right.

  • yourpcuniverse

    Thanks dear I changed it

  • YiannisG

    with all due respect you dont deserve to be here as you aree clueless about SEO. Were you even a member there? any idea what the place was about? Did you know that people received penalties without even having their sites reviewed. Do you know that a blog received it cause it was linking to Techcrunch? Yup Techcrunch bought a link from a PR 1 blog. Cool Story

  • Marcus Aurelius

    Can’t help but notice the “proudly featured on” with the Search Engine Land logo

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  • http://www.uncorkedventures.com/ Mark Aselstine

    We got hit. In cases like this, there’s plenty of arguments for and against these type of actions. I’ve disavowed the links I received (about 40) as well as deleting the posts that I published from MBG (about 6).

    How long Google takes to respond and how they choose to respond, says a lot about the intent IMO. Especially given that quite a few of the posts from MBG came before Google warned about the dangers of guest posting-

  • Christine

    If you are big brand , it can take few hours/days to get a response and get things sorted out… Else months and years… and maybe a decade….2024 !!!.. who knows..

  • http://www.dominiquej.com/ Dominique Jackson

    I mentioned this on another blog, but I think it’s worth noting here too. Anyone that thinks that Google penalized MBG because they want to keep the “integrity” of their search results is misinformed.

    If Google really cared about all the “evils” of guest blogging so much, then they would stop accepting money from services that offer paid guest blogging services (AdWords ads). You can do a Google search right now for guest blogging related keywords, and you’ll see plenty of ads for services that promote link building via guest blogging for money. In fact, what those services are doing is way worse than MBG. But Google has no problem promoting those sites because they’re AdWords customers.

    Isn’t it funny how Google knocked MBG out of the organic search results, but if MBG were to run AdWords ads right now, their ads would show up right on top of the results, above the organic results? If Google really cared about this whole crusade against guest blogging for SEO, they would stop accepting money from any websites that promote guest blogging for SEO.

  • http://www.otriadmarketing.com/ Christopher Skyi

    it should be quite easy (if I get what’s happened, which is pretty staggering, by the way) — all you have to do is remove all the guest posts from your site, or remove the links to the home sites from the posts.

  • http://doodleddoes.com/ Doodled

    MBG was a great concept but it became a runaway train. Someone would walk in on Monday and say “I’ve started a fashion blog” and walk out a few hours later with 50 “posts”, each of which contained one word or keyword phrase as a link. Totally Ezine.

    I joined to have a look around and was approached by content writers working for “SEO companies” but the content was just dross. Had some kind of moderation been introduced it may have been saved but in all other respects it started to become a bit like blackhatworld!

    Now for all of you blasting Google. It’s a business and part of it’s cost base is maintaining the vast infrastructure needed to crawl the web. Any business looks at ways to keep costs down. For Google that means doing what it can to reduce the dross on the internet because that’s less content to crawl.

    Has MBG been unfairly singled out as a scare tactic? Perhaps but that’s just a shrewd move by Google. If it turns people off all the other similar sites then the practice will just die out by itself.

  • Christine

    And it is the Online Marketers fault as well .. they should educate their clients more about Bing, and Yahoo. Bing is upto the task and there is not much difference in search results…except that Google has become a habit for many… The road will be slow, but i believe one day this Google dominance will be over…