• Scott Davis

    One very active avenue of negative SEO currently is competitors messing with your G-Maps listing or spamming the market in your area with BS listings that show up for your client’s company brand name with the competitor’s URL & contact information.

  • Dave Smythe

    Though it might not be called Negative SEO, I’ve seen countless times clients switching to different SEO companies thinking that the “grass is greener” on the other side. If the site has solid on-page, what’s left for the new SEO to do? Build links or they do a redesign to keep the client happy.

    What this does is tarnish the link footprint, and often times the massive and rapid deployment of even good links can cause G to look hard at the site and often penalize them.

    I pitch link building with new clients using BBQ terms….Low and slow!

  • http://ignitevisibility.com John E Lincoln

    Hi Scott and Dave,

    Thanks for the comments. You both make good points.

    I thought i would throw this in there too. I have seen competitors actually look at a persons backlink profile and create a link removal strategy. So instead of building links, they are actively trying to take links down for a competitor. no bueno

  • Scott Davis

    Now that’s not something I’ve seen… nasty.

  • Chris Evers

    John, great article. There were a few tools in here that I was unaware of. I’ve got a large client with tons of horrible back links from his previous SEO. It’s hard to tell your client he paid someone to jack up his site. I plan on sharing this article to help soften the blow.
    Cheers!

  • http://ignitevisibility.com John E Lincoln

    Totally. I have seen some websites with tens of thousands of paid links from past SEO companies. It is such hard work to get the links removed and to get rid of the penalty. The black hat SEO companies from the past can really make it tough for a new SEO company to do good work. Thanks for the comment.

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