• http://www.iacquire.com/ Joe Griffin

    Hey guys – we do not buy or sell links. Most people in the industry know our history and we are way past that.

    And, from what we can see here, T-Mobile is NOT trying to buy links. I think the guy that is trying to SELL them a link doesn’t understand the seriousness of buying and selling links these days.

  • http://www.CheesyCorporateLingo.com/ Patrick Reinhart

    You know, I usually kill Cutts on stuff, but I have to admit that that is a pretty damn funny tweet back to that guy.

  • Durant Imboden

    If I were Matt Cutts, I’d give T-Mobile the benefit of the doubt, but I’d turn Vince over to Uncle Vinnie.

  • http://GodOfSEO.Co/ Charles Floate

    Not any mention of iAcquire (the infamous “white hat” / “content marketing” based agency) buying links for their clients on pages that are pretty irrelevant to the overall sites “content theme” ?

  • Matt McGee

    If you read the guy’s tweets, he says the links were bought two years ago (i.e., February 2012). iAcquire was then penalized in May 2012, and the company says it no longer provides that service (see Joe Griffin’s comment above). So the fact that “Vince” mentions them by name is completely irrelevant to this story. We already covered that when it happened in 2012.

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

    I can respect that response as well-

  • http://bethanyblogs.co.uk Bethany Edwards

    Why not send T-Mobile an e-mail, surely the help desk will deal accordingly. What a weirdo!

  • http://www.bloggingfromparadise.com/ Ryan Biddulph

    Not a good move, but we are all human, I suppose ;)

  • http://www.brickmarketing.com/ Nick Stamoulis

    It’s like watching a kid in class blatantly cheat during a test. You feel bad for the guy cause you know he is going to get caught, but at the same time if you are going to try to cheat be smart about it!

  • keaner

    T-mobile should be penalized as well, cant sell if no one is buying

  • http://jameshalloran.net/ James R. Halloran

    Hahaha! I actually like Cutts’ reply on this one. That is really dumb. Twitter is by far the worst place to be “discreet.”

  • http://socialvani.com/ Chitraparna Sinha

    Oh Lord! …this was super foolish :D

  • http://anothermarketer.com/ Philip Tomlinson

    I can’t believe I got my face on SEL!

  • http://anothermarketer.com/ Philip Tomlinson
  • http://www.sbwebcenter.com/ Steve B

    Wow, so clueless. Why would you talk about those things on twitter of all places?? He could’ve simply did some research to find the contact info for the SEO manager. Hello, LinkedIn…

  • Naser Mohd Baig

    Hahaha, this is what that happens when kids are allowed to have computers with an internet connection.

  • Rob

    Whats disappointing here is the general tone of this post is more about how stupid Vince is for allowing himself to get caught; rather than focusing on the obvious problem of people selling links. It is my fervent desire that cheating is eradicated from the internet marketing world. This post could have helped.

  • Matt McGee

    That’s because it IS stupid, Rob.

  • Rob

    LOL – I am not denying that what Vince did WAS stupid! No need to be so defensive Matt. I just thought there was an opportunity to shed some light on the sub-culture of link selling/buying and how deep it is embedded in the SEO world.