Google Eliminates Another Link Network, – Just One Of Several?

The battle between Google and those trying to artificially manipulate its search results is an ongoing battle. Google on March 19th took down one of those blog/link networks named confirmed Google has deindexed an “overwhelming majority” of their network as of March 19, 2012. The management of has decided to immediately shut down their service and provide refunds to customers. thought that Google would allow their network since they felt they provided “better quality service,” which was a “bit different from other networks.” But as they admitted on their blog, “this was not the case.”

On one hand, I am surprised so many people still participate in quick and easy tactics like this? Google has a long history of going after link and blog networks. Here is just one more example. But I guess when things seem to work and it is easy, a human will often go with it. Even though network after network has been hit by the paid link penalties and worse.

Jennifer Ledbetter at PotPieGirl has a lot more on this network being hit by Google on her blog. It might also just be one of several networks hit.

Digital Due Diligence, it its latest newsletter, pointed to Niche Pursuits mentioning that some other networks may have been hit, as well as two forum discussions about this.

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