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    Default Identifying and preventing negative SEO attacks

    Since most blackhat techniques are dead, unscrupulous webmasters and SEO companies have resorted to raising their own sites, by taking down yours. It gets more and more common everyday and I see it A LOT.
    One thing many Web professionals have noticed over the last two or three years is the enormous rise in negative SEO techniques. Negative SEO is threatening safe, organic and natural search engine growth. Before we dive into the finer details, let’s answer the burning question: -
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    Good article. Sad that the blackhats simply moved on to something else when their original techniques were discovered and banned, but I suppose that's the way it is. The best defense is to know what might be tried and to have a defense for it.

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    The thing about negative seo is that the more you do good seo, the less effect the negative seo has. That's been the case for the last decade. For example another site points spammy links at your site making it look like you're using techniques that go against search guidelines. The best counter is already having a lot of links that work within the guidelines, making the spammy ones a small percentage of your overall links. I'm sure Google won't count the bad links, but it's unlikely they're going to penalize you if they make up a small percentage of links.

    On the other hand if your site hasn't earned good links a few bad links will make it appear like you're spamming and the odds in increase that it will hurt you.

    My point being focus on doing the right things and the negative seo another company might engage in will be less effective.
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    How are they taking down other webmasters' websites? it is just simply a matter of competition where those that invest his time, effort and energy into SEO promotions properly surely will get his website ranked higher in SERP rankings than others for the same or similar niche keywords. Nobody has any right to bring other sites down, it is just a matter fo competition and finally who wins!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cheta View Post
    How are they taking down other webmasters' websites?
    Depends who the "they" is your talking about. Other websites ranking higher than yours isn't about them physically getting your site taken down, they're just beating you.

    Quote Originally Posted by cheta View Post
    it is just simply a matter of competition where those that invest his time, effort and energy into SEO promotions properly surely will get his website ranked higher in SERP rankings than others for the same or similar niche keywords.
    No. There are no guarantees. There are over 1.6 billion websites online, and it grows by about 140k new sites every day. Everyone can't be #1 or on the first page.
    Yes, you have to put in the time to learn what you're doing and execute it consistently, but that is no guarantee that just because you put in the time that you'll beat the thousands of other people trying to beat you.

    It's not just about putting in the work, you also have to be right, and good at it.

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    Nobody has any right to bring other sites down, it is just a matter fo competition and finally who wins!!!
    Actually that's not true. There are plenty of ways that other people can physically take down your site. Your host could deactivate it for violating their terms of service. Google could delist or put you in the sandbox for violating theirs. ICANN can revoke your domain registration for violating thiers or any number of laws. Local, National or International Law enforcement can shut it down for breaking the law.

    Who wins? The people who are the best. Just like everything else in life.

    The article that started this thread is about black hat techniques and website hacks. Yes you're right, no one has a right to do that, but this is the real world and it's the WORLD wide web. It's almost impossible to control or govern something that doesn't technically fall under any jurisdiction and is open to anyone in the world.
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    I wouldn't say Blackhat techniques are completely dead...some of the classic blackhat methods are, but a lot of people have just invented new ways to getting their website traffic. There's always a new trick out there that someone figures out, I hear about it pretty often on other forums actually.

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