Read my lips. Google doesn’t like when you try to manipulate them. Especially when you flaunt it in public.
John has been doing wrong in Google’s eyes, and the backlash is just starting to come about from the Google Gods. I don’t guess this… I know this. I’m not making this up. I’ve talked to people at high levels at Google. Listen to me… or don’t.
DO NOT TRY TO MANIPULATE GOOGLE. DO NOT SELL LINKS FOR PR. DO NOT DO ANYTHING EXCEPT WRITE HIGH-QUALITY, HELPFUL ORIGINAL CONTENT.
Anything else you do against that mission statement is a mistake, and your site/blog will falter long-term once they catch on to you, and they will catch on, sooner than you think. A massive clean-up is underway, and the crackdowns are beginning to come fast and furious.
From John’s post today…
I can only assume the changes are designed to discount all the waves of review for linkback, technorati trains, alexa trains, etc.
Don’t assume. It’s 100% true. Read above.
With the algorithm change, Iâ€™ve decided to put a stop to my review for linkback promotion. All reviews received to date will be posted, but I will no longer accept new reviews. I may bring the promotion back at a later date with some changes. However, Iâ€™m going to take a wait and see for now.
Why stop now? Why not keep selling (insert sarcasm here) highly relevant links on your blog like you do about “Free male enhancement” and “Creditcheck”.
Don’t you get it? Google does not like that you are selling links to not relevant sites, and you are/am being punished for it. This has always been my problem with John Chow. I have nothing, nada, zip against him. I’m sure he’s a great person. I simply question his tactics and more specifically, his preaching of the absolutely wrong long-term “tips and tricks” to aspiring Internet marketers and bloggers.
His approach is wrong. Period. Long-term, and now shorter-term, you will fail using his approach.
Listen to me. Stop trying to “game” Google. Stop trying to make money off of passing page rank and non-related content. Just stop.
Start writing good content. Start solving problems. Start thinking about how to help a Google user.
Or do what John does. I’ve said my peace.