Discussion in 'SEO Search Engine Optimisation' started by julian, Nov 12, 2013.
or just unethical..
Company-A pays Neg-Seo Corp. to take down their main competitor.
It's an interesting question I don't know the answer to.
I should also point out I've never seen a successful "negative seo attack"
But I guess the question is still valid even if someone attempts it and fails.
It depends what you mean by "Negative SEO".
We have a client that wants a website "removing" from the index for their main brand keyword.
This website is not a competitor site in any way and they are willing to pay a lot for it too happen.
This is still negative SEO yet we will accomplish the task using a "moral" method.
Without spamming said site with a billion back-links.
Was that a negative review they wanted off the first page?
I wouldn't call that negative SEO really if you just created social media profiles etc to rank on the first page to push it off.
I'm sure it could be prosecuted as fraud, as it causes loss (financial), if the person responsible has done it for that reason
Fraud by false representation (Section 2)
made a false representation
knowing that the representation was or might be untrue or misleading
with intent to make a gain for himself or another, to cause loss to another or to expose another to risk of loss.
The offence is entirely focused on the conduct of the defendant.
An entire site.
The keyword is way too large for Social Media profiles, this has been tried before, but you have the idea.
Why not? The industry (Google) has made it totally acceptable to nuke someone out using an (anonymous) spam attack.
Building a quality site with quality backlinks doesn't seems to work these days... A crap site with crap backlinks and spamming all your competitors does..
Don't be evil? Fuck that.
I am waiting on the day where Google starts introducing their Gold/Silver/Bronze packages... Gold: You pay 10k a month and you will be right under the Adwords ads...Silver 5K a month: You will be on page one, somewhere between position 5-10 and Bronze 1k a month : You will be somewhere on page two..
I'll take the Gold package please for 'pay day loans' !
Negative seo against a competitor wouldn’t necessarily effect them, wouldn’t guarantee yours site higher listing , you bigger profits or even you taking there place money down the drain like most seo ? Companies do offer the service but think there more full of bull than most seo firms if thats actually possible ? If you deliberately want to attempt to take out a competitor there are far more effective untraceable ways :evil:
Negative SEO (Getting a site penalised) is easily possible on the vast majority of sites. Yes, some mid to top range sites are realistically immune to the normal feeble attempts at negative SEO, but if anyone believes that its difficult or hard for the sites that most of us are involved in, not only are they deluding themselves, but they are also leaving themselves open. We have carried out some test and have dropped our own sites very easily and this was 15 months ago so much easier to do these days. We are continually asked or hinted at requests by a few of our clients and the answer is always the same. No.
Morally, it is completely wrong and in the same league, imho, as vandalising assets of a rival company. Might not be as black or white legally, but the same 'low life' type of action and mentality. Google allowing this to happen, as much as I agree that its a massive blotch on their reputation, is NOT an excuse to go and purposely damage someone's website the same way that your competitor getting that big contract you were after is not an excuse to burn their offices down. Its a ridicules claim to make.
Is it illegal? I would say that you are purposely harming an asset of a company so therefore yes, I presume it is Illegal. Would be interesting in finding out from a legal professional though.
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