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Google: Do Not Even Ask For Links!

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It is smart of Google to put this sort of stuff out there. It causes confusion and there are plenty of people that will take them at their word. Of course, they will also be completely dumbfounded as to why their site is not ranking 6 months down the road too.

 

Jul 8, 2015 • 7:42 am | icon_comment.png (0)by Barry Schwartz icon_t3.png google-plus-15.png | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

 

The other day Aaron Wall posted on Twitter a link to a new blog post on the Google Portuguese webmaster blog about unnatural links.

 

The post was written by Google's Diogo Botelho and he said that it is unnatural to even ask for links to your web site. The translated text reads:

 

Finally, let some simple advice to ensure that you are not violating Google's guidelines: do not buy, sell, exchange or ask for links. If you follow this advice, the vast majority of links that Google considers problematic not come to be created.

Google bolded that part.

 

 

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At first I thought it was an issue with translation but I am being told by native Portuguese speakers that there is no issue with translation. Google is saying, do not ask for links and it is that simple. So Jennifer Slegg covered it right.

 

The truth is, it is not too far fetched from what Google has said in the past. John Mueller said that you should avoid link building in general. Which is another way of saying, do not ask for links.

 

Is it against Google's guidelines for me to say, "you should link to my site." I doubt it but it may come off as unnatural to Google these days.

 

That line of what is a natural link versus what is an unnatural link keeps creeping and creeping over that line.

Forum discussion at Twitter.

 

 

https://www.seroundtable.com/google-do-not-ask-for-links-20561.html

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SEMrush

Those people are stupid.

 

If a person owns an offline business they'll buy business cards & hand them out as needed, links are the online equivalent of business cards (self promotion).

 

Even If you forget Google exist, sensible link building should be done to drive traffic back to a website.

 

This just makes me want to increase link building.

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im a noob still but heres my understanding of what googles preference:

any links to your site are unsolicited.

if you want traffic you have content people want to link to, or you buy ads (from google)

anything else would be frowned upon at different degrees depending on your method of obtaining links.

is this accurate?

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im a noob still but heres my understanding of what googles preference:

any links to your site are unsolicited.

if you want traffic you have content people want to link to, or you buy ads (from google)

anything else would be frowned upon at different degrees depending on your method of obtaining links.

is this accurate?

 

As far as Google is concerned, in an ideal world nobody would ever build a link to their own site. They would link to other sites they find useful with a pretty good description of why they found it useful. 

 

At the same time that they tell people not to build links they reward a local business with better rankings by being in local directories like Yelp, Manta, BOTW, etc. If you just opened a new business, are you going to wait around and hope that someone else puts your business in those sites or in the case of sites like Yelp and Manta that they happen to enter your site on their own? No thanks.

 

If you setup a Google+ page is there not a specific area to put in your website?

 

It's a lot of doubletalk.

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I had a feeling Google might release a statement about this. Apparently they got back to Barry with a little bit more clarification.

 

What they meant to say is "Do not ask for links that may violate our guidelines."

 

From SearchEngine Land:

 

Now they are retracting that statement somewhat. They emailed me that they've since updated the blog post to change that line to read "not buy, sell or ask for links that may violate our linking webmaster guidelines."

 

 

https://www.seroundtable.com/google-ask-links-updated-20567.html

 

That is more in line with their previous stances.

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The mother of all battles to rank in google takes place in industries in which nobody accepts republish an article to provide a link . Gambling, loans, dating, porn, loans, etc.

Google knows this and knows that all links are bought, exchanged, or requested.

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