How Not to Get Penalized by the Penguin 4.0 Real-Time Algorithm Filter

The long and eerie silence that hung in the air since Penguin’s last update has finally been broken. On 23rd September, Google dropped the bombshell and announced that Penguin is now part of Google’s core search engine ranking algorithm. And it has been well worth the 715-day wait! The two biggest changes in how the filter … Continue reading “How Not to Get Penalized by the Penguin 4.0 Real-Time Algorithm Filter”

How Link Building Got These Major Brands Penalized – Part 1

In our 2015 Google Algo Update infographic, we referred to 2011 to 2013 as “the penalty years,” when Google handed out penalties right, left and center. That stretched out into early 2014 too, when Matt Cutts announced the death of guest blogging. Here, we’ll look into how, during this period, some big names fell foul of … Continue reading “How Link Building Got These Major Brands Penalized – Part 1”

Penalty Recovery is Fun: A Quick Reversal of Manual Link Spam Action

There are penalty recovery case studies, and there are penalty recovery case studies. This is just another of them. One more website recovered from the annals of Google’s dumps, cleaned up and shined to face an as-yet uncertain but propitious future. What will differentiate this post is that it’s written entirely in hindsight. I don’t … Continue reading “Penalty Recovery is Fun: A Quick Reversal of Manual Link Spam Action”

Google Penalized Your Links? DON’T DISAVOW YOUR LINKS!

We’re often contacted by clients who are struggling after receiving a penalty from Google. The majority of these clients have been penalized for unnatural links in one way or another. Unfortunately, it seems that a large number of the webmasters who get in touch with us are still under the impression that they should use … Continue reading “Google Penalized Your Links? DON’T DISAVOW YOUR LINKS!”

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