Negative SEO

What is negative SEO ? Is there a such thing exists ?

Yes. There is. As a fact, there are quite a few techniques that exist to discredit or debase a website and its rank. We will discuss briefly about each in this post. These are not only advanced tech topics but also unethical.

We highly recommend not using these against other websites.

Bad / Low Quality Backlinks

This technique is growingly popular. There are some websites with a sole purpose of being bad at content, structure and links. When they link your website with theirs (anchor tag with follow links), they will act as bad influence on your website. Search engines will start to rank you lower with a growing links like these. If not acted in time, your site will be sandboxed. Sandboxing is a term coined for websites that are not in search results but appears when exact name is typed. This should not be confused with de-index which we will go over in malware ridden sites

Broken backlinks

Tools like Google's Search Console and SEMRush will give you enough data about backlinks. Check in every week at least to track who is linking to your website. When a backlink website cease to exist, they become a broken backlink. Overcome this issue by posting new content more frequently or by redesigning your website. This will increase the search engine crawl rate and by which the broken links are removed much faster.

Robot.txt

This type of technique is employed by a person who is vengeful. A simple one line of code will make your site disappear in search results. For this technique to work, they need access to your site or they had access to your site previously. Have your web admin double check the Robot.txt file before launching the website and bolster the site security to restrict any backdoors

Duplicate content

When your original content is replicated in bunch of websites, you loose credibility online to a point where you wont rank anymore. Either contact those websites or double your SEO efforts to overcome this issue. A quality website's content is almost always ranked since its deemed as original content.

DDOS

DDOS is a employed by hackers to take a site down. Why they do it? Vengeance? Practice? Would be hacker? Fun? . The reasons are almost endless. Websites are also ranked based on their uptime (a term describes a website availability in percentage).

If your site goes down for a day, its a scar.. two days, its a wound... a week, its a death sentence.

There are online tools such as SEMRush, Pingdom etc that check the availability of website constantly and notify you if its down.

Negative Reviews

This is hard to tackle but the damage can be minimized. Ever heard of the phrase

"Cant win every time"

or

"Cant make everybody happy"

Well, when you get a bad review, always respond to it in a calm and professional fashion. More over, if you think the review is hateful, you can always flag the review and contact Google / Yelp / Facebook for its removal.

Malware

Malware is nothing but a software code that runs on the host machine to do things that are unethical. For this type of technique to work, the person should have access to your site. Weakly secured hosts are susceptible for there type of hacks. Always host your website with a well reputed hosting company. We've discussed this topic in detail here

Self inflicted

SEO Companies are prone to this. Search engines are getting smarter day by day. If a site is over optimized or designed for a search engine, it will stop performing.

"Design the site for user. Not for search engines".

There is a sweet point where the optimization should stop.

 

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