Recently I've been keeping tabs on my competitors and have noticed strange, unethical activity from one in particular. The first thing that caught my eye was clear, blatant keyword stuffing. I checked out the site to get a better idea.
The keyword was repeated in this site's description more than four times in a matter of two sentences. This trend continued throughout the site.
Look at that! Now, I won't go into page-by-page analysis of the website, but I will say that it's unethical SEO efforts are quite disturbing, and this is just one such example. I can only hope that Google will review my report and take the appropriate action. It hurts to know that I am doing everything by the book, and people engaging in these sorts of tactics are ranking highly.
For other keywords and niches I have seen a lot of blackhat SEO going on as well. I'm just hoping that by doing everything right, and by reporting these attempts at ranking manipulation, my sites can climb the ladder.
So - have you ever filed a spam report with Google?
Do you monitor your competition?
Do you engage in unethical SEO?
Last edited by Kovich; 21 March, 2012 at 00:53 AM.
Habaku (7 March, 2010)
There are still a lot of people who actually believe that techniques like keyword stuffing, hidden keywords, doorway pages, stolen content, autoblogs, etc., actually work. Sometimes they work for a few months, but eventually the site gets caught and penalized.
Over the years I have also noticed that my SEO competitors who tout the use of only "ethical SEO" practices on their web sites are the ones who are most likely to engage in dubious and unethical practices.
You are much better off focusing on improving your sites, rather than trying to knock competitors out of the box. The first works. The second only rarely works.
"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." -- Benjamin Franklin
I'm interested in knowing how you would reach a conclusion like that.with them it could possibly make you look bad in Google's eyes
How would reporting spam to Google make you look bad?
But taking some time here and there to check out your competition can help you in the long run. Let's consider the fact that you can see where their backlinks are from, and get some from there as well. You can see legitimate tricks that they are using that you didn't know about before. You can potentially find advertisers by contacting those already advertising on a competitor's site. Etc.I would rather spend the time focusing on my own site trying to push it up the ranks then spend time worrying about someone else's site
I agree. I only asked the question because I know that some people do - and I was curious if anyone would tell us, and explain why.No I don't and I don't think I will anytime soon as I don't think it is worth getting your site hated by google.
I agree that keyword stuffing is pretty trivial, but that was just the first thing that caught my eye, which lead to me giving a deeper look into their site. Obviously, keyword stuffing alone is nothing to get worked up about - though I am certain it will get you penalized eventually.I would not do it for something as trivial as keywords stuffing.
I agree, and that's what I do as well. By doing the right thing, you'll eventually come out on top.It's always a fine line, but what I tell people is to focus on making a great site that people love.
I wouldn't care if my competition used keyword stuffing - it will be automatically penalized, end of story. That's not blackhat, that's simply being dumb, and not recognizing the year 2010
dmi (8 March, 2010)
Yes, this is true bogart.
Wikipedia says: "Keyword stuffing is considered to be an unethical search engine optimization (SEO) technique. Keyword stuffing occurs when a web page is loaded with keywords in the meta tags or in content. The repetition of words in meta tags may explain why many search engines no longer use these tags."