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    Can inbound links really hurt you?

    If during my years of link building i happened to have established links on "bad URLs" will this have an adverse effect on my site?

    I have just changed my signature to include a couple of friends sites but I'm conscious that 300 links have just appeared on the WPW forum. Will this have an adverse effect? I cant see how this can possibly be the case as my competitors could cause me serious damage by such methods?

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    Re: Can inbound links really hurt you?

    In my opinion no. If that was the then the web would be a huge mess, think about all the big companies who have thousands and thousands of spam links everywhere just because there brand is known. This would also make SEO a case of damaging your competitors rather than outranking them naturally. Google knows that you can't control 100% who links to your site and unless they see that your buying links or consider yourself to be spamming then they won't punish you for it.

    That amount of links won't even appear on there radar.

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    Re: Can inbound links really hurt you?

    Quote Originally Posted by dave9713 View Post
    In my opinion no. If that was the then the web would be a huge mess, think about all the big companies who have thousands and thousands of spam links everywhere just because there brand is known. This would also make SEO a case of damaging your competitors rather than outranking them naturally. Google knows that you can't control 100% who links to your site and unless they see that your buying links or consider yourself to be spamming then they won't punish you for it.

    That amount of links won't even appear on there radar.

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    I agree Dave.

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    Re: Can inbound links really hurt you?

    Quote Originally Posted by inertia View Post
    Can inbound links really hurt you?
    If it can really hurt you it would be to easy for an competitor to destroy your site. In my view, a sensible programmed SeBOT should only give non negative weight to IBL's. That means that a link can carry zero weight as a lower limit.
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    Re: Can inbound links really hurt you?

    Can IBL's hurt you? The short answer is yes. I've see it happen first hand. This is why it's important to build and establish a solid link profile from the very beginning. Don't look at the individual links and don't worry about them. Remember, it's the effect of the aggregate.

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    Re: Can inbound links really hurt you?

    Quote Originally Posted by crankydave View Post
    Can IBL's hurt you? The short answer is yes.
    1. On which SE?
    2. Are you sure that you have isolated the effect?
    3. Then, how easy would it be to destroy a site?
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    Re: Can inbound links really hurt you?

    Quote Originally Posted by kgun View Post
    1. On which SE?
    2. Are you sure that you have isolated the effect?
    3. Then, how easy would it be to destroy a site?
    1. Google
    2. Yes. Repeated it several times.
    3. People get paid, quite well, to do that very thing.


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    Re: Can inbound links really hurt you?

    As usual I am sceptical, but I have noted that you have changed your signature

    But I would like to see that the deletion of one IBL can improve your ranking. It is extremely difficult to isolate one of about 200 ranking factors.

    Still very sceptical ...
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    Re: Can inbound links really hurt you?

    Quote Originally Posted by kgun View Post
    As usual I am sceptical, but I have noted that you have changed your signature
    I don't believe I've changed my signature for a very long time. I could be mistaken. But on occasion, I do change it for a variety of reasons.

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    Re: Can inbound links really hurt you?

    No, you have recently changed your signature here or at the T.I.P forum. The link was to an article about Google, that I would not have had in my signature. But deleting that link should not improve your ranking unless Google is a "little evil" as most of us are.
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