Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Warning From Google: Selling Links That Pass PageRank Could Lead to Penalty

Google warned webmasters / blogger again, selling links (to get money) that pass PageRank can be penalized, seriously.

Google claimed in a recent post that "Please be wary if someone approaches you and wants to pay you for links or "advertorial" pages on your site that pass PageRank. Selling links (or entire advertorial pages with embedded links) that pass PageRank violates our quality guidelines, and Google does take action on such violations."

What can be happening as a result of  penalty?

Linkselling site start with losing trust in Google's search results, and then may get:

  • lower PageRank in the Google Toolbar
  • lower rankings
  • in an extreme case, removal from Google's search results
Google will remind webmasters/ bloggers via Webmaster Tools

Google said, If you receive a warning for selling links that pass PageRank in Google's Webmaster Tools, you'll see a notification message to look for "possibly artificial or unnatural links on your site pointing to other sites that could be intended to manipulate PageRank." That's an indication that your site has lost trust in Google's index.

How to fix the problem, if you want 

To address the issue, make sure that any paid links on your site don't pass PageRank. You can remove any paid links or advertorial pages, or make sure that any paid hyperlinks have the rel="nofollow" attribute.

After ensuring that no paid links on your site pass PageRank, you can submit a reconsideration request and if you had a manual webspam action on your site, someone at Google will review the request. After the request has been reviewed, you'll get a notification back about whether the reconsideration request was granted or not.

Google is serious about link selling. Hope you take it seriously.


  1. That might hurt a lot of people if Google really cracks down on this, but I personally think that most of the larger companies that rely on large scale SEO will get hurt the most. They typically employ large 'paid link' campaigns since manually or naturally building links would be almost impossible on a huge scale. Companies that target international searchers that have thousands or millions of keywords would be crazy for any SEO company to fulfill naturally or manually.

  2. wow great articles to read here. Now I knew why my pagerank 3 turned to zero PR:(