Google Banning Ads for PageRank Selling Schemes

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On a blog post discussing why Google does not like irrelevant Sponsored Blog Posts that pass link juice, Matt Cutts left a little tidbit of information in a comment stating that the Google Spam team and the AdWords team have gotten together to ban AdWords advetisements for sites or networks that sell links for PageRank.

This does not mean that Google is banning all link selling advertisers, just the ones that openly promote that their services influence Google rankings by selling links based on Google PageRank.

Interesting enough, this morning I’m seeing no AdWords ads for search terms like “buy links” but for “link advertising” ads are still there. This could be a fluke however, since according to Matt’s post Google AdWords is working on banning the ads for PageRank oriented terms.

One difference is also that a user who searches for ‘buy links’ may have the intent to buy PageRank passing links while “link advertising’ is more of a marketing oriented term, and also geared for networks such as AdBrite and Google AdSense.

What’s even more odd is that I’m not seeing any ads for “link building” right now, which is a practiced and organic part of the SEO process.

Matt’s comment on the issue:

I recently chatted with AdWords policy folks, and the AdWords folks have disabled ads for many queries such as “pagerank 8? that would have shown ads before. I expect that we’ll probably disable ads for more “buy PageRank”-type queries as well.

There are also some other posts done by Matt & Google, especially looking at paid reviews. I’ll be covering these in an upcoming post on SEJ.

Loren Baker
Loren Baker is the Founder of SEJ, an Advisor at Alpha Brand Media and runs Foundation Digital, a digital marketing strategy & development agency.
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  • Search◊ Engines Web

    Google can not be really sincere about cleansing the organic SERPs when they still sell up to 3 Sponsor Links above the Organic listing.

    There is absolutely no ethical justification is continuing this practice when you are penalizing thousands of what you see as unethical practices.

    As longs as the Sponsor links remain above the natural results, it will be a clear indication that they themselves care more about money than honesty.

    We are taking about an enormously rich company – so this extra revenue will not make or break them… .it is simply greed

  • Passenger 57

    PageRank is Trademark of Google so they have right to forbid using their trademark in advertising.

    but I see there are deeper problems then (TM)

  • Jeremy

    Someone asked to advertise on my site should I be cautious and use rel=nofollow? I’ve heard google can put down pagerank if people do this.