Link Vault Banned From Google?
For all of you SEO link networking folks who are pushing the Google Webmaster Guidelines to the edge, there is some news coming in today that Link Vault, a major linking network, has been plucked from the Google index.
Barry Schwartz of SERoundtable says :
It appears that a major link network named Link Vault has been banned from Google. Conducting a search on www.link-vault.com brings up no results. Doing a site command brings up one result. Other data centers have the link-vault.com domain listed as well.
And this seems to be rubbing off on Link Vault customers (from Link Vault forums):
My situation now is that Google has de-indexed many of the pages I run link-vault from. Whether this is because:
a. Google is broken, as many webmasters believe.
b. Google is cracking down on unrelated footer links (according to Matt Cutts’ blog)
On can only wonder if this is an official ban by the Google Quality Team and if Digital Point Coop will soon follow suit.