SEO Sabotage

by Gary on January 9, 2008 · 8 comments

in SEO

I have read that it may be possible to sabotage a competitor site by creating numerous links from clearly spam sites to competitor sites. I have never seen evidence of this until today.
I was picking over the latest stats for one of my clients when I noticed that the top referrals from external sites all looked like this:

facsimile-prints.com/map.html

There are probably 20-30 such sites linking and all with the same spam content.
Clearly someone is trying to sabotage my clients traffic/business, but to date we have not seen any reduction in SERP positions or traffic, so hopefully Google et al will see through this ploy.

Also whilst looking through the referrer sites I came across a link from keywordspy in this format:

keywordspy.com/index.php?q=client-domain.com

So I guess that not only are they going to try spam tactics they might also try and legitimately target my keywords. If so, interesting times ahead.

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  • WTL

    If that is true, that is *really* underhanded, and deserves orbital bombardment with week old jello.

  • JIMER

    seems that’s happened to my site last year…suddenly my PR gradually goes down…what could be the prevention next time it happeneds?

    • Gary

      Buying or selling paid links can lead to this – Is that something your site has been involved in?

  • fields

    yeah looks like keyword spy always comes from the same ip address so with ip delivery you can ..

    I have the same issue with them trying to figure out whats up with my websites..

  • Keira

    That was awful your trying your best for your site and then suddenly they will do nasty things to your work.. what will be the solution in case it will occurred?

  • james

    this is true that the competitors generally spy your keywords , but spamming the competitors site does not help to achieve higher in SERP.

  • Brian

    What can be done if someone does sabotage your site for their gain? I’ve got a feeling this is happening to my site.

  • Dee

    We tried pay per click, the first day it was fantastic, then the next, although we had the clicks, we had no sales. Someone is definately sabataging our site. They have set up software to automatically click you from different IPs so you cannot trace them. There must be something we can do to stop this.
    Dee