Category Archives: SEO Crap

T-Mobile Outed As A Link Buyer On Twitter

And who did the outing?  T-Mobile did it to themselves (along with the company they’re buying links from).  This story (and the screen grab) are credited to Barry over at although amazingly as of 6:35AM MST, the entire conversation is still up on Twitter.


Aside from the complete stupidity of having this conversation where the entire world can see it, the real question is how long it will take for Matt “El Kabong” Cutts and Google to take action on T-Mobile (the alleged buyer) and (the alleged seller).

The reality is that we all know that large brands buy links.  The fact that this was discussed by the buyer and seller in public on Twitter is shockingly stupid.  Perhaps the only thing more shocking is that this discussion has been up for the most part since March 7th and it took this long for it to be found.  iAcquire, the broker mentioned in the article was outed a couple years ago as a link seller and banned by Google.

Kudos to Barry and SERoundtable for breaking this.

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The Matt Cutts Flowchart

Gotta love the folks at Search Engine Land.  If you’re in the biz, you’ll get a chuckle out of this.  If you’re not, well, it’ll be a bit of a head scratcher I suppose.


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Matt Cutts Says Google SERPs Would Suck Without Backlink Data

Well, it seems that Matt Cutts came out and said exactly what we have known for some time: Getting rid of backlink data would be bad for Google’s search results:

“We played around with the idea of turning off backlink relevance and at least for now backlinks relevance still really helps in terms of making sure that we turn the best, most relevant, most topical set of search results.”

So there it is kids. Keep getting those backlinks. Just don’t do any of the following:

  • Embed links in comments
  • Embed links in press releases
  • Embed links in guest blog posts
  • Embed links in widgets
  • Embed links in footers
  • Embed links in blogrolls
  • Embed links in syndicated content
  • Embed links in infographics
  • Embed links in forum posts
  • Trade/exchange links
  • Offer remuneration (cash, product or hugs) for links
  • Overtly ask for links in any way
  • Take part in any sort of linkbuilding activity

Damn this SEO stuff is easy.

Posted in SEO Crap.