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Google Again Disavows Negative SEO

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Google Again Disavows Negative SEO

Google has once again disavowed that negative SEO is an issue for SEOs, publishers, site owners or Google Search. Google has been telling the world not to worry about negative SEO and that if you are worried, feel free to use the disavow toolnot that it was designed for that purpose.

We’ve seen negative SEO extortion emails and mob-like threats requiring you to pay to remove those links and even companies hold clients hostage with these threats. Negative SEO has been a thing for ages and scammers and the like have been using it for years. Matt Cutts back in 2013 even addressed the issue and it has been ongoing since then. Google has been saying to not pay their threats any attention for years. If you are really concerned, when it comes to links, just disavow them. But overall, Google has said negative SEO is a waste of time – so don’t let it worry you.

In any event, John Mueller of Google disavowed these notions again, doubling down on Reddit when someone questions that Google themselves has said not to worry about negative SEO.

The person wrote on Reddit “Google realizes stuff like this and normally disavows them.” Someone then questioned it saying “How? Also can you point me in the direction of Google having stated this? I haven’t been able to find anything on it.” Then John Mueller himself replied saying “It’s true.”

Many many SEOs do not believe it but Google has been saying this for over a decade now.

There also may be confusion on what is considered negative SEO and not:

Forum discussion at Reddit.

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Google Local SAB Search Ranking Bug Fix Rolling Out

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Google Local SAB Search Ranking Bug Fix Rolling Out

A couple of weeks ago we reported on a possible Google local search ranking update that turned out to not be an update but rather a bug. Well, that bug seems to be fixed or being fixed now and rankings are beginning to return for these local service area businesses.

The bug seemed to start being fixed on Friday, September 23rd, in the afternoon.

Local SEO, Jason Brown wrote in the Local Search Forum “Good news, one of my clients got their rankings back. They are back in the map pack, but not in the same number one spot as before.” He also said later “My other client is back ranking again too. Looks like the fix is being rolled out now.”

He shared this chart showing how all the rankings returned:

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Joy Hawkins also posted about it on Twitter:

So hopefully this is now fully resolved – at least this specific bug? It may have been related to the Kansas Google local bug.

Forum discussion at Local Search Forums.

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Note: This was pre-written and scheduled to be posted today, I am currently offline for Rosh Hashanah.



Source: www.seroundtable.com

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