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Matt Cutts: A Reminder About Selling Links That Pass PageRank

by Matt Cutts, Distinguished Engineer – published originally on GoogleWebmasterCentral

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Following the Interflora issue, Matt wrote an article on GWC about selling links that passes PageRank. Although, this may appear as a random post, many speculate that it is an indirect response to questions that arose regarding the InterFlora blogger outreach program and why they were slammed on search rankings.

Cutts Wrote:

Google has said for years that selling links that pass PageRank violates our quality guidelines. We continue to reiterate that guidance periodically to help remind site owners and webmasters of that policy.

Please be wary if someone approaches you and wants to pay you for links or “advertorial” pages on your site that pass PageRank. Selling links (or entire advertorial pages with embedded links) that pass PageRank violates our quality guidelines, and Google does take action on such violations. The consequences for a linkselling site start with losing trust in Google’s search results, as well as reduction of the site’s visible PageRank in the Google Toolbar. The consequences can also include lower rankings for that site in Google’s search results.

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