Who’s afraid of the Big, Bad Google?

By now everyone in the SEO and internet marketing/paid blogging world would know of Matt Cutts’ post regarding how to report paid links to Google. To be honest I think is a really dumb idea anyway. I wonder how are you going to tell which links are paid and which are not?

Every day thousands of webmasters and web directory owners deal with link buying and selling via Digital Point, V7N and various other webmaster forums for SEO and backlinks purposes. I should know, because I am among those who sell links…usually for $10 – $20 per link per year.

Of course everyone on DP is debating the merits of Google’s latest announcement but really, I don’t think anyone should be worried. As Simplified SEC pointed out in a blog post:

…there is no way the big G is going to be able to filter these purchased links from the serps without causing a lot of collateral damage to perfectly honest sites. I think they realize this and have decided to spread some misinformation in hopes of scaring webmasters away from those link sales.

Think about it from Google’s standpoint. Matt Cutts blog is read by tens of thousands of webmasters. His word is absorbed by people as if it has been handed down by god himself. What better way to start wide spread panic than to use him as the point of origin? Everywhere you look on Digitalpoint and other reputable webmaster forums you see countless posts with webmasters in a panic like the sky is falling. All of this and Google hasn’t even done anything yet.

Penalising paid links? Yeah, right. Scare tactic? You bet. So who is afraid of the big, bad Google?


  1. i don’t know – should i be?

    the only real danger i see in me if google starts penalising paid links is that i will have less people paying me to review them…that means, lost of side income, and that’s just plain crap……

  2. here are the 2 pics.
    just edit whichever one of them you want .
    if they could say things like:
    team jacob, or “who’s afraid of the big bad wolf?”

    please be nice πŸ™‚ /!!!!!

    1. http://images1.fanpop.com/images/photos/

    2. http://images2.fanpop.com/images/photos/

    p.s, my photo bucket is all messed up, so i just got them off google.
    but you can send them back to me with photo bucket, or whatever πŸ˜€

    thank you !!! πŸ™‚
    sorry guys.. ill fix that,
    sorry everyone……alli know what to do is:
    1. go to google.ca
    2. type in: Sam, Embry, and Jacob

    its the first picture, and the picture that is the second collumn from the right at the bottom.

    im really really really sorrry !!
    thanks for those of you who actually do this πŸ˜€

  3. Please help me how to solve this problem. I find that when using Google with many users in an office, google blocks us. I can’t use Google search anything now. Does anyone know how to fix this problem?

  4. My Google toolbar disappeared and I have to download it evertime I go online. My Yahoo toolbar always opens so I would like to import my bookmarks into Yahoo favorites. I have tried all the tips on the Google help area to make the toolbar reappear and none of them work. I am using Comcast Cable as my internet provider if that makes a difference.

  5. I recently tried googling my full name and I saw my picture.
    It was a photo I posted on facebook.
    I want to remove this photof rom google.. How do i do that?
    By the way, i removed the picture from facebook, but it still apears in google images..
    And why out of all the pictures of my on facebook, google chose that particular one to have in their image results?

  6. Please, I really need help to get back to normal google. I want to get rid of google chrome immediately! I don’t want to just change my homepage back to google but the whole internet as well. Thanks!

  7. I went to a website on the net to purchase a few products, and there was a google checkout option. I clicked and made the purchase. How does google know that it was from site A from site B?

  8. Hi, i’m planning on using an HTC Aria/Wildfire on a plan that includes only 50MB of data a month (3g). All I really use 3g for is Facebook, emails and google maps. Does anyone know if the GPS on google maps will put a spike in my data allowance?


  9. Just tell how Google got enough money to buy youtube and how the two owner became billionaires?

    Thanks for your help.

  10. I have created a youtube account and apparently before I make any comments, or send any messages I need to verify my google account. In order to verify my google account I must give them my phone number, which I don’t want to do. How can I bypass this?

  11. I have a list of 100 keywords in Google Adwords. I want to know if there is a program that I can use that will tell me what page in Google each of those 100 appears (or does not appear). So for example if I have keywords: dog, dog collar, and dog food, I want to know what pages in google they appear: ie pages 3, 15, and 99.


  12. I want to play the google doodle that was on yesterday as in the google guitar, but I can’t find it anywhere so can someone post a link for me to play it? Or if there isn’t one can someone post a link for something similar? Thanks πŸ™‚

  13. The blackout has forced a question: If Google, or another high-usage portion of the internet, were to change their policies to be more active in voicing their opinions about public matters in ways which you were either for or against, would they effectively have too much power over our democratic process?
    Google can do other things to protest besides shutting down, however.

  14. Please help me how to solve this problem. I find that when using Google with many users in an office, google blocks us. I can’t use Google search anything now. Does anyone know how to fix this problem?

  15. I used to love art when I was a kid, and I’m starting again now. (I’m going to be in high school this fall and I’m going to take an art class.)
    Does anybody who’s an artist have tips for me? Mistakes not to make, little things people don’t think of, and everything? πŸ™‚ Thanks!
    I have acrylic paints right now (cadmium red medium hue, cadmium yellow medium hue, cerulean blue hue, raw umber, yellow oxide, deep green permanent and titanium white) and a few different brushes, along with a palette and a palette knife.

  16. My entire life, my goal was to become a dentist (and by my whole life, I mean LITERALLY my whole life. I’ve wanted this since I was 3). I was accepted to dental school this past year, so I’ll be starting as a first year student in just a few weeks.
    I’ve always been a fantastic student who’s never received a grade lower than a B, and this is what I’ve been wanting for so long, but I’m having panic attacks now. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to handle the workload, I’m worried that I’ll be the worst one in the class, and this is my first time living away from home, so I won’t have my family to rely on for support.
    I’ve taken a lot of the courses at an undergraduate level (histology, biochemistry, physiology, etc.), so I have a pretty good understanding of some of the subjects we’ll be covering, but I’m afraid I relied mostly on short term memory for these courses.
    Any advice as to what I should do to make this transition easier and go in with a feeling of confidence?

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