How to get your website banned by Google

How to get your website banned by Google

Earlier this week we wrote the seven golden rules of SEO. These were rules that you should follow for a successful SEO campaign. What if you don’t want successful SEO though? What if you want to get your website banned by Google?

Why would you want to do this? It sure beats us, but yet many websites and SEO companies engage in practices that seem akin to walking up to Sergey Brin and Larry Paige and slapping them across the face while wearing a T-Shirt sporting your URL. It’s as if these websites and SEO ‘professionals’ wanted to be banned by Google.

So, as so many people clearly want a good banning, here are just five sure fire ways to get your website banned by Google.

1 – Hide text on your website

The old trick of hiding text on your website is a dead cert to get your website banned. Text can be hidden in a variety of different, sneaky ways. Black Hat SEO companies are always coming up with new ways to hide text on websites. Techniques include:

  • Making the text the same colour as the background
  • Hiding the text with divs and CSS
  • Positioning the text off the side of the screen with CSS
  • Hiding the text behind images

Each one of those techniques is Black Hat and will get you banned if your website faces a manual review.

2 – Buy cheap links from poor quality sources

Buying links is never a good idea as Google frowns upon it. However, buying low quality links from shady sources is a great way to get your website the old Spanish Archer from Google. If your SEO company buys hundreds of links on irrelevant Polish websites, watch out!

3 – Steal content from other websites

Duplicate content is the scourge of the Internet, as anyone can copy and paste from other sources. Google hates it, and so do users of the Internet when they’re searching for information. This is why Google filters out the duplicates. If you make your website a duplicate of content that exists elsewhere, don’t get too attached to your Google traffic.

4 – Use multiple domains

This is an old trick that has long since lost its effectiveness. Webmasters would buy up dozens of keyword related domains and have their websites accessible through them all as they believed this would help their SEO. Some webmasters however still do this, and it’s hurting their profits and their rankings.

5 – Use doorway pages that redirect to other pages

This is another great technique for getting your website kicked out of Google. If you create loads of keyword focussed pages on your website, just for Google, and then redirect them to the real pages of your website (or even another website altogether) when the user accesses them then you’re sure to find your stay in Google’s index a short one.

Good luck using these techniques, as your eventual goal of getting booted out of the Google index should be within your grasp very soon.

  • Interesting article, but Google is still a robot.

    It can not however detect a duplicate by copying the entire source of a page.

    Otherwise, many sites would disappear quickly

  • Actually re dup content: sometimes the stolen content – if the site it’s placed on has a higher authority than the original site – can place ahead of the original. Not fair…but not uncommon.

  • Anthony is quite right, not only can duplicate content cause a site to be filtered within Google, it can cause the original site to be filtered if the content has been stolen by a better optimised and more powerful website.

    Very harsh, but it happens.

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