The Debate of Negative SEO Sparks Up Over Again

Posted by Sanket Patel

April 24, 2012

SEO 8 min read

As we all know that the topic of negative SEO is not new and you can also say that it is the process of reducing your competitor’s ranking to help boost your own ranking. For some reason, it is highly debated in SEO circles.

1.      Behind hurting someone’s income the major principle is livelihood by the garbage the site in Google.

2.      What do you think, Does negative SEO really works and can someone prove it does work?

3.      If it does work then why don’t Google prevent it from working?

Recently with the announcement of Google, this has also sparked up again on sending out unnatural link warnings and the over-optimization filter. At, this gets interesting in that forum thread and went after a well-known SEO named Dan Thies to prove negative SEO can work.

He also congratulated Google’s cuts for mass penalizing the blog networks and it also upset some people so they wanted to make an example out of him. Dan also said that it has nothing to do with these negative SEO efforts and Dan’s ranking probably have dropped. SEOMoz’s Rand Fishkin is so confident that negative SEO can’t work and he also offered up his website as sacrificial lambs for anyone who wants to prove him otherwise.

He also said:

I’d like to offer up Moz or my personal website, as targets for these efforts. I think it would be fascinating and revealing if external link manipulation could hurt either one.

The core issue, as Aaron Wall explains is not negative SEO, it is SEOs going after SEOs. There is little unity in the SEO space and that is a huge shame. Although I personally do not think it should be the SEO community versus Google, that was how it was back in the day. It wasn’t SEO vs SEO, which is how it is today. I personally think this attitude was created when Google introduced the nofollow attribute back in 2005. I am too tired to explain why because that is it’s own blog post and maybe I’ll do it another day. FYI, I did elaborate more in my video blog post.

At, it is a much interesting debate that is being discussed, HighRankings Forums and SEOBook.


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