Stop Spamming Us With Free Viagra Links

viagra pictureI received an email a few minutes ago stating, "I saw that you’ve got a good ranking on keywords like “free viagra” and I would like to know if you would be interested in working with online casinos."

I had to read that line twice. We rank well in Google for "free viagra"? Really?

We do! I conducted a search and noticed we are on the 3rd page for that term. But why?

So I dug into my Google Webmaster Tools, links to my site, anchor text report and noticed the 60th most popular anchor text phrase used to link to the rustybrick.com home page was "free viagra tablets." I am not kidding.

So who is linking to me with "free viagra tablets"?

A search for [rustybrick.com viagra] helped me pinpoint a few sites linking to me with that anchor text. I won't link to them, but here is a picture of some:

Viagra Spam

It seems like bad comment spam left by someone attempting to hurt our site in Google and other search engines. A weak attempt in my opinion. Why would we care to rank for free viagra? Seriously?

I assume some SEO I know is trying to prove a point. To prove links can hurt you or get you banned in Google. Do you think he will succeed?

Bigger question is, how can I monetize this now? Just kidding.

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I'm sure your ranking will go up now...

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javascript pop-up beased un referral? ;-)

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Wiep, Ralph and I did that with Matt's blog years ago. So you suffer from copycats. Anyway, just in case you want to monetize it, I could improve your ranking. ;-)

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Yeah, kinda weak. If they are mad at you, why not rank you for 'bad web design' or something like that. Viagra? That's just dumb.

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My site is also ranking for "cod tramadol" due to incoming links. I'm not pleased.

posted by Melanie Nathan on: Nov 30, 2010 06:36pm

This proves that even low quality spam links can still help you rank for competitive terms. #sadbuttrue

posted by Nedim Sabic on: Nov 30, 2010 09:31pm

Now he has a landing page to link to with a quiet good URL, so Google may asume you really want to rank for that term. So in the end, it might really hurt you, if you don't delete this post.

posted by Olav on: Dec 2, 2010 02:29am

You're ranking #9 for "free viagra" here in Norway now. But you kind of asked for it with this funny post, hehe.

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Don't worry about being stuck on page 3, I see you at #7 on page 2 now. A few more links and you'll be banking hard. /sarcasm

posted by Ashish on: Feb 9, 2011 12:07pm

If links from sites like those could matter and give your site a ranking, diversifying and placing ads on some of the linked properties won't be a big deal Barry. I think it proves something up and above "Links can hurt", it is "Authority can hurt". An authoritative site like yours can rank well with sparse and not so high quality link but with semantics in place. My site won't rank there even if someone links to me with that anchor from those sites.

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posted by Philip Gamble on: Dec 1, 2010 08:27pm

For some time now some of the most common anchor text phrases linking to a site of mine have had absolutely nothing to do with the site at all (they are pornographic). The links all come from on-forum spam with most of the posts containing many similar links pointing to other forums (the pages they link to on my site appear to all be blog posts about forums). I don't imagine it was done to hurt my site but can't work out how anyone is benefiting from this unless they perhaps slipped one link they were trying to promote in amongst the links to 'innocent' sites.