Maybe someone read yesterday this twitter message by Matt Cutts: „@sascha_p Would you mind if someone on the webspam team reached out to talk more about this? Okay to DM me your email address?“ But most of non german speaking Seos would not understand what this is about. I could tell you :-) … One week ago a german techBlogger (Sascha P) said, he had „explosive secret informations about a conspirative german blogger-network, focused on subliminal advertising. It will start a tsunami in the german blogosphere…„. Of course many people are curious about that story by the self-appointed „german Julian Assange„.
Yesterday the cat jumps out of the rice-bag that is fallen down at that moment, in china. The story is: About two years ago a company bought a big german blog called basicThinking. Now the have tried to use the reputation of the blog to buy links in small blogs. They writes via email to many german blogs looking for a collaboration. If they would write an article about a company or product with a keyword-link in the text they could earn around 40$. But it is based on a „killer-contract„: if they would tell something about the deal they have to pay 5001 Eur as „legal penalty“.
German link-buying blog-network
Sascha_P mentioned the name of the company and the blog but not of the blogs. And this is why Matt Cutt (or his team) wants to get in contact with Sascha_P. Of course they want to know the names.
From my point this is a simple trick to create a linkbait. It a little grandma with a blog about puppies cries loud when she gets informations that webmasters buy links – ok. But Sascha_P has a great blog – he earns a lot of money as amazon-affiliate. In my eyes he only wants to promote his blog by killing a competitor.
German blogs discuss seo and google quality
Actually there is a big discussion in german blogs about this. Some blogs grumble on nasty SEO that contaminates the google search results. Especcially the big newspaper-sites and alpha-blogs are allways happy on revelation-stories. They points out the seo manipulates the google rankings: google-waste results are seo-made.
On the other hand famous seo-blogs laugh at that kind of „tsunami“ . It is a usual method of internet-marketing – as long as google couldn’t solve the problem some seos will buy links. Surely, it’s about a lot of money.
It’s becomes a battle between „bad SEOs vs. good google-results„. Of course this is absolute bull*hit. I do seo and never bought any link. Seo is to get better results, e.g. in terms of onpage-optimization. Naturally the seosphere has some social power. It seems that Sascha_P is the only one who has to swim in his own tsunami.
The discussion is very interesting. It turns more and more in a discussion on the quality of googles results. Let’s see where it goes…
As I read the situation is different in USA. Here it is disallowed by law to show paid links.
Some more links in my german blog-article.