Google Penalizing Sites Running Coop?

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There seems to be a growing number of webmasters who run Digital Point's Coop on their site seeing heavy penalities placed on their sites' SERPs in Google. Is it a coincindence, related to recent Google heaves or is it a definite Coop based penalty? The waters seem muddy at present (come back Matt...) and many are sceptical that it's a penalty aimed at Coop users.

Personally I've lost 4 sites over the last 48 hours, the only thing they have in common is they run Coop ads. 2 that were there last night aren't today. They're not scrapers, there's no cloaking or keyword stuffing and the content is all original - just like Google likes. None the less they don't appear for themselves where they were once #1.

That's the last time I run unrelated site links from my pages. Unless of course, they're AdSense ones... ;)

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hmmm...

Just put some no follow tags on them. Problem solved.

This issue is over

This issue is over discussed. One year ago, months ago, present now.

Some dudes report amazing success with it (I know quite a few), and some report their websites beeing placed nowhere in the serps (I have that issue too).

And you know, you have the option to have a more stable link code on your site.. you have that in the ad generation step.

I believe

that people make the main mistake to join and expect the network to do all the seo work for them. The ones who succeed seem to be the ones who do other things to get ranked as well.

Just read the forum and it

Just read the forum and it is the donor sites getting hammered. The destination urls seem to be fine but if all the donor sites get taken out then less weight for all :)

Had to happen really, build some nice script to refresh the footer links :)

If you only have links from

If you only have links from the co-op you will nopt be happy.

If you have natural links too, you will have success. 80% of the people who report the issue you reported, havve tried to get their website up in the SERPS using only the Co-op.

As mike says, the Co-op is not a breaqtrough new SEO method to sky-rocket your website in the Serps. It's just an extension to your normal SEO.

Expertu, spot on. If you

Expertu, spot on. If you have links from all over the show then you are ok. If you have links from all the IP's being identified with co op then there is a chance you will get wasted.

The sites being hammered are

The sites being hammered are not the ones being linked too. It's the sites carrying the links that are taking the hit, which seems arse-backwards to me.

"The sites being hammered

"The sites being hammered are not the ones being linked too. It's the sites carrying the links that are taking the hit, which seems arse-backwards to me."

Google says watch who YOU link to, not who links to you. Thefore by definition they cannot really penalise the site being linked to as it may not be from the authority of the site owner.

not so

>which seems arse-backwards to me

Not really, if they could prove you were linking to another site you own yes, otherwise the potential for "collateral damage" would be huge.

The sites being hammered are

The sites being hammered are not the ones being linked too. It's the sites carrying the links that are taking the hit, which seems arse-backwards to me.

It does? Why??? Haven't you heard how the game's played? You take a crappy, large site, with some decent PR (ya know, the PR you got from the two $30/month PR7 links you bought just 2-3 months ago for the brand new site), you add the script to it, you then point the weight you get at a quality site that has other (good) inbound links, some content, and bam! you're successfully ranking and pulling in the big bucks. Works a treat with all those webmasters putting the links on their bread and butter quality websites who are now linking to you!

Wait, which type of site did YOU put the link script on?

de-indexing

I have a lot of sites that are totally de-indexed with no coop, and a couple that have just re-indexed with coop on them, so take everything with a grain of salt

Tried - and died

We tried the coop network. Our site was wiped from Google and it took some serious grovelling to get back in again.

The site has been live for 5 years and has tons of organic inbound links - so the argument that only "link poor" sites will be penalised is not correct.

Never going near such a thing ever again :(

I have never found the coop to be helpful with G..

but I find its very helpful to the overall site performance with minimal ad impact on visitors. For those who haven't tried it, its an effective method for putting good but unprofitable sites to work creating ad impressions for better converting sites. Any reasonably old site with high impressions and high inbound links works well. My sites are unaffected by these 'penalties' and considering how broken Google is and how many web sites are shite, I'd like to see some evidence of these penalties, anyone?

Everyone loses a site

I lost one of my favorite sites in the last 48 hours ($50 a day of my favorite green). I'm not a member of any Co-Op. Google drops sites all the time. They even told me that in a form email one time.

I'm not sure these "drops in rankings" have anything at all to do with penalties.

lol @ nuevojefe

Whenever I get around to registering threadwatch-watch.org, I'll have to point to that as one of the all time classic posts at TW.

This seems like bullshit to

This seems like bullshit to me. If the coop was responsible, all sites displaying the coop script would be gone.

But they aren't.

so it's bullshit.

You don't think some

You don't think some algorithms work on a concept of thresholds there SlyOldDog?

If this is true, please state what other universal truths there are to Google's ranking criteria ;)

Should have known better...

That's the last time I run unrelated site links from my pages

Ahhh, do you not think you should have known better- with running off-topical mass links that you would not get 'slapped-around' a bit by the engines? I still find it surprising that people still do this and link in areas where they just have no business. If history has not taught us one thing, stay out of places where you should not be. If you care about your site that much, then you'll do it properly...

Whenever I get around to

Whenever I get around to registering threadwatch-watch.org

Don't forget the ".com" or Brett might snap it up!

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