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83% of SEO’s don’t yet report paid links

The results are in from our poll asking whether you report paid links or not.

After Google’s propaganda and the publicity behind the issue I was expecting more people to have reported paid links. The full results are below:

  • No – 72%
  • Yes – 17%
  • Not yet but I probably will – 11%

Paid links poll

By Patrick Altoft. at 11:48PM on Thursday, 17 Jan 2008

Patrick is the Director of Strategy at Branded3 and has spent the last 11 years working on the SEO strategies of some of the UK's largest brands. Patrick’s SEO knowledge and experience is highly regarded by many, and he’s regularly invited to speak at the world’s biggest search conferences and events. Follow Patrick Altoft on Twitter.

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16 Responses to “83% of SEO’s don’t yet report paid links”

  1. I’ll leave the detection to the algorithm.

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  3. Mcfly says:

    All the publicity & propaganda has only highlighted one thing…. its them against us! Like Marketing hub said… let the algorithm detect it!

  4. Arnie says:

    Wasn’t a NARC in the 80’s, not going to be one now.

  5. sir jorge says:

    my goodness, i love pie graphs

  6. Simon Dance says:

    I think the question, that still remains somewhat ambiguous, is… what constitutes a paid link?

    Si

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  9. Lori says:

    I agree with Simon – the definition of “paid” is still confusing to me.

  10. Perry_T says:

    Dare i say that almost all websites have paid for some listings in one form or another…

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  12. China Tours says:

    Google should make it to find the paid links throught their own technology to solve the problem. otherwise, it may cause more problems. What if someone intensionally trapped his competitors by reporting the paid links, which are created by himself, not his competitors.

  13. Cash Makers says:

    Only if site is competing with me :)

  14. [...] 83% of SEO’s don’t yet report paid links “After Google’s propaganda and the publicity behind the issue I was expecting more people to have reported paid links. The full results are below: No – 72%, Yes – 17%, Not yet but I probably will – 11%” [...]

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