Should You Report Your Competitors to Google For Spam Backlinks?

I like Jim from Stewart Media.  He made a really interesting video above and writes a post on reporting your competitors to Google if they are using spammy backlinking techniques to boost rankings.  I think he has a fair argument about the subject.  What are your thoughts?  Is it fair game to report your competitors? I personally have not really ever focused on this, but I know for sure some of my client’s competitors are using spammy techniques to boost rankings.

The question is should put the time and effort in to reporting them…?  The only time I’ve spent doing this was with Google Places.  For one month any competitor who was breaking their TOS I reported.  I got a generic notice from Google that they got the message, but up until this day nothing as been done about it.  Those spammy Google Places listings still exist today.   My concern is, is it even worth the effort?  What your thoughts…?  Share in the comment section below.

Here are 5 Other Interesting Blog Posts on Reporting Your Competitors to Google For Spam:

  1. Competitors Spamming? Google Says Report Them
  2. Matt Cutts: Here’s How To Expose Your Competitors’ Black Hat SEO Practices
  3. Would you report a competitor to Google?
  4. I’M TELLING! (or reporting your SEO competitors)
  5. How to out your competitors and frenemies for spamming Google



Tags: backlinking, google, Panda, pengiun, reporting, SEO, spam

2 Responses to “Should You Report Your Competitors to Google For Spam Backlinks?”

  1. I’ve thought about it before but I just assumed Google would ignore my complaints so I never did. If there was concrete evidence that Google took these complaints seriously by taking “quick action,” I would probably add this to the list of things I do for my clients.

    Travis Van Slooten

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