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Simple question is it possible to hurt someone elses serps? I've heard bold
statements by unethical people that they can hurt peoples google positions.

Fact or fiction?

Re: Deoptimisation

Smicker wrote:

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You can hurt them in two ways:
- increase your own ranking and push them down
- spam their guestbooks etc. and include them in a linkfarm to get them

I don't think there's a way to hurt a site other than that, e.g. hurt a
site's ranking by linking to it from a "bad neighborhood", as everyone
would be able to do that and we could simply kick sites like or

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Re: Deoptimisation

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but you get be penalised based on who links TO you because you obviously
have no control over that.
therefore you can only get into trouble if you link to the link farm from
your site

re: Deoptimisation

It is also possible to hurt another sites ranking using the 302
redirect trick...

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