One of the hot topics in the blog community at the moment raises an interesting question about search engine competition and the practice of grey or blackhat SEO techniques in order to boost your rankings. Website owners have been divided over the question:
Do you report your competitors to Google if they’re using spam or blackhat SEO techniques?
There’s no doubt that as a small business owner, you always have to compete. Whether it’s online or offline, there is always going to be other businesses looking to grab their share of the marketplace.
Unfortunately, with the online world, this competition is not always fair. Some competitors may be using questionable SEO techniques to “cheat” their way to better rankings and get ahead without being caught by Google. In this case, your only defense is to report these competitors to Google and hope they take action.
There have been a couple of polls in recent weeks which have given completely different answers – so we decided to run our own. Let us know what you think by answering the poll below:
In the end, it all comes down to personal preference. Some people may argue that we should all be treated on a fair playing ground – so reporting spam is ok, while others say to focus on improving your own website, and let Google deal with people who try and game the system.
I’m not going to give my personal opinion here, but i’d love to hear what you all think. Answer the poll above and let us know what you would do via our blog comments!