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It's hard out her for an SEO
Private Blog Network Extortion

I got an email today from an SEO who received a penalty on his site that he's fairly certain is the result of engaging in a PBN. Trouble is, when he asked the PBN owner to remove the links, there was an extortion request for a huge amount of money. Now he's worried that disavowing alone won't work, but can't afford to pay to have the links removed.

Granted, it's a bad idea to start a relationship with a private blog network in the first place, but the extortion tactic really pisses me off. I wish our industry didn't have this crap (and I also wish Google's penalization system didn't enable it).

My advice was to send a reconsideration request to Google alongside the disavow explaining what happened, admitting guilt, sharing details about the PBN, and hoping for clemency. What do y'all think?

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Does the Use of Via as Part of a Mention Impact Twitter Engagement?

This is one of the questions that +Rand Fishkin asked me during the live broadcast he and I did together with +Neal Schaffer on Twitter engagement (you can see the show here: https://plus.google.com/events/c4tp417bgq4v3gqfhv13qs5b4ng).

As a result, I went in and dug into the data, and the chart below is what I found. Looking at it in an aggregated manner, Tweets that include a "Via" in it, are somewhat less likely to get at least one RT.

Note that of the 152,800 tweets we looked at which had at least one mention, 9,226 of them used "via" in the tweet (or about 6%).

Oddly enough, we found only one variant of "HT" in all those tweets.
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#WDYMD :) maybe it'll catch on ...
When you think about what your marketing does, consider these two lists.

From +Bernadette Jiwa's blog, The Story of Telling
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