SEO Mistakes to Avoid | 3 Black Hat Techniques That WILL Get You Banned from Google - Dan Guillermo

SEO Mistakes to Avoid | 3 Black Hat Techniques That WILL Get You Banned from Google

By Dan Guillermo | Affiliate Marketing

Today I'm going to share with you all of my war stories about getting banned by Google. ►►Subscribe here to learn more of my secret SEO tips:
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These are the top SEO mistakes to avoid, and if you don't, you're going to get banned.

Tip #1: Avoid building links through WordPress themes.

Some people are still doing them, and they think it works.

Back in the day, I had a web hosting website. I never provided web hosting, but, I ranked number one on Google for the term web hosting.

That's one of the most competitive terms.

Everyone's going after it because they want affiliate commissions for HostGator, Bluehost, GoDaddy.

You name it.

Instead of creating my own themes I bought domains that had hosting in it or the term web hosting and then bought a ton of WordPress themes.

I bought all the popular WordPress themes that were already out there and got them for little to no money.

Within six months I shot off to the page of Google for the term web hosting.

Within another three months, I shot up to the first spot.

And you know what happened?

Google eventually banned the website.

When I was ranking number one, I was generating over a $100,000 a month in affiliate income.

That was great.

I didn't even spend more than $50,000 buying a ton of these sites, and I did that over a period of six months.

So the income that I was generating was massive compared to my investment.

But I got banned.

I learned, don't do shady link affiliate tactics.

Tip #2: Avoid expired domain names.

There was a domain named after a park, and I bought it because it was about the civil war in America and it had a bunch of EDU links.

All I did was to a take ancient domain name that had a ton of authority and change it to casino-related stuff, and, boom, I popped up in the top three spots for the key term "online casino" and "casino."

That's crazy, right?

Eventually, Google figured it out, got banned, lost all my money.

I stopped using those tactics because it's not good in the long run.

If you're not sure if you're SEO strategy that you're using is going to get you banned or not, leave a comment, and I'll tell you if you should be doing more of it or less of it.

The last thing you want to do is put all this time and energy like I did and then get banned.

Think long term.

Tip #3: Avoid writing the same content over and over again.
After a while, you run out of topics to produce. So you just regurgitate the same stuff over and over again.

Instead, what you should be doing is updating your old content and changing it to 2017 to 2018 and making the tools more thorough.
Delete the old ones that no one uses anymore.

In your blog, you probably already have regurgitated content, so go into your Google Analytics, look at the one that gets the least amount of search topic, and redirect to more popular topics.

Combine the content, make it more thorough, you have less duplicate content and take all your old material that's bad and no one's reading anymore, and delete it.

When you do that, you're going to get way more traffic, you're not going to get penalized, and it's going to grow quarter over quarter continually.

Avoid these three SEO mistakes and in the long run when you measure your growth, year over year, you should be going up.

Think long-term, and stay away from short-term tricks and tactics like I was doing.

It's about longevity. Follow these tips, and you will have longevity.


About the Author

Dan is happily married for 18 years and has 2 wonderful children. After experiencing success in the corporate world, Dan decided it was time to start a business of his own. He has been in Internet Marketing for 3 years now and has built an online business that is growing every year. Dan created a 10 part video course on Affiliate Marketing which you can access free of charge by clicking here.

  • Charles Floate says:

    That WILL get you banned.. If you’re Neil Patel and Google want to make an example out of you* – Because none of these examples he was actually banned by Google’s algorithm.. Just people manually reviewing the site. So yeah, they did work, and no, Google isn’t that clever.

  • Gaming Gajju says:

    Great Video My Coach Neil

  • Ask YouTube says:

    does web2.0 linkcycle & directory summision is still working …

    • Neil John Dan Fedillaga says:

      I’m not Neil Patel but we just did a case study for this one it doesn’t work anymore – quality referring domains overpowers tons of backlinks even if the backlinks are coming from related websites.

      thats our result, want also to know what are others peoples opinion. coz, to be honest, based on personal experience last 2 months, the web 2.0 links you can buy are completely useless


    sir plz make a tutorial guide on how to get traffic and rank higher for a new blog.

  • CVM Solutions says:

    Question for you, Neil:

    I regularly update old content, such as title, body, images, etc. However, I don’t update my URL when it includes an older year. Is it a best practice to update the URL when applicable (i.e. /list-2017 -> /list-2018), or will this negatively impact my rankings?

  • jatt saab says:

    hey niel which one is good Shopify or Amazon FBA to start in 2018

  • T. Thomas says:

    Can you discuss the metrics you look at when buying a:

    website, expired domain, or even a plugin ? Thanks

  • TrickzMan says:

    Is it good to choose expire domain for event blogging. Because its run only 5-10 days . please help me sir.

    Thank you

  • I am Broke but says:

    I watched one of your videos and I was literally sold to your channel…. You uber good 👌(new subbie)

  • Saurabh Darade says:

    *I am waiting for your Shopify video*

  • Julius Trismegistus says:

    Thanks, Neil! I keep learning every time you produce content like this.

    May I just ask: do you think I will be penalized if I take a content from my blog, copy it and use it to guest post to another blog with that same content if I’m linking back to my own blog with that content?

    Do you think either of us will be penalized?

    Again, thanks for sharing your wisdom, Neil. TRULY APPRECIATE IT.

  • Techy Gears says:

    Neil Sir ,

    Please tell How to Rank Article??

  • Csaba Szabo says:

    I’m looking forward to hearing about your resounding bankruptcy.

  • Kilian Schulz says:

    boy you motivated me to do black-hat techniquees 🙂 six-figures???

  • khushal singh says:

    I think you confused alot,, want to listen to continuously 😂

  • Dr. Sebi Inspired - Mucusless Diet Center says:

    LOVE YOU NEIL!! Sent an email to your group with a request. Sam Davis.

  • Andy O Dea says:

    Hi Neill, could you tell me what is the most accurate software or sights to use when researching low competition keywords with good search volume to rank YouTube videos. best suited to a channel just starting out. Thanku!

  • Manny Velez says:

    Neil spittin’ that truth…. Keep it up!


    Some great tips man. Thank You. 🙂
    What do you think of answering quora questions with links to relevant YouTube videos?

  • G Mail says:

    Wow!! You I haven;t heard that phrase in a long time. . . “longevity”. Everyone needs to stop a moment and give this thought some consideration as it will make you a success with time.

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