Candy.com has been penalized by Google
I hope you are all enjoying your Friday, It’s 6:30pm here in the UK and after a long week I am looking forward to the weekend and sitting back watching Suits and have a few cold beers, I was sifting through and catching up with emails and I noticed I have got this email below and I have complied and removed the link from Candy.com in my post as per their request but I am shocked to read that Google has penalized the site, I don’t know all the reasons why but I thought genuine link building was good for SEO?
For those of you who don’t know Candy.com was sold by “Domain King” Rick Schwartz for $3 million dollars plus royalties and % of shares with the options to increase over time back this was back in 2009 and currently on Ricks Blog in 2013 the sale is listed as also having 10% ownership and I am unsure if this 10% ownership of the domain name or the whole company – You can read Rick’s post from back in 2012 when he discusses it here.
I hope Candy.com can get back to where they need to be in Google.com and I would also ask all fellow domainers to help and if you have linked to Candy.com and receive a request to remove that link you help – This post contains no links to Candy.com
As you can also see from this screenshot below Candy.com doesn’t rank on the first page of Google.com for me here in the UK, I don’t know about other countries maybe you can check and leave a comment.
The one positive factor is that Candy.com has natural type in traffic and it shall still receive this traffic everyday regardless of Google.com or other Search Engines.
According to Alexa.com which isn’t always accurate but it estimates Candy.com receives 20.5% of its traffic from Search Engines, There appears to be 617 Domains linking to Candy.com also according to Alexa.com
We wish to thank you for linking to our site http://www.candy.com/ from http://robbiesblog.com/tag/chocolate. Unfortunately, it has come to our attention that this link may be against Google’s Webmaster Guidelines. It is important for us to bring our site into compliance, as we have been penalized by Google.
Please remove our link from this page and any other page on your site.
The industry looks like it is on the up, Domain sales are happening all the time off the record, I am in the process of helping a client secure a six figure sale that wont ever get reported and I know I am not the only person closing these types of deals. If you have a premium .COM domain to sell don’t forget that I do offer a brokerage service but I only work with a few select clients with premium domain names.
News also broke yesterday that Twitter.com plans to start selling Shares via an IPO to be announced later this year – I wonder if I should start to use my Twitter Handle @Shares in a different way instead of just as a personal site, Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter.com