In Search Engine Land, Barry Schwartz reported iAcquire, who was allegedly responsible for buying links for clients, was banned from Google search results.
iAcquire was accused of being the agency behind Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corporation’s buying links through email requests. For more on that story, read What Can We Learn From The Latest Brand To Be Called Out For Paid Links?
Here is a screen shot of when a search inquiry is made for iAcquire.com.
It appears that all the companies associated with this investigation have been de-indexed as well.
Schwartz shared, “Mike King, the Director of Inbound Marketing at iAcquire, responded to a tweet I sent him asking if Google delisted iAcquire. He said, iAcquire “sure was” delisted by Google. He then went on to explain that there was “no network” for Google to ban so they had a “hissy fit” and decided to ban the agency.”
Lesson learned? When you take these risks you need to ask yourself this, are you prepared to lose all your traffic from Google?