said 1 year, 2 months ago:
There’s another reason you have to be careful when giving out a web address for a site like that, John. In the Fall of 2010, I was about to implement the brilliant tactics of one seo expert that I was about to duplicate, but tragedy struck… or rather Google struck… like lightening against him, all his sites, and took thousands down with him.
What did they do? Among other things, they had Adsense on their sites. Google likes their advertisers. Google wants them to keep buying ads. And when this guy and others like him were innocently instructing all their students, using their Adsense sites as examples in their lessons, of course all their students wanted to go check out the sites. So they did. In so doing, they artificially pumped up those visitor numbers. But his students weren’t legitimate prospects for the advertisers who were paying to have their ads on his site. Bam! He got busted. His site went down… then most of his other sites went down… just like others who had done the same thing, except a lot of them did it on purpose to fool Google and increase their visitor numbers artificially.
Google doesn’t play. When they slap you down, they can obliterate you and everything you touch, including all the rest of your sites with the same Adsense code on it.
So the moral of that story… well, that doesn’t really matter… but what does matter is… be careful when you promote your site address in a forum unrelated to your site’s subject and target Adsense audience. Otherwise, you can get Google slapped big time.
Since then, most site owners make sure their site is either Adsense or Affiliate oriented, keeping the two separate, and making sure they target the right kinds of customers and visitors to their sites. That’s exactly why I try not to participate in the kinds of link-sharing I’ve seen on this site in the Clubs. It’s just not what Google wants… so that means someday the day will come when those innocent little reciprical link-sharing fests WILL come back to haunt those who participate.
In sum, good call on not sharing your Golf Site web address. It may seem kind of unfriendly to some, but you know just how important it is to keep your cards close to your vest, lest you lose your whole pot to the dealer… and that would be Google.