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Buy Google +1 Votes? How Long Before It’s Gamed?

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June 12  |  Black Hat  |   Ryan Clark

I was recently adding the Google +1 button to my site, and while I’m not too happy about adding another bloody button to the long list of ones here, it had to be done. I’ve yet had to see any positive results, or notice a change within my Google SERPs in regards to this new social voting feature. The long tail search results still are over spammed and it seems that Google’s Panda update is still lost in the dark for the most part. So is this the next step to redeeming the polluted search results, or the next thing to game?

There is without a doubt a network being formed as I write this to sell, trade and gain Google +1 votes. I scoured some of the biggest webmaster forums for this post to see if anyone was already offering them for sale…not quite yet (and I’m kind of surprised). There is definitely going to be a blitz to buy these if they work, and if it does work well then Google is in for even more trouble.

For those in the know, or in the I read a ton of forums, their is another large update related to Panda coming. There has also been talk about a major change to the way they view links as well! I doubt this sooner than later update will incorporate the +1 votes, but in a year from now I imagine these will come heavily into play. Just like the people who have gamed links when the anchor text tip was out, they’ll game this and there will be huge money to be made. So this is why I’m a little worried.

So how many of you will buy these votes if it’s an option? If you’re not willing to dip your pen in the black ink, do you fear being left in the dust with nothing to do but complain to Google? I’d also love to hear from anyone who thinks the +1 votes are already influencing their rankings.

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11 Responses to Buy Google +1 Votes? How Long Before It’s Gamed?

  1. Simon Gerard says:

    +1 definitely raises a lot of questions that will keep us waiting for the answers. I do like the concept that it’s serves an more inward, personal benefit, opposed  to the broadcasting function of FB sharing and tweeting. After all the recent heat google’s got from their serp results, I’m sure they’re prepared for +1 cheating. But we can bet there is no way to avoid the upcoming and inevitable black hat war over it. Can’t wait to see how it plays out.

  2. Geoff says:

    I +1′d this post.

  3. Linkbuildr says:

    We surprise surprise…already getting a ton of traffic from people looking to buy +1 votes :)

  4. Hi Ryan Clark

    After reading your post i have a better understanding of Google+1 really is.
    Your post have the information l and very informative. I would like you to keep up the good work.
    You know how to make your post understandable for most of the people.thump up and thank

  5. Geldschnell says:

    Give me a message when you found out where to buy them hehe

  6. Tad Chef says:

    I just +1′d this post. Please send me 50$ via PayPal. Otherwise I’ll report you to Google Spam report. hehehe.

  7. … makes sense – know any services?

  8. Gorkhali_a says:

    This is cool to get +1 through googleplus

  9. Steve Palmer says:

    I hope not, that’l be just one more thing Cutts has to combat, and me to buy.

  10. Google is the internet. if it wants us to put those buttons so that our page will have a higher page rank why not. The sad thing about this is we know that Google+ is just a wannabee clone of facebook and to many buttons on our blog makes our site ugly. Oh well i don’t have a choice because Google is the INTERNET.

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