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    SitePoint Zealot thomasr's Avatar
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    Sites Socially Bookmarked on Social Monkee killed by Google Penguin Update?

    I had a few sites that I occassionally socially bookmarked at social monkee. Well 2 of those sites were killed by Penguin. I build all my sites the same way and obtain white hat links.....I never spam. But I tried social monkee and took a big hit.

    I am seeing referring sites in Google Webmaster Tools like

    en.itsex.cn
    se.hellogeneration.com
    tr.gruil.com
    www.allnetseek.com


    all sites that I never physically visited which leads me to think they are social monkee sites.

    Anyone else notice something similar?

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    I signed up for social monkee but never actually used it, I decided I didn't like the sound of it, it didn't seem like I would have any control over what they were doing.
    But I have many links from strange sites that I have never visited, e.g. howdoi-getpregnant.com and howtogetyour-exgirlfriendback.com and have no idea why they are linking to my site. Social monkee may have been the cause in your case but equally it may not.
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    SitePoint Zealot thomasr's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by ozsubasi View Post
    I signed up for social monkee but never actually used it, I decided I didn't like the sound of it, it didn't seem like I would have any control over what they were doing.
    But I have many links from strange sites that I have never visited, e.g. howdoi-getpregnant.com and howtogetyour-exgirlfriendback.com and have no idea why they are linking to my site. Social monkee may have been the cause in your case but equally it may not.
    The 2 sites I used through Social Monkee share these same links which is what makes me suspicious

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    SitePoint Zealot thomasr's Avatar
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    But I guess they could just be scrapping the web

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    I used Social Monkee a little bit and saw no negative effects from it and it seems that the links are still active. I think the problem comes if you use it too much and don't vary the anchor and descriptions.
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    Social Monkee uses spammy bookmarking sites that would be easy for Google to detect.

    ...also, FYI:
    Penguin actively penalizes sites that Google believes engaged in link spam. This is new. Until now, Google generally took away ill-gotten link authority and penalized sites that were selling links. The big G rarely punished sites for acquiring spam links.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thomasr View Post
    ..I never spam.
    ...yet you are with Social Monkee!! ... don't figure!

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    Sometimes spammy sites fishing for trackback links to sites. I also see strange pages link to completly new sites in my gwt, where it makes no sense to link to.


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