What's the downside of Blackhat SEO?

My friend says that there’s this technique called black hat SEO. I have seen this and took a research from it. But I don’t know what is the downside of this technique. Can someone explain me a concise manner?

Hi @Hulyo, the downside will be Google blacklisting your site and not getting any SEO results.

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Not only Google. Bing will also penalise sites which violate its guidelines, and I imagine other search engines will do the same.


Why do you prefer to do work on a black hat manner. We are living in a rule of nation so be stick on what is good. Same in seo field, you should abide all guideline and tos set by authority in-order not to get in trouble. For, sure if you been caught and your effort and time will be wasted. Regards

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Yandex has a good list of what it considers low-quality sites here.

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@Andres_Vaquero So, if your website is backlisted and not getting any SEO results, is the site would be like that for the whole time? or is it still gonna be functioning? And if it that happens is your site still gonna be relevant?:neutral_face:

I suppose so but I don’t know so you may try and find out from Google instead. The site would work it’s just you would not appear in Google’s results or they will demote your positioning a few pages back. So you’ll get nothing from Google and you’ll have to promote your site by other means. Not a worthy practice

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@Hulyo: did you look at the two links I posted?


We strongly encourage you to pay very close attention to the Quality Guidelines below, which outline some of the illicit practices that may lead to a site being removed entirely from the Google index or otherwise affected by an algorithmic or manual spam action. If a site has been affected by a spam action, it may no longer show up in results on Google.com or on any of Google’s partner sites.


Abusive tactics that aim to inflate the number and nature of inbound links such as links buying, participating in link schemes (link farms, link spamming and excessive link manipulation) can lead to your site being delisted from the Bing index.

We have seen members here who think they can fool the search engines and get away with it, only to return a short while later, asking how they can recover from a penalty. It is much easier to avoid such a penalty in the first place.

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Unless you’re a complete nutter, black hat SEO should be avoided. End of conversation!

Your site would still be functional but it wouldn’t be searchable. And if it’s not searchable, it might as well not exist. Because if a site isn’t searchable, despite how relevant it is and even if they type the URL directly on the search engine, your site will not appear.

You really don’t want to mess with black hat SEO. The only reason it still exists is because some people use it to sabotage competitor sites, which can also backfire on you in the long run once Google sees it and the webmaster complains to the search engines about it.

It also exists because a lot of so-called SEO experts don’t know the difference, I’m sorry to say!

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I agree.

Your website can be banned by Google if you use such black hat techniques.