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    Do ads reduce Bing ranking?


    I have, or had, a non-commercial site with high ranking on its keywords on Bing. It bombs on Google but was #1 on Bing.

    Lately a SEO consultant (if that is the right term) asked me to put ads, advertisement links, on my hitherto non-commercial site, for X dollars.

    I agreed and I got some pocket money. I guess as a result of the links on my site, some financial services provider, and or insurance provider got some rank. The links are utterly irrelevant to my site's contents (which has no connection with financial services).

    Furthermore the kind SEO consultant has kept (well, only three times) coming back for more.

    In the meantime I see that my site's Bing rank has gone down. I used to have number one spot on my site's major keywords now I am down to number nine.

    I wonder if, and would like to ask whether, Bing up-ranks sites that have no ads, or down-ranks sites that have ads?

    I like getting pocket money (X = about 100USD per link) but at the same time if my site is going to disappear from Bing listings then, I would be a little sad about that.

    BTW, I rate only about 140th on my major keywords on Google. I have no idea why Bing was/is so nice to me.

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    Have I found a new Bing search engine ranking secret then?

    I am about to put another advert into my site. I bet it will go down further than #8 or #9. The keywords are Japanese culture and my site is nihonbunka.com. The adds are going in the Shinto part of my site.

    I guess part of the reason is because the adverts are not really linked to the content. The SEO consultant has me weave them tenuously into the narrative, including links to governmental sites related to the promoted (but not blog) topic. Bing is probably clever enough to see that the promotion link and the governmental site links are diluting the actual topic of the blog. So it may not be ads themselves but material extraneous to the topic of the keywords.

    Oh well...I will be able to buy myself some bike shoes.
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    Do you care too much if the site doesn't rank?

    Id probably just keep taking the money tbh.
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    I have, or had, a non-commercial site
    I guess thats changed, hasn't it.
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    Originally Posted by DarrenHaye
    Do you care too much if the site doesn't rank?
    Id probably just keep taking the money tbh.
    Well, it is was nice to be top of Bing but not all that important. I was just wondering.

    Originally Posted by DarrenHaye
    I guess thats changed, hasn't it.
    Yes.

    I thought that all you SEO consultants would know all about these, especially since you are probably asking folks like me to put links on their sites so as to promote the ones you are promoting.
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    Originally Posted by timtak
    I thought that all you SEO consultants would know all about these, especially since you are probably asking folks like me to put links on their sites so as to promote the ones you are promoting.
    I wouldn't pay you a dime for a link on your site.

    So you should take his money and enjoy spending it on whatever you want to spend it on .
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    Originally Posted by DarrenHaye
    I wouldn't pay you a dime for a link on your site.
    So you should take his money and enjoy spending it on whatever you want to spend it on .
    Thank you. I will take your advice.

    I wonder why he (he refers to himself in the feminine) or she pays.
    This could be another SEO secret! Links from even naff sites like mine can be used to boost the SER of commercial sites, it seems.

    I thought I would be let into the SEO secrets, but I seem to be giving them away here

    Tim
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    Originally Posted by timtak
    This could be another SEO secret! Links from even naff sites like mine can be used to boost the SER of commercial sites, it seems.

    I thought I would be let into the SEO secrets, but I seem to be giving them away here

    Tim
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    Originally Posted by DarrenHaye
    There is a difference between belief and reality.
    Fair enough. I will just take her money then.

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