Link schemes, Google Rankings and RapGenius

There we have it! As expected, RapGenius was penalized!

A few days ago RapGenius was exposed for asking users to make links to help them improve their rankings. This is a direct violation of Google’s Guidelines.

Because RapGenius was doing such an amazing work with their site, I thought that maybe Google would just give them a slap on the wrist and reach a closed door agreement. RapGenius is without a doubt the only true innovator in the Lyrics websites vertical. So, I was wondering.

Wonder if google will penalize RapGenius

Next day, RapGenius founders sent out an open letter clamming that other competitors were doing far worse.

Today, RapGenius was officially penalised and gone from Google’s search results. With this penalty, I would guess that RapGenius must be losing over 75% of their traffic.

Is Google making an example out of them? Maybe yes, maybe no but anyway that this be a lesson to all of you. Do not ask for links, swap links, participate in other link schemes or you can feel Google’s wrath upon you.


I tested Storify with this post and it ended up looking like this:

Pretty cool 🙂

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