In a turn towards the bizarre Rand Fishkin has revealed that he is not the credible source of SEO information that people often view him as. One of his latest tweets raises the question, how much does Rand Fishkin really know about SEO? After spending some time looking through BHU Forum he tweeted:
Sometimes, I get an urge to scour the underbelly of the black hat world & buy stuff like http://t.co/TQve8Xe66R just to see what happens
— Rand Fishkin (@randfish) February 1, 2014
Now most of you already know that what he is talking about is the BST selling expired domains with links from the BBC. Simply put, domains that have no spam whatsoever and great authoritative and trusted links. But Rand has strangely deemed this as Blackhat tactics, does Rand now believe that buying an expired domain with no spam in their backlink profile is a Blackhat tactic? Surely not?
Alarmingly, Rand Fishkin also states he does not know what would happen if he bought a dropped domain.
If you thought that was bizarre, it only gets worse. In a reply to one of of his followers, Rand Fishkin predicts that Google’s webspam team will be on the job.
Go get those expired domains boys! Captain Cutts and his webspam entourage are on the job!
Seriously now, how can someone with such a high stature in the SEO industry make such ridiculous statements? He has admitted he doesn’t know what would happen if he bought a non-spammy dropped domain and predicts the webspam team would buy them up? Are they going to buy up every dropped domain available in the world? This is a turn for the strange indeed, or maybe even a insight into the heavily pressured and hypocritical world that people claiming to be Whitehat are often in.
All this really begs the question, and I ask to Rand with all sincerity and no malicious intent;
Are you really this uninformed about SEO?
Or do you only say what people want to hear?
What Charles Floate – GodOfSEO.Co Says
“I woke up from a rather long sleep… and came back to the SEO world with my Skype pings on FIRE with people trying to get my opinion/chime in on the convo – Especially as I’ve been a member of BHU since when it started.
Rand show’s his clear lack of knowledge of “the underbelly” (aka Black Hat SEO) here, confusions between expired domains and black hat activity is just odd in my opinion and saying the webspam team are going to come after a domain seller… So what? GoDaddy going to get penalized and stalked by Cutts?”