Google's Matt Cutts has provided official confirmation of a ban on the Traffic-Power domain name and some Traffic-Power client sites. Matt writes about how Google hasn't usually confirmed or denied if a company has been banned in the past, but it's a policy now changing in cases where Google finds it useful to help educate site owners and others. As for Traffic-Power, Matt wrote:
I can confirm that Google has removed traffic-power.com and domains promoted by Traffic Power from our index because of search engine optimization techniques that violated our webmaster guidelines at http://www.google.com/webmasters/guidelines.html.
Matt's post -- which he notes was reviewed by Google's lawyers -- was in reaction to a recent court filing in the case of Traffic-Power versus TrafficPowerSucks. As Threadwatch notes, the filing by Traffic-Power alleges that TrafficPowerSucks has made false and defamatory claims including:
a. Claims that the search engine giant Google has banned and is banning from its search engine listings websites of Traffic-Power.com clients because of the search engine optimization strategies used by Plaintiff.
b. Claims that clients of Traffic-Power.com run the risk of being banned from Google search engine listings if they use Traffic-Power.com services
Fair to say, TrafficPowerSucks now has some pretty powerful evidence to refute the Traffic-Power allegations.
For background on the Traffic-Power suits against both TrafficPowerSucks and SEO Book's Aaron Wall, see these past posts:
- SEO Book's Aaron Wall Sued By Traffic-Power Over Revealing "Trade Secrets"
- Traffic Power Suit Against SEO Book Moves To US Federal Court
- WSJ Dissects Traffic Power Complaints & Search Engine Bans
- SEO Book Files Legal Response To Traffic Power Suit
Want to comment or discuss? Visit our SEW Forums thread, Traffic Power Files Suit Against SEO Book.
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