Disclaimer: This post is just for fun. I haven’t tried doing any of this and have no plans of doing so. It’s just a crazy idea that popped into my head last night while counting sheep to sleep. I’m not suggesting anyone to do what will be mentioned below, but if you do, please get back to this post and share the experience with us all. Thank you. Nah, just kidding.
The Internet is such a pleasant place for everyone to enjoy, socialize, learn and do business as well. However, all things in life have its darker side, and the web is not an exception to it. Spammers, scammers, cheaters, and almost all sort of sinful acts do happen in this new world, wherein some are powerless to take back what’s rightfully theirs.
Are there any ways to get back from these tricks that caused you wasted time and effort, emotional pain, as well as self-embarrassment from clients who left you unpaid or competitors cheating their way and getting away with it? Fortunately, there are, and here’s how:
Do Blackhat for them
There are many blackhat techniques that you can do to damage the opponent, which doesn’t require access from their site, such as:
o Doorway or Gateway passage
o Link Farming
o Fake News linking to them
o Map Spam
o Link them to bad neighborhood sites (adult and gambling sites)
Make Duplicates of their contents
Copy their contents and post it elsewhere, hmm, no, post them everywhere! You can submit and publish their blog entries, about us content and even their services page to web 2.0 sites (Squidoo, Hubpages, Weebly, Yola, Blogger, WordPress.com, etc.) and to many article submission sites, except for those that have strict editorial guidelines.
There are 2 ways to do this; the first one is to lure them to comment on your blog for you to have the email they are using for blog comments and the second one is to make a new one with the same gravatar.
This method is quite risky, since you can be charged with Identity Theft if you get caught. But how can they know that it’s you anyway. But still, keep it clean, and never say I didn’t warn you.
Report them as spam through Google Webmaster Tools
This one is easy, just go to your Google Webmaster Tools Account and voila! But obviously, you will have to show some evidence before they can really flag it as spam, so you still have to work on those blackhats.
Email their link partners
The chances of making this strategy work rely on the email copy that you’ll be sending to them. The copy should be realistic and not too persuasive. Make the approach look as a warning and not as an order in removing the enemy from their recommended links.
Taunt Matt Cutts
I doubt that this one will work, but I guess there’s no harm in trying, not unless Matt caught you red handed, BAM!
Spread rumors all across the community or write a bad review about them, and then encourage commentators (real unsatisfied users) to have their voice heard. But this tactic is cheap, I don’t recommend this one.
Blog about it with fabricated comments
This is pretty much the same with Brand Jacking, but with a twist, since you can choose to hide your identity here and fake the comments that will be accepted. Make it believable, use Gravatar for all the commentators or if you have a solid community that can back you up with this one then much better. And lastly, build links to that post and spread it!
Make them rank for odd keywords
Trash their reputation and rip their pride apart. That’s the best way to destroy the enemy.
If you love your business… then don’t mess with SEOs.