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The Stupid Way Rap Genius Got Burned by Google Traffic to the lyrics site is down enormously after Google banned it for trying to game the search system.

By Jason Fell

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If you try to game Google, you're bound to get burned. Such is the case with Rap Genius, a site that hosts and explains lyrics to songs and copy from other texts.

In an attempt to rank higher in Google search, the site solicited bloggers to link to Rap Genius pages in exchange for exposure via Rap Genius' social media channels. While Google generally views backlinks from reputable sites as a positive ranking factor, paying for backlinks is commonly considered an unacceptable SEO strategy.

Rap ineptitude, one might say.

Even though the site has issued an apology, Google's actions were swift: it removed the Rap Genius website from all Google searches. Traffic to the Rap Genius site has plummeted from about 700,000 uniques a day to less than 200,000, according to Quantcast.

While getting notified by Google that your website is in violation of its quality guidelines can be a frightening thing for many business owners, you can repair damage any damage that has been done.

Related: How to Fix Your Website If You Violate Google's Quality Guidelines

Jason Fell

VP, Native Content

Jason Fell is the VP of Native Content, managing the Entrepreneur Partner Studio, which creates dynamic and compelling content for our partners. He previously served as Entrepreneur.com's managing editor and as the technology editor prior to that.

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