Since past 2 weeks, I was facing a gradual drop in the ranking and traffic of my niche website. I built some high quality high-quality still the ranking kept dropping. I thought its due to some google update.
Then yesterday I casually made an audit of my site. Then I found that the outbound links we do follow. But I remember that I have installed the no follow outbound links plugin. Then I suspected that something is wrong.
Then I just went to ahrefs and checked the linked domains of my site.
Then I was shocked to find 5 sites having do follow links from my website. Among that 5 links, 1 link was a sitewide link hidden in the footer -_- I thought my site has got hacked.
Then I messaged to owner of one of the website and asked where he bought the link. He said that he paid 7000 rupees for the link. And after further investigation, I found that the links were taken illegally by the person who did page speed optimization service for me 7 to 8 months ago.
The biggest mistake I did was, I didn't delete the editor account which I created for that person to optimize page speed.
It took over 1 year for me to develop the site. I worked very hard in scaling up that site. Because of such people, I lost over 55% traffic on my site.
I don't want to mention the name of the person. I am posting this to alert the bloggers from such scammers...
Kindly don't misuse others hard work!
Solution Info by Iftekhar Ahmed:Being an Admin here, I request you to name the person. :) Or avoid the word scammers and make this post just as a regular precautionary step post.
Solution Info by Abhijith Suresh:
Would be better if you name the guy, so that other won't be scammed.
Scammers should be defamed. :)
Solution Info by Thokala Mahesh:If he's really a scammer then you shouldn't be afraid to reveal the name. there're solid reasons why he shouldn't reveal his name. however, by reading all the comments and post, you can figure out who it is.