Unethical SEO tactics that are used to get higher rankings.

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Why does AVG complain with Exploit Blackhat SEO type 1703

I installed "AVG internet security", opened a page in internet explorer, and AVG complains about "Exploit Blackhat SEO (type 1703)" for object name Action sports stock footage with no further ...
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Can third party content on sub-domains harm the main site's search rankings?

I have a site that is a "portal" or "directory" for service providers. We opened every service provider's own page on our site, but now we get a lot of applications from those providers that want ...
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Why doesn't Google specify that a search result is a paywall site or least demote their search rank? [closed]

A rather suspect SEO paywall trick is to allow web spiders from search engines to see all content but lock the content behind a paywall for all other visitors. For example: What Google sees What ...
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Is it bad to hide content for SEO?

I'm designing a mobile CSS file for my website. It normally has a top navigation bar, like in here, Stack Exchange's sites. In my mobile version, I plan to hide the topbar, and put a button, which ...
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Are links from all pages in the footer of Site A to different pages of Site B considered black-hat?

I own two sites which hold different content that is targeted to different target markets. When Site B launched, I added links in the footer of Site A to different pages of Site B. Each page on Site ...
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Blackhat SEO/Spam? Backlinking-blog entry has nothing to do with our site

I'm seeing some weird backlinks to our site. For example, there's a blogger with a site that is several years old and looking pretty legitimate, but he has links to our e-commerce home page site ...
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SEO affect of a small sister site

I have a client who is keen to add a small landing page style site, since he has had a very popular URL purchased for a number of years but never actually used it. He wants to add some content and ...
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Are creating websites for backlink blackhat?

The problem I have been looking for a reputable company to help a client of mine generate some backlinks. Now I thought everyone these days would try and talk us into good content and competitions ...
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Why do hackers inject hidden links?

I discovered a hacked site recently which has a div in it with a bunch of links to casinos at the top and the div is display:none;. I understand that black hats may hack sites in order to gain ...
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Toggling between hidden divs instead of two links

For each entity in my site I have a 'joint' section (~30%), and a sub-section (~70%) which has two different options, meaning I only display ONE of them at a time. Currently I have two different links ...
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Anyone heard of 'tank tracking'?

Someone I know told me about some seriously cutting edge blackhat SEO that he called 'tank tracking'. He said that it is some sort of code (he believes written in Python) that 'sits' around the ...
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Why do Blackhat SEO Websites Rank high? [closed]

Why does this website ranks so high in SERP and also has a PR 3. As the name suggests, it promotes black hat seo and the hits on the website are also very high. Why is it that such websites which ...
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Is there any possibility somebody can down my search ranking?

If my rival site decides to go unfair way to outrank mine they can do it? For example, like by linking mine to bad(?) sites or something? Because people often talk about SEO but I just started being ...
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How do websites with no content rank so high?

I was just searching for, how to close a sim and I got the website (shown below) on the first page of Google. The website does not have the solution to the problem. there is just a line written about ...
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Where should I report sites that have obvious signs of black hat abuse?

I have found several sites that are using black hat techniques to rank higher in search results. Where can I report those sites.
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Is the implementation of a temporary “blackout” like Wikipedia's considered black/white/grey hat SEO?

Currently, Wikipedia is participating in a blackout and going to any content on their site produces a result like this (cropped slightly to dissociate the example from the message behind the example): ...
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Can a Google Penalty affect other sites with same owner, and how not to be recognized as the owner

i have a website with some pretty good ranking and SEO that I don't want to hurt, I have an SEO consultant that is working on it and I know he doesn't do any black-hat stuff. Now I'm launching a new ...
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Adaptive websites - considered keyword stuffing by Googlebot?

I work on a SEO-dependent content website, and we are in the process of making our site adaptive/responsive. More technically, we are using CSS media queries to apply different CSS styles as the size ...
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Reset / Remove - Google Keywords

Summary: My site is ranking for filthy keywords and i would like to remove them from google ranking/keywords. Background: My server was hacked using the timthumb exploit/security vulnerability, ...
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Is This Considered “Black Hat” SEO?

View the source of this website: http://www.absolutestoneandtile.com/ They are an entirely flash based website, but are higher up on the search list than me. So I thought I would see why and I ...
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changing <b> tag style to font-weight normal

I am highlighting key words on my web pages using the <b> tag. I have set all <b> tags to font-weight: normal in my global stylesheet and was wondering if this would be considered a 'black ...
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using Accordion, Jquery ,will it affect SEO? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How bad is it to use display: none in CSS? I am planning to use Accrodion and Jquery in My website. previously to animate the contents in the website i used Flash but ...
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Is there any server or software that legitimately improves a site's SEO?

I started to learn about SEO in last four months. Before that I was just a freelance web designer. Since I am new to this industry, I contacted a SEO company to optimize our client's website which I ...
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What naughty ways are there of driving traffic? [closed]

OK, so this is purely for my intellectual curiosity and I'm not interested in illegal methods (no botnets please). But say, for instance, that some organisation incentivised link sharing in a bid to ...
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How long does Google normally take to act on black hat SEO?

One of our competitors recently rocketed up the search rankings. A little investigation revealed it to be a clear-cut case of black hat SEO link farming. I submitted what I believe was a clear and ...
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What if I change the Google Adsense code of all pages that use my network?

What if I change Google Adsense ad codes of all pages in a network using a "proxy" or something like that? Or custom addon that changes Adsense codes; to my own Adsense code. There are about 250 ...
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Blackhat SEO, reviewing a sites strategy

There is a website I am interested in reviewing for academic purposes. It is a highly corrupt business in my opinion, and is still very popular and profitable. I believe it is using Blackhat SEO ...
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Do xrumer drip link blasts work?

I've heard of these so called services where I can get 100 backlinks built everyday from web profiles etc via a software called Xrumer running on the servers. What is the benefit of getting 100 ...
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How to discredit hacked links pointing at my company's website

The competition of one of my company's websites has started a really dirty campaign of acquiring hack links. One of their ingenious tactics has been to seed in links to OUR site withing their hack ...
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Is it considered blackhat SEO to have hidden text within links?

My aim is to simply be informative about where a link is pointing to search engines. I have some content that is listed by name and then I have a "Permalink" button. Would it be blackhat SEO to add ...
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Is it safe to redirect to ajax enabled content if its not google bot visiting?

At a webshop I'm currently working on I have several links that show a fancybox with product information. The link works without ajax, it shows the same content as the fancybox links etc will not ...
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What is technically correct with Link Wheel and Mininet [technique], looking past the ethical (aka “blackhat”) nature?

Because of the importance of backlinks, and the way that "authority" is calculated, black hat SEO has proliferated LinkWheels and Mininets. In my opinion, we now have a situation that was like ...
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Weird entry for robots.txt on a Naked Domain in Google Webmaster Tools

We own a .co.uk address and use an Internet hosting company that has made mistakes around DNS in the past. Our main site is hosted on www. and their reluctance to allow editing of AAAA records on-line ...