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There is plenty of content on that page. I'm sure there are also many pages on boltaconsumer.com which link to it boosting it's internal links all being mostly relevant. It may or may not have external back links, but when I search zong sim blocked or related searches there are very few sites with those phrases on them.


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Don't resubmit the report. That won't accomplish anything. Google won't necessarily punish the offending site directly. They have expressed a preference for using reports like yours for identifying tricks and techniques (patterns) and updating their spam fighting algorithms to automatically handle this. This allows them to improve the whole system instead ...


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Google does not just ignore links in sections that are display:none. Consider DHTML multi-level drop down menus. In such a menu, you hover over the top level menu item and a list of links drops down. That is a case in which the links are in display:none initially, but user interaction with the page shows them. Using drop down menus like this is ...


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That raises a huge red flag for me. There is nothing you can do just by having a "server" or any special software to improve SEO in the manner they are speaking. This sounds like they are using black hat techniques in an attempt to rank pages better. I would tell them to give you a detailed explanation of what this server does and if they don't tell you ...


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I'd prefer to do a <a href="" title="whichever the text"></a> Anyway, that seems to be a premade Dokuwiki tag? Which actually adds a javascript that initially sets a display:none to the block. If is the case I think it would not harm SEO.


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FYI, this won't hurt your website from an SEO point of view. Unsolicited one way backlinks can never hurt you (if you purchase links those one way backlinks can hurt you). If they could then tactics like this would be an easy way to sabotage your competition. At worst, one way backlinks have no value. This is probably the case with the links you are ...


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I wouldn't be suprised if Google had done something temporarily to their algorithm to take those protesting SOPA into account (seeing as they're also opposed (obviously!)). This is the only proper way for wikipedia to do this. They've said themselves that they don't want to cause major disruption, and leave all content accessible should people need to use ...


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If you feel that a website is ranked well due to heavy spam so you can use following Google tool: https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/spamreport?hl=en http://support.google.com/webmasters/bin/request.py?contact_type=rich_snippets_spam But, don't be negative to rank well with your target keywords. There are too many factors to rank well in Google. We ...


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The quality guidelines section of the Google Webmaster Guidelines contains this link for submitting sites which use blackhat/spammy practices. I believe the feedback page on Google search results also has a link to the same form. Edit: Google has also released a Chrome extension to easily report spam sites. It provides a browser button that'll take you ...


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"Is there a definitive list of Blackhat techniques?" Anything to deceive a Search Engine is black hat. The list could be endless.


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I read about link-wheels both the link you posted and this one that is more detailed: http://www.squidoo.com/LINK_WHEELS 1st of all I would say that link wheels are actually NOT real black hat SEO, they might be called gray hat, because Matt Cutt's himself suggests to spread over web 2.0 sites the existence of your main business/website by writing ...


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I think the king here is the URL http://www.boltaconsumer.com/complaints/zong-sim-block#comments11 That directly contains the word Zong Sim Block the reputation of the site http://www.boltaconsumer.com is probably good with Google. Genuine traffic across different parts of the country, no spams, the word complaints in URL may also contribute to its ...


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Google recommends the following in its Webmaster Guidelines: Don't deceive your users or present different content to search engines than you display to users, which is commonly referred to as "cloaking." Instead of giving users a hard link to the AJAX data provider script, why not just provide the index.php link by default and use Javascript to ...


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If you are concerned, I would contact the site administrators for the sites that have your link erroneously and request them to take it down. You can also let them know that a bot has been doing this so they can increase their security.


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If you're using the <b> tag but making it look like normal text then this is black hat SEO. The only reason why someone would do this is to manipulate their search engine rankings. That's a blatant violation of the search engines' terms of service.


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Agree with @Joe's answer, but here are some links which maybe of use Google's spam report page - this includes a list of "problems" and the quality guidelines at the bottom of this page


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Semantically the bold tag doesn't mean much and therefor I wouldn't consider it to be black hat SEO tactics. If however you were to do the same to the strong or em tags you are definitely abusing their use. However, it might not be explicitly mentioned but like everyone has been saying it probably won't do your SEO any good. John makes a good point, why ...


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That is the very definition of black hat SEO. You are serving up different content to the search engines for the explicit purpose of manipulating their rankings. The solution offered by S.gfx is the correct one. Additionally, search engines know that permalink is for that page. There's no need to stuff keywords in there. It won't make a difference anyway.


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It is generally accepted that a third party cannot harm your rankings directly although they obviously can use black hat techniques in an attempt to outrank you. But that would not be a direct attack upon your website. Most SEO ranking factors are related to on-page content of which you have full control. So if a competitor is abusing your site (i.e. links ...


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I did a backlink audit of a potential client's website a couple months ago, and they were previously working with a digital marketing firm. They had many backlinks, in the high hundreds, with well optimized anchor text consisting of only a few phrases. Upon further review, I found that many of the links were coming from obvious content(link) farms with low ...


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No it will not be black hat as you have placed a button to turn it on and off. Imagine if its a black hat then there are millions who are using buttons to hide content using button like "see more".


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That's absolutely safe. The Googlebot only gets upset when you "cloak" content on your page. That is, if you detect the Googlebot user agent and serve up a modified/different page to manipulate the bot.


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Regarding your question about whether or not to inform Google of this issue: no, this appears to clearly be a technical issue on the hosting side. After resolving it on your side, it'll automatically get resolved as Google recrawls your URLs. If this were a web-spam issue (which from your description does not appear to be the case), you could submit a ...


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They are not blackhat tactics. They kinda work. They used to work a lot better. If you build 1000 of them with a tool, then it 's blackhat. But of course it 's 1000 times more effective so pick your poison. ;-)


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You'll find most black hat tactics have their roots in white hat practices, it's my understanding that the mini-net and link wheel concepts are taken from main stream media. Most newspapers and magazines own far more then just one publication they have many niche publications and usually somewhere on each of them it says its owned by x or it's an x ...


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I just came across a recent YouTube video from Matt Cutts on this topic. Google is now letting webmasters disavow links: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=393nmCYFRtA&NR=1


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You appear to be asking "can I alter the AdSense code on pages served by a proxy to get clicks for my AdSense account" - this sounds more like scumware than any kind of black hat practice. If you observe to the AdSense sign up process, you should see the requirement to (a) identify which domains your AdSense code will be used upon and (b) the clause below ...


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Googlebot doesn't have a "viewport size." It's going to see whatever your default layout is. Assuming you're set up with Webmaster Tools, try out the "fetch as Googlebot" feature. There are some third party tools that try to approximate this(search for something like "view as googlebot"), but this is obviously the official reference tool, so you might as ...


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From the sound of it you have taken down all your real content and only left the index page. This is probably one of the worst things you could do because Google is not able to refresh the content and keywords on those pages. You shouldn't return a HTTP status 410 either because that implies the content will never be coming back (although I believe Google ...


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No, because comments are ignored by search engines. Although Flash based websites at are a disadvantage SEO wise because they lack semantic markup and usually lack internal linking as well, they do still benefit from incoming links from other websites in addition to other factors like page title, etc.



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