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Questions tagged [blackhat]

Unethical SEO tactics that are used to get higher rankings.

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Would Google consider it door way pages to create pages for each menu item that are very similar and allow online ordering?

Let's say I have a food delivery business that offers pizzas, hot dogs, ice cream, burritos, etc. My website has a page titled "What food do we offer" and that page has a list of food types each ...
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Is this far-right tabloid newspaper successfully gaming Google's news search results?

If you search for "weather uk" in Google's news tab, the top-three result fields look fishy. The only non-tabloid newspaper appearing there is The Independent: There no highly-acclaimed newspapers, ...
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Google index spamming with our company name

One of our competitors has somehow spammed our full company name into the Google index like this: http://www.competitorwebsite.example/our-full-company-name/ When we visit the link, though, it goes ...
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Registering domain name, but there were old sites

I am going to buy a domain name to build a WordPress related business. When I search my desire domain name I found that it is available. But when checking the domain name in the Wayback Machine, I ...
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A domain is 301ing all its URLs to my site - will it affect my sites SEO?

A random domain is 301ing all its URLs to my domain. When you request a URL to the domain in question via https, it responds by 301ing to my site (also https) with the original request URL intact. ...
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When somebody is creating bad back links to my site from forums in other languages, what should I do to prevent SEO problems?

I have a site and somebody is creating bad back links in different types of forum sites. They are creating new links every day using comments and signatures. The sites with these back links aren't ...
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Can I prevent competitors from finding the links to my site by linking through an intermediate domain blocked from SEO tools?

I'm facing a problem where competitors constantly trying to steal my links by outreaching. This is also useful in a black hat scenario. Create an intermediate domain, and redirect it to my main site, ...
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How can I get a map or basic picture of discovered pages?

I'm working on a small business website at http://theflooringninja.com and trying to see if there's evidence of anything blackhat. The website is conceptually small; the point is to get traffic ...
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Blackhat - Copying competitor content before it is indexed

The title pretty much sums up the question. I am in a very competitive niche. Despite having a relatively strong site my content does not always get indexed straight away. I have recently had a ...
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301 redirect from high DA sites to current site

Currently, a high DA site is going to be decommissioned. Although separate entities/organization, but related topics, is it advisable to purchase the high DA site just to 301 redirect to the current ...
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Is it considered blackhat to show structured data to search engine bots but not humans?

Is it considered blackhat if the JSON-LD structured data is only shown to search engines? The content is still present on the web-site for users, but it's only marked up as structured data when we ...
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Owning multiple unestablished domains and redirecting to one domain

If I was to own multiple unestablished domain names such as abc.com xyz.com hij.co.uk etc... for the purpose of keeping them away from my competitors, and then I was to 301 redirect them to one domain;...
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How can report to google that the reporter of a DMCA request not copyright owner?

For a removed URL by Google DMCA report, how can report to google that the reporter of a DMCA request not copyright owner?
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Does Google punish pyramid linking and does reverse negative SEO exist?

There are thousands of online companies that sell various linking building services, such as: Private Blog Networks (PBN) User Generated Links (forum signatures, blog comments etc) Pyramid Link ...
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Should I nofollow banners that leads to internal pages?

I know there is no use to nofollow links that leads to other internal pages, but my banners appears on every page of my site, and they're both linking to two articles in the same site. Should I ...
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Is finding and using expired domains for backlinks considered Black-Hat?

http://www.matthewwoodward.co.uk/tutorials/build-expired-web-2-0-networks-increase-rankings/ This guide shows how to identify and generate backlinks for a website. If one was to follow this guide: ...
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Make Clear to user which areas covered without keyword stuffing

Hi we have a catering website one of our main niches is birthday party catering. One of our main selling points is that we cover all suburbs and towns. It is essential for us (or at least for my boss)...
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How to solve Google cache displaying links to other websites [closed]

Google's cache is mine, but the cached page link is somebody else's when I view Google's cache My website http://www.hldressbandage.com/ I've been unable to solve this, does anyone else know?
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Can I use completely different keywords in a long-tail without affecting my rank?

The example: I need to rank for free x123456 templates and free y123456 themes, but I don't want to use two different long-tails, so can I use it like this free x123456 y123456 templates themes, ...
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Why Analytics showing non existing pages in active pages?

I am facing weired suitation in my analytics tool , My website getting referrals from a porn site and I can see some porn related pages in active page section in analytic report ( both in real-time ...
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What is the purpose of spam registration bots?

I have been intrigued by this for a while, and haven't been able to find a solution elsewhere, so I was wondering if anyone here knew the answer: Since I have set up my personal website, I have ...
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Hidden link For SEO and back link for our clients site we developed

We are a web design and development Company. We create many site and we have lot of portfolio items. Normally we put link in footer of sites for we developed as very small text. Some client and US ...
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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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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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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 content (...
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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 bot,...
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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 ...