What We Learnt From a Pills Link Hacker

April 18, 2011

This post is a first for me. First time there is a guest post (well semi-guest) on this site. It also is my first collaboration with one of my favourite Research SEOs Neyne.  Neyne (Real name Branko Rihtman) doesn’t blog very often, but when he does it is always worth a read. This is a [...]

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Wordpress Plugins Security Flaw – A Blackhats Dream

April 8, 2011

Part of understanding Blackhat and Hacker Spam is to put yourself it their mindset. And that means asking “How Can I Use This For My Benefit?”
Well I have been doing a lot of that lately. And one of the genius ideas that I had was full site takeovers. Then I toned it down. And then [...]

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Content Spinning : Article Spinning

April 6, 2011

The Best Content Spinner

An Idiots Guide to Content Spinning!
Everyone has heard of Article Spinning. Many SEOs and Affiliates have tried it. But I dont think a large number of SEOs understand it. Let’s take the no.1  result on the search “Article Spinning”
(shock horror, its wikipedia )
Article spinning is a search engine optimization technique [...]

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SERP Scraping for Fun and Profit Case Study: Facebook

March 30, 2011

So a little while ago I pointed out that Facebook is running a massive Grayhat Strategy to Rank for Longtail in the SERPs, essentially carrying out SERP Sniffing to an insanely large scale, with the view of potentially building a community driven Content Farm. Some really interesting questions popped to mind:

How many keywords are they [...]

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Thousands of Sites that Ban you from Linking to them.

March 28, 2011

I always enjoy reading stuff Malcolm Coles puts out. Today, he just dropped a really well written post:
15 more sites that forbid you from linking to them
Insanity?
Yes. It is. In this day and age more links means more more more rankings. So why are these sites not allowing people to link to them?
Legal Legacy
I blame [...]

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How Long Does a Google Penalty for Bad Links Last?

March 22, 2011

Not long if you are owned by Google.
Guess who is back in the SERPs with a vengence?I wrote about Beat that Quote and started ranking for it, in fact, I was at position 1 until today morning (they were penalised for shady SEO only a couple of weeks ago).
Jump To: Quick Answer! ===>
Now lets [...]

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Beat That Quote, Car insurance Aggregator!

March 16, 2011

Is Google screwing about with UK Car Insurance Autocomplete (or Suggest as we know it) results?
Maybe. And I have data to suggest it.
In my last post, I demonstrated how it is in fact possible to Manipulate Google suggest. I also pointed out that it is possible to do this for a number of reasons, one [...]

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Manipulating Google Suggest Results – An Alternative Theory

March 8, 2011

Google Suggest is a Reputation Management Nightmare at times. A number of companies have been hit and hurt by results that show up with “Company Name + Scam” for example. The problem with those results is that when users see the suggestion, they are immediately tempted to click on them, as opposed to their original [...]

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Google Hints at Using User Signals via their Spam Extension.

March 3, 2011

So for those of you who read my google Nostalgia post, must have om across th google Friends newsletter. Yes the news letter is still running. ad I just got mine. I picked up the following tidbit which I thought was interesting. Have copied the relevant section, but the highlights are mine:
POWER TIP
Block sites from [...]

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Facebook SEO – Grayhat SEO in Practice?

February 28, 2011

For those of you who read my blog, you must have come across my post on SERP Sniffing. In short, I define SERP Sniffing as:
Utilising Gray / Blackhat techniques to research SERP weaknesses so as to exploit them for Whitehat Purposes.
The strategy entails creating hordes of auto gen content, launching it on SERPs, and capturing [...]

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