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privacyfanatic

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Msg#: 3033 posted 7:11 pm on Feb 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

Hi.

Qestion....

let's say I'm a reporter, and I'm researching a controversial subject... I go to Yahoo and type in a search term (which is a loaded word).

I get a SERP with a good hit on it. So I right click on it and choose Copy Link Location

Then I paste it into the addy bar and replace the K=loadedword with K=commonword and hit enter.

Will the webmaster be able to tell that I did that? (Let's say the common word is one that would have brought them up in the SERP anyway)

Or if he *could* tell... would he know what the original word was?

Would it help if I first searched the common word and got a SERP on that before I pasted the edited link in the addy bar? (Does the info in the referer field as I leave Yahoo contain the search word IOW?)

Thanks.

 

Dreamquick

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Msg#: 3033 posted 8:08 pm on Feb 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

um I'm kind of puzzled about what you're trying to achieve, so if I don't get this quite right my apologies.

Does the info in the referer field as I leave Yahoo contain the search word IOW?

Yes, it'll be the URL of the current page - including any parameters (such as search terms)

Will the webmaster be able to tell that I did that? (Let's say the common word is one that would have brought them up in the SERP anyway)

As long as you actually loaded the results page for the "common" search term and followed the link from there, then there'd be no way to tell that the 2nd set of results were "staged" to avoid exposing the "loaded" keyword.

That said finding a "non-loaded" search that leads to that exact same page might be somewhat tricky if you're dealing with highly-focused landing pages which only work well for the "loaded" search terms.

Does of course beg the question - if "keyword 1" and "keyword 2" both return that site in the results then why not just search for "keyword 2" in the first place and avoid all the problems?

- Tony

privacyfanatic

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Msg#: 3033 posted 12:25 am on Feb 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

"Does of course beg the question - if "keyword 1" and "keyword 2" both return that site in the results then why not just search for "keyword 2" in the first place and avoid all the problems?"

Well... let's say I'm searching "john gotti". There may not be many SERP pages for that search, so I'll have an easier time finding an appropriate link. So I look at the 3 or 4 lines under an interesting link and I can tell if it's going to give me what I'm after. Let's say it's a link to Gotti's attorney's website. I could probably get there by searching "defense attorney", but who knows how many zillion pages I'd have to go through before I see the same link in that SERP. Since I already see it in the SERP for "john gotti", I could just replace john+gotti with defense+attorney, then search "defense attorney" and when that SERP loads,then paste the link with defense+attorney in it and go to the site.

Make sense?

privacyfanatic

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3033 posted 12:37 am on Feb 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

Hmm... can't see a way to edit what I just posted...

I just looked at your reply a second time.. you said...

"As long as you actually loaded the results page for the "common" search term and followed the link from there,.."

I'm not "following the link" in the sense of clicking on it... I may or may not be able to find the same link in the SERP for the "common" term anyway, so I'll *have* to get it from searching the "loaded" term if that's the case. If I *did* find it in the SERP for the common term, then yes, I'd click it, why make extra work for myself.

But, after reading my reply above you might see why I want to do it my way.

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