---- Do PPC Ads Count as Backlinks That Increase PR
brizad - 8:55 am on Sep 1, 2004 (gmt 0)
I launched a site a while back where I only used PPC - the site had no backlinks. The site appeared in lots of the directories(spam search sites) that link to their own serp results and Googlebot crawled the whole site. Therefore, I strongly believe that Googlebot can follow non href urls.
I've had sites in development that don't have a single link or PPC to them but g-bot (and others) still finds them. I've always assumed that g-bot spiders the registrars and whois. That is the only logical way that they would find these sites.
Or on the other hand, maybe G has some sort of random word/URL generator that tries every single word combination possible and it just automatically goes to that random URL to see if a site is possibly there. I think the it is probably the former though. ;-)