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I came across a website ranked #1 and I noticed that it has hundreds of incoming links coming from guestbooks. In fact, it looks like each guestbook entry is identical as if the posts were automated. My question is: wouldn't Google frown upon this? Does Google detect this sort of thing? Would Google punish the website for this?
Does Google detect this sort of thing? Would Google punish the website for this?
I posed this same question to GoogleGuy and his answer was that Google doesnt punish or penalize sites with links in guestbooks, rather, those links in guestbooks are no longer counted towards any PageRank. If you had 200 in-bound links from guestbooks and 5 other in-bound links ... Google would only look at the 5 other in-bound links when ranking your site.
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Google may have/develop a way to discount the value of such links but I doubt very much that they would punish the website in question. Otherwise anyone could do the same to get a competitors site banned or penalised.
Hopefully you'll get some more feedback from others members with *loads* more google expertise than me.
On one keyword phrase we try to optimize for the #1 site has about 176 backlinks (about a dozen from internal and some different external). The rest are guestbook links linking with the keyword phrase to the #1 site. The page doesn't look to be that optimized but they have the #1 position because I believe of the inbound link text from the guestbooks.
The page doesn't look to be that optimized but they have the #1 position because I believe of the inbound link text from the guestbooks.
This will change very soon. The new algo Google is testing with Domonic this month no longer counts guestbook links.
The sites you see in the rankings that only have guestbook links will dissapear soon.
Wake me when that happens. Right now guestbooks, free for all links and domain name rule the world because Google has chosen for that to be so. We'll see what happens next but it is unlikely that this trash rose to the surface just before being skimmed off.
And sites that DON'T utilize guestbook links are right here and right now ALSO doing extremely well across the board, so I don't think anyone can draw a valid conclusion UNLESS someone can produce a site that is #1 AND has inbounds from guestbooks ONLY.
Almost certainly it was. I just checked, and Google is *still* running that Adword by a company that for a fee advertises they'll spam any URL you want to 300,000 guestbook. YES, that's right. They claim they'll spam 300K guestbooks for the money you pay them.
>My question is: wouldn't Google frown upon this?
Not enough that they won't take your Adword money if you run a guestbook spamming company.
>Does Google detect this sort of thing?
According to Googleguy yes. However, any algo filter can be flawed and not filter some. Almost all guestbooks could be spotted because they are using off the shelf software that has obvious signature characteristics. However, if some HTML coder hacked together his own home grown guestbook software, this sort of one off code could be very difficult for an algo to spot.
>Would Google punish the website for this?
If so, then paying $130 to that company I mentioned before that will spam 300,000 guestbooks for that fee is all it will take to hose any competitor. Anyone wanna chip in so we can add the URL [microsoft.com...] to 300,000 guestbooks? ;) Europeforvisitors, a regular poster here, posted that a competitor spammed a ton of guestbooks with his URL. I noticed that one of my enemies, my guess main nemesis from Usenet I flame a lot who likes e-mail bombing me every week or so through proxies, spammed my URL to a few dozen guestbooks. Looks like my enemy is to dumb to actually write a guestbook spamming bot himself, and too cheap to spend $130 to spam my URL to thousands of guestbooks. If Google starts punishing websites for guestbook links, expect to see massive guestbook spamming become common practice against competitors, and also by people who for the old fashioned reasons of spite, malice and revenge do this with URLs of sites of people they don't like. For years people have been sending mass spam e-mails pretending to be the competition to get a competitor's website hosting yanked. There is even a phrase for this practice: doing a "joe job" on someone. Hopefully spamming competitor's URLs to do a "joe job" on them with search engines won't become the wave of the future. :(
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As for the guestbook issue, allow me to add my two cents worth. I do contract SEO work for a number of sites and industries, and up to this point (today), guestbooks have indeed provided keyphrase positioning weight for us on Google.
I've had best results using a ratio of about 5% ...that is, posting 5 guestbook inbounds (on industry relevant sites which have guestbooks) per 100 reciprocals with other webmasters.
Well that's it for now.
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>And for what my input is worth, I can assure you that I've found #1 ranking sites for fairly competetive websites that soley have incoming links from guestbooks.
OK, prove it to me by stickymail, and I'll post here if I find this to be true. The condition of this challenge is as follows:
#1) These must be 1 or 2 word searches without question marks, and must be the #1 site listed.
#2) This must be a search term that is commercially competitive, and that likely some dishonest SEO would actually want to cheat to be #1 for. For example, using SEO techniques I could probably get to #1 for "coelacanth". The reason being none of the sites about this fish are bothering in the least with SEO. It's easy with SEO to do well with search words that other sites score high on only by accident, not design.
#3) The site must on alltheweb.com show no backlinks other than guestbooks. Google with the link: command only shows pages with a PR of 4 or higher. It is possible that while Google shows only guestbooks in the backlinks for a page, it has backlinks which are <PR4.
Should anyone prove this to my satisfaction, I will publicly post acknowledging that they have met the challenge.
You used to seem so rational and insightful. I really feel the latest events have rattled you a bit. Endless high strung rants...
Why would anyone care at all about you "acknowledging publicly" that they have met YOUR challenge. It's quite laughable. No offence, but you are taking yourself WAY too seriously these days.
OK, let's do it this way. I challenge anyone to post this proof publicly to alt.internet.search-engines on Usenet *for all the world to see*. Don't stickymail me. Post it to Usenet. Everyone here can access Usenet using [groups.google.com....] This way nobody has to take my word. The proof will be public record.
Google will have to simultaneously ignore pagerank and discern what all the guestbooks are.
This would be rather easy using a simple logic such as:
IF page title contains "guestbook"
THEN ignore links on page for PageRank
It wouldnt take long for guestbook script developers to spread the word about having "guestbook" in your GuestBook's page title to fend off spammers just looking for Google PR.
I wonder if message boards, discussion forums, Yahoo Groups messages/links ... are considered to be similar to guestbooks. Most of these are moderated and therefore are somewhat immune to spam. However, one could fill these too with links to desired sites, even though not of the order of 300K!
I am asking this because I have seen results from Yahoo Groups and other message boards appear in my Google searches. Will Google filter these out in future or should I too start posting messages?
Not necessarily so. For example, I commonly post on a website bulletin board with a link to my main site in the .sig. This site is on topic to what that board is about. And, what about boards that are moderated they don't care what the topic of the .sig, so long as the poster is a regular and obviously not there just to spam? Also, a lot of website message boards aren't agressively moderated like Webmasterworld. Posting links occasionally would be tolerated. Particularly if it was well disguised. Consider if I posted on one "Hey guys, take a look at this bozo's site: [mydomain.com"....] Where mydomain.com happens to be *my* site, and they don't realize I am really dropping it for search engine spiders.
Secondly, I wonder why the Google Groups is not spidered (but Yahoo Groups is spidered) because I find some of those groups to be very relevant to my site.
I have just finish making my 70 page web site. It’s main keyword is <key word>. All the 70 pages are targeted to a keyword adding suffixes & prefixes to its main keyword. (Ex: <free blue key word>, <red key word widget>, <blue fuzzy key word>, …)
In the past three months (I’m just 3months old when it comes to SEO) I’ve red all the articles on SEO @ webmasterworld including Brett_Tabke. I have optimize my site to perfection. All of my pages contain more than 300 words H1, H2 tags, alt, keyword domain, keywords in url’s & files etc.
Now the only problem that I have is my inbound linking campaign! As I don’t have my own unique content (I use ifriends Affiliate program) I think submitting to OPD is pointless. Also I don’t have the kind of money to get a priority submission for yahoo directory or to buy auto submitting software in order to get links from directories as I come from a very poor country in south Asia.
At the moment the only links that I’m getting is links from <key word> guestbook’s (PR 4-6), but will I be penalized for getting hundreds of links from guestbook’s? if not will it be better if I submit the guestbook URL to google after signing it? Other than this from where cam I get good inbound links?
Also I have 13 web pages @ geocities under “<key word>” category with PR 3 – 5 so if l link all of these pages to my main site will I be penalized for spamming?
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[edited by: ciml at 6:52 pm (utc) on May 10, 2003]
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In my opinion, you should not need to worry about the links from guestbooks. It is true that search engines might not count those links (Google ignored guestbook links for a short while last year), but they ought not to do you any harm.
First, try to add useful, interesting content to your site. Learn all about your subject, and provide information to your visitors. The more good content you have, the more your visitors that have other web sites are likely to want to link to you.
Second, find similar websites and write to the webmaster requesting a link. You might want to first provide a link from your website to theirs, and mention this in your letter.
Third, find directories that include your subject, and submit your site.
Over time, you will see the backlinks show up. Good luck.
By the way... it seems clear (from Googleguy's comments)that Google is moving to eliminate the value of Guestbook links. While this doesn't seem to have taken full effect yet, it will probably be in effect soon. I wouldn't waste time signing guestbooks.
Considering Google is actually selling Adwords to a company that brags about how many guestbooks they can sign a URL using a spambot, it would be unethical for Google to penalize any site for guestbook links. A competitor could pay this company to spam their competition's URL to a thousand guestbooks, get them banned, and Google literally profiting by them doing this. Looks to me like Google currently does have in the algo to ignore guestbook links. While they still show with the link: command, for ranking purposes Google ignores them. Occasionally some sites do temporarily get somewhere by spamming guestbooks. This is because no algo is perfect. Some guestbooks might not be spottable by the algo. While Google could spot and filter all common guestbook scripts, they would miss cases where the webmaster modified the standard script such that they wouldn't recognize it. And, some websites out there are running guestbook scripts that they wrote themselves, and thus will be missed by a filter that ignores only off the shelf guestbook scripts lots of sites are running. Thus, every now and then a site will do well with guestbook links.
I don’t have my own unique content, all of my 70 pages points to an affiliate website, I’m in the adult industry, my site not even listed by google. As ciml mentioned who will ever give me a link even if I link back?
My question is this if I make an adult webmaster resource page witch link to my home page (www.adult-webmaster-resource.my-keyword-domain.com) & add useful interesting content relating to my keyword. Also this pages doesn’t contain any add’s but only links to my home page!
1. Is it possible to submit this sub domain to OPD instead of the mydomain.com. Is there a chance getting listed?
2. I'm planning to give away a free CD’s to everyone who links this resource page. (In our country any CD is just 1-2 $, form Britney Spears to front page 2002). What do you guys think will this plan work?