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About forum profiles and their visibility by G

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by malcomxar, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. malcomxar

    malcomxar Newbie

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    Hi BHW!

    I have a question regarding forum profiles in forums.
    For instance, http://www.odfalliance.org/blog/ allows registration, but a "members list" is not visible anywhere on the site (at least on that page), therefore if I create an account and add my links its quite useless as my profile is unreachable by G, right?

    If so, would pinging my profile link make it visible for G?

    Regards!
     
  2. klawre1221

    klawre1221 Regular Member

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    Yes if you cannot make a publically viewable link google cannot find it.
     
  3. Royalserviceteam

    Royalserviceteam Power Member

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    Exactly that........
     
  4. malilibog

    malilibog Registered Member

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    I totally agree with this...
     
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  5. malcomxar

    malcomxar Newbie

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    Exactly, thats what I have found and that is what generated my doubt.

    Maybe by pinging it they make it "viewable", because otherwise I dont know how that can happen :confused::confused:
     
  6. mrmidjam

    mrmidjam Regular Member

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    More likely that the forum was recently changed to private/required login to view.
     
  7. lanbo

    lanbo Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Wrong for the most part. Certain forums give the "googlebot" agent the ability to see everything.
     
  8. malcomxar

    malcomxar Newbie

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    So, who is firght and who is wrong?? :p
     
  9. Gedankenex

    Gedankenex BANNED BANNED

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    As always, you have the right to doubt the authenticity and truth of what I am saying, but this is the truth based on my actual experiences.

    1. Google can see profiles, even if it requires you to login.

    How do I know this?

    I regularly check the backlinks google has picked up of mine, because I am curious about which of my strategies are effective. Obviously, to protect my website, I won't be revealing it, or my niche =)

    When I looked at my backlinks, I saw forum profiles, when I clicked the link and went to the website, it required me to login. BUt
    when I clicked "CACHE" on Google, it showed me the exact profile, with the backlink, and all relevant registration info, as if I were logged in.

    From this, I can state that Google does see private profiles.
     
  10. malcomxar

    malcomxar Newbie

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    Hey Gedankenex could you provide of a screenshot?

    Anyhow, I wasn't refereing to sites which don't allow profile view (http://www.gptlatino.com/profile/?u=1428)... I was refering to sites like http://www.odfalliance.org/blog/which allow registration but DOESN'T have a "member list" link or sth like that which G can crawl.

    Regards
     
  11. SuperLinks

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    As others have mentioned sometimes certain areas of the forum aren't visible to ALL members but are for Googlebot and other search engine bots.

    A good example of this is when you look at indexed pages for that forum and find members profiles indexed, then when you click on the result from Google it'll show that you must be logged in to view it.

    Then check the Google cache of that members profile and you'll see it how Google see's the page. Chances are if its indexed, then Google's bots can see it (as you can see via cache). Google's not gonna index a user login page, remember that.