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Avoiding Penguin Using Rewrites In .htaccess

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Unreliable Witness, May 5, 2017.

  1. Unreliable Witness

    Unreliable Witness Regular Member

    Apr 21, 2016
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    I had the following thought, and wanted to see what the consensus on the forum was.

    What I'm trying to do is rebalance an incoming anchor text profile. The implications could be to reduce the effect of a penguin-related algorithmic filter, but also to increase the relevance of expired domains when used for PBNs or redirects.

    From experience, it seems that if a URL redirects to a 410 page then Google ignores the link.

    If you can identify sites (URLs) that use anchor text in the link to your site that you don't want to be taken into consideration by Google (say from Search Console / WMT), could you use the Rewrite Engine in Apache to redirect any traffic from that URL to a page that has a 410 status?

    Going further, could you use

    RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING}

    to identify URLs from certain groups of links, and forward all traffic from those to a 410 status page.

    Would Google treat this negatively as cloaking?