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Backlinks from PDF documents!? Say Whaaaat?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by blackhatbeginner2010, Mar 4, 2011.

  1. blackhatbeginner2010

    blackhatbeginner2010 Regular Member

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    Anyone heard of backlinks from excel files online and pdf files online? i think i read somewhere that they are extremely powerful.. any info givers?
     
  2. wickedworker

    wickedworker BANNED BANNED

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    Based on what Im seeing, sites upload informative PDFs (specially high PR and .edu sites) and links went live. Google will obviously crawl in it and counts you in.
     
  3. davijg

    davijg Newbie

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    Yes it's a good idea to create PDFs of some of your content with links to your money pages. Load them up to PDF directories, Mediafire etc. You get the link juice and people that down load them have links to your money sites to click.
     
  4. beazt

    beazt Power Member

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    And if you want to track how much traffic you are receiving from such links, then use Google's free URL builder for the same:

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    http://www.google.com/support/analytics/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=55578
     
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  5. Cache85

    Cache85 Newbie

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    Intriguing thought
     
  6. dalailama

    dalailama Junior Member

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    Interesting.. never thought of that :)
     
  7. BassTrackerBoats

    BassTrackerBoats Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    I do that all the time with PDFs... it's another wasy of randomizing your backlinking and making Google happy that you are have a well rounded backlinking structure.
     
  8. heinz_1

    heinz_1 Newbie

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    in the past i used PDFs just to put content in.

    analytics software told me that alot of people like to download pdf documents, i think those files help to look serious.

    i'll give the backliink theory a try....
     
  9. Autumn

    Autumn Elite Member

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    Yep, the backlinks most definitely count but they're not "extremely powerful." However it's a good way to scratch out a few more links from places like scribd.
     
  10. Planemos

    Planemos Newbie

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    I had added a .pdf for a product - a product manual. I did it because I saw searches coming into one of my sites related to that and was just trying to be helpful.

    Well, within a week I was ranked in the top ten for the product keyword itself, but it was the pdf file that ranked for the product, not 'product manual'. My actual product page was still much lower in ranking but I had not linked back to it, just stuck the manual up as is.

    So I can't say exactly the effect other than Google seemed to like that pdf and I think everybody knows what to do from there :) - experiment.
     
  11. bezopravin

    bezopravin BANNED BANNED

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    What a Great Coincidence! Micallef raised the same kinda question before 364 days on 5th March but in 2010 and the same question arises on 5th March 2011!!! (Well its already saturday in my timezone)

    http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackhat-seo/black-hat-seo/178287-pdf-links-does-google-follow-them.html

    Answer to your Question: Yes, Google Does Follow and Counts links/backlinks from PDF,Excel,Word and Powerpoint Files.
     
  12. navimeister

    navimeister Regular Member

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    As far as I know, Scribd is no good. They hide the links from Google bot. They cloak! Check cache for a Scribd document.
     
  13. Autumn

    Autumn Elite Member

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    Yep, that wasn't a very good example. They don't cloak exactly but the part that renders the pdfs or docs is in javascript, so it won't be rendered by a SE bot that doesn't execute javascript. However, the pdfs do still get indexed:

    http://www.google.com/search?q=site:scribd.com+filetype:pdf
     
  14. fc-dh

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    I guess that after two years, they have either figured it out, or they have moved on by now, don't you think :D
     
  15. ezomaniak

    ezomaniak Newbie

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    No worth their time.
     
  16. blackberry

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    Is that your opinion or from your vast experience with just 14 posts to your name?


     
  17. BreakAllTheClocks

    BreakAllTheClocks Regular Member

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    Yeah, plenty of sites you can convert documents to pdf and upload:

    Code:
        Scribd
        Docstoc
        Issuu
        Google docs
        4shared
        calameo
        box
        gazho
        keepandshare
        docs.zoho
        docuter
        slideshare
        pdfcast