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blasting a page with my links in the footer?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by on the r15e, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. on the r15e

    on the r15e Newbie

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    hello BHW. I've been lurking here for a while, and have had engagement here and there, and after reading and trying a couple things out, realized that there was an opportunity in front of my that I had never considered:

    I do a lot of web design / development services, and almost always manage to convince my clients to let me place a backlink to my site (using keywords as anchor text). This anchor text is NOT web design / development related, because I actually specialize in services of a separate niche, with web design / development being just one of many services that I offer.

    Moving on; I've dabbled with various SEO strategies, such as the typical 1st tier social network / web 2.0 profiles / articles, and blasting those links with backlinks from forum profiles or backlink packages, but I started wondering; what would happen if I started blasting some of my client's pages (with my links in the footer) for the sake of passing the link juice to my site? I'm sure there are plenty of other experienced designers / developers on here that have tried this at some point. What are the pros / cons / possible repercussions?
     
  2. XIIII

    XIIII Registered Member

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    Website footer link has been long devalued but it is always good if you are able to put one.

    Actually, this kind of links are fall under "unnatural link" or "paid link" which might harm you if you're overdoing it.

    It is better to create "press release" or "Case study" of your customer website and submit it in various sites. Get a pre-written testimonials for your clients to pick or get them recommend it in your Google Local Page.

    Another good way is to create a "partners" page for your customer website and include your website inside.

    Remember, having multiple repeated link with same keyword, same position from a same website does nothing. A single link from a inner page is far more valuable.
     
  3. reallife

    reallife Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    I wanted to echo the comments about the value of footer links - one of the things I found when first bashed by the Panda last year, was that when I removed a bunch of footer links inbound to my sites, many of the sites rebounded quite a bit. Be careful how much you rely on footer links.
     
  4. on the r15e

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    Thanks for the advice guys. I've always heard that google values footer links less, but I wasn't sure if there was still some way I could attempt to boost their value somehow by building backlinks to one of the pages with footer links.

    I don't know how google's algorithm works, but my logic was this:

    Let's assume a spider crawls a backlink it indexed from a blog comment with targeted anchor text; I imagine the spider must then keep a cookie / cache of that anchor text's content as it follows the link to the new page; it then crawls the html of the backlinked page, searching for relevant keywords / additional links; it then crawls the footer link with similar anchor text; if this cookie / cache theory is correct, I imagine some sort of value is then formulated in all of this, resulting in "link juice".

    Granted, the rest of the content on the page may not be totally relevant, but I figured this would have to still yield some sort of result?

    Regardless, I appreciate the feedback. Luckily, I'm not depending on my footer links as the backbone of my SEO strategies. In fact, as I mentioned in my first post, I hadn't even really thought about trying to boost their strength until recently, hence the start of this thread :D
     
  5. reallife

    reallife Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    The logic generally makes sense - I'm not one of those people smart enough to reverse engineer stuff though, so I don't know how/why footer links would differ in the way Google views them. I only have drawn conclusions (faulty or not) by results, and apparently penalties that I got on some sites post-Panda seemed to be reversed in the Panda update that happened after I removed the footer "semi link farms" - even though I didn't touch any sidebar "semi link farms." Now, with what I'm seeing in the last month or so, I have to wonder whether some of the sidebar link lists I'm using are getting similar G treatment :(
     
  6. shuttercraft

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    I lost huge ranking when a high pr site that had lots of links in the footer back to me got blacklisted. I don't know why it affected me so much but it did.