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Can anyone explain how this is done?

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by Curious George, Sep 18, 2009.

  1. Curious George

    Curious George Newbie

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    I've been watching hot trends, and trying to make some money off of them like many others. But what i'm noticing a lot is that there are a few sites that always rank in the top three, at least when you click on the link in the hot trend list. I can understand this for relevant sites, but some legitimate sites are stuffing hot trend keywords.

    Here's an example for the keyword/hot trend sondra huxtable that was up earlier today. Does anyone know how this site does this? I've poked around their site, but can't figure it out. It's a wordpress blog, running 2.7.1 and they've blocked access to their plugin folder.

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    The link goes to a totally irrelevant page.
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    hxxp://rochesterturning.com/2009/09/11/alfred-village-takes-a-stand-can-the-rest-of-us-take-our-cue-from-them/
    Whatever they're doing, it's working for them because they show up a lot in those top 3 blog listings.
     
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    I was just wondering about this myself. I was on the Trends earlier and saw a site under college football scores that was a link to a fresh, completely basic wordpress install that said Sarah Palin and had a bunch of other random College Football scores written into the tags and posts. I think it was sarahpalin.co.uk or something along those lines. It was the second link, on the 22nd most searched term at the time.

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  3. Curious George

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    Yeah, there are definitely a few sites that have figured this out. I see at least 5-10 sites that rank very well because they're either stuffing or scraping. http://www.bollywood91.com i think it's called does nothing but scrape, and hits the top three a lot of the time. I haven't really looked at that site yet though, they may have very good back links.


    I've still been checking out the site I posted above. For some reason it now shows that they're stuffing when you view the page source.

    They've got a hidden div set WAY off to the side with a height of zero. This is what they use:
    Code:
    <div style="left:-2000px;position:absolute;overflow:hidden;height:0px;">
    
    I'm not sure what changed, but this wasn't showing up before. When i checked today, sure enough there was a list of links to the current top 100 hot trends. They're using anchored links, and all the links point to a free host. Here is an example link on their free host site using the inverted nipples keyword phrase.
    If you go to that link, you'll notice that it's a wordpress blog and is just a keyword laden garbage article.

    I'm assuming it just pulls the hottrends feed and then fills it with random keyword stuffed crap. But what's strange is that it only appears to have the current top 100 trends. Perhaps they purge it every hour.

    Now, how they pull those links and anchors into their main site, i'm not sure. Some type of script, maybe simplepie and templates? Or maybe something entirely different. I don't know, and I don't know enough php to make an educated guess.

    I'm fascinated by this site because it's truly a whitehat site. It's got a boatload of backlinks, tons of original content that's updated very frequently, and it's pretty popular amongst the liberal bloggers. Has backlinks on NPR, Huffington post, Michael Moore's site, etc. All HIGH authority sites that are relevant to them.

    Yahoo shows 173000 backlinks to them, and they have a PR5. Why would they risk this with keyword stuffing/hidden links? Or is it that once you get so big, google doesn't care what you do? Or maybe they hired some seo guy to improve their ranking and they don't even know about this?


    In any case, it works well, and google hasn't dropped the banhammer on them yet. Even with all those 'hidden' links. There are a couple of other odd things about these sites that you'll see if you inspect them a little closer, which leads me to believe that whoever set this up is pretty good.

    If anyone else can shed some light on this, please do.