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Could Alphabet’s Hidden Link To Hooli Get It Banned In Google?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by metafser, Aug 11, 2015.

  1. metafser

    metafser Regular Member

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    Alphabet, the new company planned to eventually absorb Google, might be off on the wrong foot with its soon-to-be subsidiary. It turns out that Alphabet is already violating Google?s guidelines against search spam.

    It?s unlikely Alphabet will suffer any serious penalty, given the violation is apparently part of a joke. But technically, Alphabet is doing something that Google warns against.

    Several people have spotted that the Alphabet home page has a secret link. This link leads to Hooli [XYZ], which is the research arm of the fictional Hooli company in HBO?s comedy series, Silicon Valley.

    You?ll only spot the link if you scan through the source code of the home page or if you click on a period at the end of a sentence midway down the page that talks about Google?s drone delivery effort, Wing. Here?s the section and the source code:

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    Funny. But not so funny when you consider it precisely violates Google?s guidelinesabout hidden links:

    Source: SEL and https://abc.xyz/
     
  2. jak19

    jak19 Elite Member

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    well spotted, love that series btw
     
  3. gb

    gb Regular Member

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    Big Head making moves.
     
  4. asap1

    asap1 BANNED BANNED Jr. VIP

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    Well the guidelines says "Hiding text or links in your content to manipulate Google's search rankings can be seen as deceptive and is a violation of Google's Webmaster Guidelines"

    So if you aren't trying to manipulate rankings then you should be ok, that's what a lawyer's defence would be :)
     
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  5. junglist08

    junglist08 Junior Member

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    Stop snitching.
     
  6. metafser

    metafser Regular Member

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    Got it now mate. You are absolutely right. I was a little bit confused after reading this post on SEL.
     
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    You read the news wrong.
     
  8. metafser

    metafser Regular Member

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    You are talking like rubbish. Have you seen source point. I mentioned that in the end of this thread.
     
  9. ThopHayt

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    I wonder how long until the new alphabet site gets crap tons of negative SEO links by angry noobs.

    Watching its ranking should be an interesting case study.