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<div id='hideMe'> is being used by a lot of the top sites going after tough keywords

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by swi7ch, Nov 9, 2012.

  1. swi7ch

    swi7ch Power Member

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    So I just spent the past 4 hours analyzing the top 30 sites for:

    "payday loans"
    "buy viagra"
    "online sex"
    "louis vuitton"
    "seo company"

    I analyzed the top 30 sites per keyword instead of the top 10 as you'll have non-blackhat sites like Wikipedia etc. on the front page. I then downloaded their backlinks from MajesticSEO and Ahrefs and then analyzed them all using SEO SpyGlass (I also checked their backlinks too using SpyGlass and added these to the list). The great majority of them that have backlinks from pages (NOT domain!) that have a PR of 4 and above, all have <div id='hideMe'> in the source code where the anchor text and link is then placed.

    Is this a trade "secret" or what?
     
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  2. Neo240

    Neo240 Power Member

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    I noticed that on some of my competitors yesterday as well. I wonder how they do it. !!!!
     
  3. swi7ch

    swi7ch Power Member

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    I guess I should provide one example:

    * PR 4 page - http://www.ideg.org/newideg/index.php
    * if you look at the page source and ctrl+F for hideme, you'll see the anchor text and the URL for sites that are ranking for payday loans as well as for other keywords (like viagra)

    I don't know if the sites are doing this on purpose or they are hacked or something else.
     
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  4. dubious

    dubious Regular Member

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    a) They are either hacked and had the code injected
    b) The web development team or SEO team for the money page might sell links erroneously to their clients in exchange for discounted web development or something similar.

    Either way, this is cloaking and Google need to detect it else they simply suck at their job.
     
  5. fung1990

    fung1990 Power Member

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    probably got hacked i think.
    this is old style things already.
     
  6. moneyneeded

    moneyneeded Regular Member

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    I don't think it was hacked bcuz this strategy is helping them especially if google has not detected I wouldn't say it was hacked. Sites don't get hacked to help the site owner out... I doubt it's a just a coincidence all these major sites with highly competitive and paying keywords have the hide me a script... I admit I am no SEO expert but I thin the hide me is there for a reason oh I like also say with all these updates from Google...panda, peguin etc all the more reason
     
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    mikemeth Power Member

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    Those are not hacked links but bought links from link selling systems like sape.ru
     
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  8. m4dm4n

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    they are cloaking the content :) ... only showing it to google
    Code:
    [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Consolas]if(document.getElementById('hideMe') != null){document.getElementById('hideMe').style.visibility = 'hidden';document.getElementById('hideMe').style.display = 'none';}
    
    [/FONT][/COLOR]This peace of code hides the hideMe element and they probably only hide the content for people and letting google see it
     
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  9. gorang

    gorang Elite Member

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    This will not be helping the site rank. The purpose of that code is to feed pagerank out to other sites.

    I don't know if it is hacked or maybe the SEO company is doing it, but this will not help that site hosting the links rank.
     
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    Same here saw someone come to #1 on Google from no where

    After looking at his backlinks @ MajesticSEO I went to the site that was supposed to have a link to this site but I couldnt find any link from site. While the page was loading I see something quickly disappear so I stopped the page from loading and see links to different sites..

    Example

    http://www.fb.org/blog/
     
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    gorang Elite Member

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    Might be a good time to lockdown and secure your wordpress and ftp server. This could mean there is a large vulnerability somewhere if such big sites are being targeted at will.
     
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  12. moneyfreak

    moneyfreak BANNED BANNED

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    Google can easily detect this stuff... Not sure if its helping them really!
    (Most of the time it could be hacked sites just for inserting code)
     
  13. swi7ch

    swi7ch Power Member

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    I guess instead of trying to focus on Web 2.0s, article spinning, blog commenting, etc. I should focus all my energy into learning SQL so I too can inject my anchor text + link on high PR pages with authority.

    :/
     
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  14. swi7ch

    swi7ch Power Member

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    Agree.

    Anyone know the best security plugin for WordPress? I have a feeling it's this - http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/bulletproof-security/ - but maybe something else is better?
     
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    That's amazing bcuz most webmasters would never look for something like that. The wheels are spinning...
     
  16. Smeems

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    Any webmaster that doesn't scour his/her site for things like this is an absolute fool.

    Here's how you guys can protect your site.

    First, get Google to fetch your site as the Googlebot would. This will bring up any hidden links. Easily found in: https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/

    Next, set up an alert whenever anyone updates a page on your website with this: http://www.webchicklet.com/tools/monitorhackdfiles-tool-helps-fight-site-hackers/ - this way you can check if people outside your jurisdiction have edited your site.

    Start tracking failed login attempts with WordPress Login Lockdown: http://www.bad-neighborhood.com/login-lockdown.html - it records the IP address and timestamp of every failed WordPress login attempt. If more than a certain number of attempts are detected within a short period of time from the same IP range, then the login function is disabled for all requests from that range.

    Get this WordPress Firewall Plugin: http://www.seoegghead.com/blog/seo/stop-hackers-with-our-wordpress-firewall-plugin-v12-p544.html - Like any firewall, will attempt to block efforts to breach your site (and your plugins') security.

    All of these things are free - there's no excuse not to protect your site at even the basic level. If you take pride in your work, you would look security breaches like these and would take steps to prevent them. These tools will help.
     
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  17. rockong

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    interesting thread - i'm curious as to learning more about this since the answers are pretty mixed

    does anybody have experience with this hideme thing?
     
  18. We Go

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    This is very interesting, but I can not see what you are looking at ... the only links I see during loading are fb & google .... how did you 'stop' the loading?
     
  19. cm00x

    cm00x Newbie

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    The div is hidden with javascript, Google sad that their bot can run javascript, but I don't think so.
     
  20. HighRiskJohn

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    This site has a ton on "hideme" code on it. A bunch about erictile disfunction, payday loans and E-Cigarettes.