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Do you think Google spies on SEO's using Chrome or no?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Anonoptimization, May 30, 2016.

  1. Anonoptimization

    Anonoptimization Power Member

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    What do you all think?

    I know Google doesn't have policies against spying on people but I'm not sure if they would spy on smaller time people but it is disturbing to think they could if they want.
     
  2. xplosiv

    xplosiv Power Member

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    I doubt it. They probably don't give a shit unless you'ee one of those dumb fuck SEO's that brags about their hundreds of pbns all over the internet lol. Still, I avoid using chrome/gmail just in case they decide to go through my shit. The amount of computing power to focus on a few tiny SEOs would be astronomical and just isnt worth their time most likely.
     
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  3. deltaone

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    They don't have the resources to go after small fish like you and me
     
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  4. BlogPro

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    I do a lot of work in SEO.

    Own several PBN, niche and authority sites.

    Own a Chromebook to login to banks, adwords, PayPal and GA dashboard.

    Use Chrome as my browse of choice on my Macbook, phone and iPad.

    Use Google Apps to manage my emails.

    Haven't noticed a drop in rankings unless it was for an issue that could've easily been resolved.

    TL;DR - Stop over thinking
     
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  5. macdonjo3

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    If you're that paranoid, why don't you just sit down for a while and read through the Chrome terms of service and find out yourself? Maybe open up Wireshark and check yourself?
     
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    NSA would tho :D
     
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    They don't really care for solutions they can't automate/scale, plus they already are way better than any other search engine, they're not that pressed to be so agressive against spam.
     
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    I have a feeling that Google does spy on people's browsing habits but not in the way you think.

    They probably do it in a way that doesn't focus on personally identifiable information.

    Instead, they focus on broad trends.

    If you are worried that Google will figure out whatever SEO trick you have up your sleeves, you might be on to something.

    I'm sure it doesn't focus on individual violators of its terms, but if it sees certain broad trends as far as SEO is concerned, I wouldn't be surprised if it gets incorporated into its algorithm.

    With that said, PBN methods have been around for a long time and it seems that Google hasn't caught on yet.

    So, I have a feeling that people are giving Google more credit as far as far-ranging SEO intelligence is concerned.
     
  9. codeman1234

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    I personally think they do, dont forget Google is IA and if have the resources to find fake sites like PBNs why they would not do the same with software they develop?

    Also, once I tried to uninstall chrome from windows xp and it seems even you uninstall it still remains hidden files from this software, why you think is that? If you don't believe me do it your self and go where windows keeps user files for fast loading and you will see that it does not let you delete chrome remaining file, what other reason than spying on user habits would those files have?

    Even if you are small fish don't underestimate the fight Google has against black hat methods.

    Use Opera or Firefox, just to be sure and if I where you I would not use Gmail either.
     
  10. goldenkiid

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    I do not think so. I would have been penalized long time go if this was the case.
     
  11. mazilla

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    Haha, I'm pretty sure Google knows a lot about us. I did some tests. The question is what does G do with this info?
     
  12. vikiendu

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    Assuming that Google does that, what will happen if that secret spotted by some programmers/developers/coders... and the news becomes viral ?

    G will never self-destroy their reputation that silly way.
     
  13. THUNDERELVI

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    Lol, just because a program leaves behind hidden files in your system does not mean that the program is spying on you. TONS of programs do that, even popular ones. The files that Chrome leaves behind are mostly saved settings/cache/cookies etc... everything that goes on in a Chrome profile. The reason is because if you decide to install Chrome again, everything will be there and you won't have to create profiles again and change settings or whatever you do that is personalized in your Chrome profiles. Also, the files can be manually deleted with no problems. As someone else said above, do NOT overthink this - instead focus on ranking your sites and stop worrying what Google does.

    Since Firefox started going down the hill, for the past 2 years straight, I have used Chrome in every laptop/desktop/VPS/phone, I also use Gmail for everything (even the business email addresses I have forward everything to Gmail), YT and a couple other Google Apps and nothing has happened. Google does spy on users via Chrome and its apps, but it does that for advertising purposes, so it can show you highly targeted ads based on your browsing habits and activities and sometimes it does this in a very aggressive way.

    It CAN afford to spy on users for ads, because 90% of Google's income comes from advertising, so whatever resources and investments are poured on spying users are made back with no problems. But, can Google afford to spend billions in machine learning algorithms to spy on users for SEO purposes and to hire more people to find us who do SEO?! I highly doubt it. Instead, Google is pouring those billions in creating even smarter algorithms to rank pages (even though the era of pure AI ranking pages is still far behind), so do yourself a favor and try to manipulate the algorithm, that's the way you are going to rank and make money.