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Fantastic Footprints - What they REALLY are & How to Get/Create Them

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by crazyflx, Jan 14, 2011.

  1. crazyflx

    crazyflx Elite Member

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    When it comes to doing blackhat SEO, one thing you'll find yourself needing time & time again, is a good footprint. Whether it be so you can spam a certain type of site, want to check out your competition or are just in need of a certain type of search result, you're going to need a footprint.

    Before I go any further, like any good book does, I'm going to wet your appetite with a good intro. To do that, I'm going to share one of the coolest footprints I've ever made that you've likely needed at one point but didn't know you could do...a footprint that will only return results that have YOUR keyword/keyword phrase IN THE DOMAIN of the URL.

    Since Google doesn't have an "indomain" operator (though in my opinion they should), you need to do this:

    Code:
    inurl:"http://  *keyword* .com/"
    Now, just so you can see how it works, just copy and paste that (without replacing "keyword" with something else) into Google and click search...and now you have every domain that has the word "keyword" in the root domain...

    Now imagine replacing keyword with a keyword related to your niche...could you think of a better laser targeted footprint for gathering sites related to yours to do link exchanges with? Probably not.

    Now to get out some frustration

    I see CRAPPY footprints being thrown around all the time, even in eBooks that you can buy. For instance, if you want to gather WordPress URLs that you can comment on, "powered by wordpress" is NOT a good footprint. For one, it is going to return sites that aren't even blogs, but rather sites that talk about how "powered by wordpress" is used to gather blog sites. Just as an example, in just a couple of hours, THIS THREAD will be returned in the search results of people searching "powered by wordpress"...see what I'm saying?

    So, what is a good footprint?

    A great footprint, is one that returns the largest amount of results that are EXACTLY what you're looking for in the shortest period of time, without having to filter results afterwards.

    If you gather wordpress blogs using the footprint "powered by wordpress" and then try to comment on them, you're going to have an abysmal success rate. You'll need to filter your results first...by why do that? A good footprint is making GOOGLE filter your results...that is what a search engine is supposed to do afterall isn't it?

    So how do you create a good footprint?

    While this may seem like common sense, a lot of people forget the first step in creating a good footprint, and that is to TRULY define what it is you want as your end result.

    If you say to yourself, "I need wordpress blogs" that isn't defined enough. Why do you want wordpress blogs? Is it to comment on them? If so, then what you REALLY want, are the BLOG POSTS of wordpress blogs (afterall, you can't comment on RSS feeds, tag pages, or sitemaps now can you?).

    But even then, that isn't defined well enough either. Plenty of blogs out there have comments closed, so you need to FURTHER define what you want...and that is "WordPress blog posts that have comments open". Now that you know EXACTLY what you're looking for, you need to create a footprint that finds them.

    First step in doing this, is visiting a couple of blogs, locating their blog post pages, looking them over, and finding a common denominator...that is, something that appears on every page of their blog posts. This is where you'll start gaining some traction in putting together your footprint. Open up notepad, and type 3 or 4 things that you find on every wordpress blog post page that has comments open.

    Things like: Name, Email, Website, Comment, Leave a Reply, Submit Comment, etc.

    Now it doesn't always have to be something on the page, it could be something in the URL that is always a common denominator (in WordPress blog post pages, this isn't the case, but for other things it may be).

    Once you've got some things written in notepad, visit another blog and check to see if the things you've written appear on that page as well, if only a couple do, remove the things that don't and then visit another and another.

    Now that you've got your common denominators written down, you come to the point of actually creating the footprint. To do that, you'll need to know what "boolean operators" are.

    What is a a "Boolean Operator"?

    I'm not going to go too in depth here, as there are far better write ups about operators than I could write here. An excellent one to read is located here. The basic definition of a boolean operator is this: Boolean operators define the relationships between words or groups of words.

    To go over just a few:

    Putting something in quotes, like this "apples and oranges" will return only search results that have apples and oranges as that exact phrase, appearing somewhere on the page.

    Use of the word AND (all in caps), like this apples AND oranges will return only search results that have the word apples and the word oranges somewhere on the page, but not necessarily together. In other words, it says it has to have BOTH of the words you've typed.

    Use of the word OR (all in caps), like this apples OR oranges will return only search results that have either the word apples or the word oranges or both, on the page.

    Use of the * symbol. The * is treated as a wildcard (my favorite operator). You use this in conjunction with other operators or by itself. One use of it might be "submitted on 2010-01-*" which will return pages that have had things submitted in either the month of January or the first day of any month of the year.

    How do you use boolean operators to FINALLY create your footprint?

    Well, as you probably discovered when looking over page after page of the types of pages you want to collect, there a lot of things that are common amongst them, but with minute differences. Going back to the wordpress example, you might have found that

    Name
    Email
    Leave a Reply
    Comment
    Submit Comment

    appear on a lot of the pages, but some have minor differences like:

    Name
    Mail or Email or E-Mail
    Leave a Comment or Leave a Reply or Leave a Response
    Submit Comment or Submit or Post Comment

    So what do you do to create the footprint? Well, you use the things that are common along with a little boolean operator magic to create something like:

    "name" AND "*mail" AND "Leave a *" AND "Comment" AND "* Comment"

    Lets break that down:

    "name" <- guarantees that name appears on the page somewhere

    "*mail" <- guarantees that email or e-mail or email or mail appears on the page somewhere.

    "leave a *" <- guarantees that leave a reply or leave a comment appears on the page somewhere.

    "comment" <- guarantees that comment appears on the page somewhere.

    "* comment" <- guarantees that post comment or leave comment or submit comment appears on the page somewhere.

    The use of the word AND (all in caps) between all of those <- guarantees that ALL of the above ALL appear on the page somewhere.

    All of the above is HOW you create a FANTASTIC Footprint.

    Now the next time you see somebody ask "what's a footprint for X?" or "what is a footprint?" or "how do I make a footprint for X?", you've got a nice solid thread to refer them too.
     
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  2. iagotheinsane

    iagotheinsane Junior Member

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    This is a legend post. You made me realize a few things.
     
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  3. crazyflx

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    I appreciate the compliment :)

    I was just so tired of people throwing around complete garbage and calling them "footprints" when they really just created more work for the user in the end.
     
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    Great post crazy!
     
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    Amazing post you wrote there crazyflx!

    What is funny is that alot of Scrapebox/Xrumer users will read this post and move on without seeing the potential of creating amazing footprints.
     
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  6. DigitalGangster

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    You know thats exactly what i have been doin for the past 2 years. What surprises me more is that most people never bother into looking the different ways you can use a search engine to search for footprints.

    This is excellent post for newbies and intermediates, but information like this post is what separates an advanced user from a newbie or intermediate.


    I knew this cause back in high school one of my computer teachers gave us a 3 day course on the different ways you can use google and how to specify your searches for better results. She did this cause she was trying to teach us how to use google to better our research skills whenever we had some kind of paper/project that needed some research. Lol i think those 3 days i learnt more than i would have thought , since i ve been using that for years after that
     
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    Hey OP! And I though I knew it all! LOL

    Thanks for this great post.You saved me a lot of time! :D
     
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    Thanks :) and sadly, you're probably right :(

    Thanks for the compliment :)

    I'm very happy to see that there are actually teachers out there providing "this day and age" relevant information to their students. A course like that, is something that is incredibly valuable, considering a search engine is where the majority of people are getting their information nowadays.

    Again, thanks for the compliment :)
     
  9. scooky

    scooky Newbie

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    This was good stuff. Thanks. I created software that makes use of footprints, this will help me refine it.
     
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    I love it when helpful information helps not only the reader, but the end user of somebody who is making software who has implemented said information. That's a win-win right there.

    Thanks! :)
     
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    Hey great post !! new to sb and that deff gave me a few ideas !!

    Thanks
     
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    Thank you for the information. I am sure it will help me out a lot.
     
  13. BigEasy

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    Crazyflx thanks for the great post. I seem to learn something new everyday on BHW and always bookmark post that are worthy of re-reading time and time again, just to refresh some skills. This is definitely one of those post to bookmark.
     
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    a post like this is the reason why people spent so much time here. best search operator explanation ever!! thanks crazyflx
     
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    goodseoman Power Member Premium Member

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    well, i am your fan Crazyflx.
    thanks and rep given
     
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    Thanks plus rep given OP. Awesome post!
     
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    Marvellous post mate, the definite guide for finding footprints i learned so many from your thread.
    Thanks a lot.
     
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    This is one of the best posts I have read here. Thanks for taking the time to write it!
     
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    Great Share, I guess I have to upgrade my "powered by wordpress" footprint. lol.
     
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  20. crazyflx

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    haha, yes, you definitely do :)
     
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