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Footprint question

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by ajaj, Jan 8, 2008.

  1. ajaj

    ajaj Registered Member

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    This forum and site rocks ! (my first comments on this forum. gotta make em count :) )

    Ok, I have read through a lot of stuff in one day and I have one question that stands out in my mind and forgive me if this is in the wrong forum.

    Let's say there is an article pack (good a place as any to start..lol) that i have and i put it on my website. These articles have obviously been duplicated by dozens of others on the internet because they will have the same file names and folders and directory structure. My question is .. if I modify the structure of the each page by using search and replace to include headers, footers etc, will this modification help search engines distinguish my pages from unmodified ones in terms of a better chance of not gettin banned for duplicate content etc

    Im pretty new to all this and just had a light bulb go off in my head that i can use search and replace to replace <body> with <body><one long tag of html header stuff> and </body> with <footer stuff></body>

    Also I targeted other columns and tags and inserted classes in the html tags to make the whole page use css.

    I know all this is old hat to you guys, but i'm rather proud.. lol I can make random articles look like every other page of my site.. lol


    Any other tips like this for newbies at my stage of development ?

    And again, don't make fun of my newbieness :) and be as harsh/charming as you want !
     
  2. viper

    viper Junior Member

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    hey

    all my sites are whitehat. created a unique database software and i even edited the text myself so that almost every sentence is unique. it has been time consuming. a site had 6000 indexed pages and it thrives on search engine traffic - mainly g. one day it vanished. similar to others. so im very very tired, drained and frustrated.

    i have been searching everywhere to find out wat constitutes a footprint that could get a site deindex. there were 2 specific forum thread here but no one answered or discussed. im reviving one of them here in the hope of some help.

    ajaj made his point when he said;
    "replace <body> with <body><one long tag of html header stuff> and </body> with <footer stuff></body>"

    what is "<one long tag of html header stuff>"?

    so i appreciate the pros here to list out what and where the footprint these b*st*rds are looking at and how best to rectify them.

    GOD BLESS!
     
  3. ajaj

    ajaj Registered Member

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    hey viper,

    Thanks for reviving the thread. I too want some input from the pros about how the bots might flag sites with duplicate footprints.

    Viper, when i said:

    "<one long tag of html header stuff>"

    I was referring to the main menu in my website which is enclosed in a div ( you need to take all the html and put it on one line to paste it into the search and replace tool ( i use the simple search-replace tool from RJL software which is free i think). So basically I added content right after the <body> tag and right before the </body> tag (the website footer that is also enclosed in a div). I also hooked into almost every element in the page and added an ID so I could target it with styles in an external stylesheet which i added by replacing <head> with <head><link rel="stylesheet" href="style.css> ... I had fun doing it too. Nice way to master basic html and css too.

    Anyway, I'm sure most of you know all this, but I hope some newbs (like myself) benefit from this technique.