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Footprint Search Now Impossible on Google??

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by nobita, Jul 11, 2011.

  1. nobita

    nobita Registered Member

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    Anyone notice this? I tried search some footprints like "powered by smf 1." or "powered by vbulletin version 3." (search with double quote sign) on google but it returned something not even close to smf nor vbulletin sites. Please try it now and tell me what you see.

    I guess that google don't index the footer or header text anymore. If this is true, it's obvious now that sidewide links are totally useless.
     
  2. NapsteR

    NapsteR Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    time to learn some new footprints than normal powered by footprints... Search this forum.. you will find plenty..
     
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    wes_one Junior Member

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    just download footprints book.It has hundreds of footprints.Also you can just go check out some SMF forum and find some original characteristics of SMF forums
     
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  4. Mokodoki

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    I don't think you're looking at it the right way. Google hasn't changed its indexing habits, you just aren't using very good footprints. It's the same as people using "Powered by Wordpress" to search for wordpress blogs--a lot of the results won't be WP blogs at all.

    All that footprint guarantees is that there's "Powered by Wordpress" somewhere on the page and it may or may not be the WP platform. To clarify that, you have to narrow down your results. Something like "Powered by Wordpress" AND "Leave a *"

    Same way with forums... just because it has "powered by *" on the page doesn't make it a forum. Try to be more creative and find better footprints or do more reading on the forums for those already shared.
     
  5. nobita

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    Thank you for all your suggestion, I will try some more complicate footprints. But those footprints are what once worked before. That means google must has reduced or even removed the value of text in the footer.
     
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    Hmm, I just tried yout footprint "powered by vbulletin version 3." in Google , work perfect for me. Find more than 9 millions results )
     
  7. nobita

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    Have you checked are they really vbulletin?
     
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    Not necessarily. It just means that more "fake" websites are using this footprint. A quick glance at the results returned shows that a lot of them are spammy autoblog sites or IM websites talking about finding things with footprints. It just means that the phrase is less targeted now because the footprint is appearing on other types of pages rather than just on message boards.
     
  9. spoon22

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    The best footprint to find wordpress blogs is this: powered by wordpress site:blackhatworld.com

    Okay.....not really but maybe you will understand now how it works. All those footprint threads destroy the results in SERPS ;)
     
  10. nobita

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    But I still think that there are too many of "fake sites". Even the "powered by smf 1." may look like a too simple footprint, but how many of other sites that will include the word "powered by". I go deep to other search result pages, e.g. page 4 page 5 page 7 and still see these type of websites. In many case, they don't even contain the phrase at all. Yes, it's possible that the page has changed, new post comes and old post roll out of the home page, but why there are so many of them, too many.
     
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    Bear in mind that there are thousands and thousands of people scraping for footprints. That means that there is actually a high volume of "powered by" keyphrases that make their way onto the keyword lists (wordtracker etc) that people use to generate their sites, and thus get included in the page text of those generated sites. eg. 10,000 people search for "powered by wordpress" > "powered by wordpress" gets included in the results for "wordpress" at wordtracker > 1000 people harvest that keyword list and use those keywords to stuff their randomly generated text.

    The best way to scrape targets these days is to use very broad general footprints for less commonly used text strings that are used by your CMS. Then use a second spidering stage to confirm which urls are actually that CMS, eg. by testing for the presence of a known type of form (eg. a signup form) on each domain you scrape.
     
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  12. catchme

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    The best footprint of the SMF forums is this :

    Code:
    intitle:"View the profile of"
    You know how to thank me :)