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Help me understand footprints

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by afrowanksta, Oct 19, 2012.

  1. afrowanksta

    afrowanksta Registered Member

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    I have an idea about what a footprint is, but it's not very clear.
    I searched this site and the engines, but failed to find a clear description of what exactly a footprint is and how it is used for SEO.
    Could someone please help me understand what a footprint is and how it relates to SEO?
    Thanks
     
  2. BigFatWallet

    BigFatWallet Power Member

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    Here

    Code:
    http://www.seotreo.com/seo-blog/seo-footprints.html
     
  3. rendesr

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    Basically it means that there is some way of identifying a bunch of website running a certain piece of software.

    Say you were looking for all the WordPress sites that had an EDU extension, you could Google for site:.edu "powered by wordpress"

    You can find PHPBB forums by searching for "powered by phpBB" etc
     
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    These days using special operators too often gets your proxies slapped much quicker than not using them

    INURL: and all that. (very useful for footprint scrapers)

    Without them I can scrape with 40 proxies running 5 threads indefinitely.
    With them they burn out in minutes - an hour or two at best.

    If you are looking to scrape small numbers in a specific niche then special operators are worth using.
    If you are scraping batches of 1 million (Scrapeboxes upper cap) then avoid them if possible - or have a very large number of proxies and a really low thread count.

    Scritty
     
  5. afrowanksta

    afrowanksta Registered Member

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    I've read that site already, BigFatWallet. I found it helpful, but not comprehensive

    Can you guys try to explain it with less jargon?
    I'm new to all this and still getting up to speed with everything
     
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u723qKa-A3s

    Specific to UD, but the same system can be used to scrape any footprint you want. It's pretty simple.

    Scritty
     
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  7. collywobbles99

    collywobbles99 Junior Member

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    A footprint is just another word for a pattern or piece of text that is present on similar sites. Put really simply, if you find a site that lets you drop a backlink, you can find many more sites like it if there is a common footprint or pattern. For example if you find a particular guestbook eg Akabook, lets you drop a backlink. You may notice that there is a common element to the bottom of every page. Search google for "akabook guestbook" would lead you to more sites that might also allow you to drop a backlink.
     
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  8. Amsterdammer

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    In simpler language: Take the word "footprint" the literal way.

    When you walk down the beach for instance your footprints are easy to spot to you. To a tracker it is a bit more than that though.
    A trained eye can see if you are male or female, your weight, if you have a limp and so forth.

    To avoid being tracked you may want to change your shoes and to you wearing stiletto's for instance might look like a woman's print. You won't be fooling the tracker on your trail though. He would still know it is you by seeing the limp, the weight and now he notices you twist your left forefoot too. This will help him gain more and more information on you.
    After a few miles you make it to the pavement, he may not see the prints in the sand but he now has enough information to spot you if walking by.

    Taking that into account, have a look here.
    Do you now understand better what the others were saying?

    Avoiding footprints is an art but most have the talent to learn, mostly on a "need" basis. It is recognizing patterns and avoiding them if needed, creating them in other circumstances. In SEO you normally want to avoid small footprints while creating a bigger one. lol

    Disclaimer: I took the example of wearing women's shoes for arguments sake, didn't want to imply anything. Furthermore: I am no expert. Also, I recognize your pattern of building an account, it works. Keep it up. :)
     
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  9. afrowanksta

    afrowanksta Registered Member

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    Ahhh, I think I get it now. The video was very helpful, Scritty. The analogy was also helpful conceptually, thanks Amsterdammer.
    I was confused thinking that backlinking leaves footprints that G could detect and identify and therefore should be avoided.

    So, the footprints are what the sites have in common. By knowing what sites have similar features, I can find sites in a similar niche or at least sites that have common features that would allow me to backlink from them.
    Have I got it right?

    I'm not really 'trying to build a profile'. I'm trying to learn SEO so I can be a big baller like you guys.
    One more piece of the puzzle falling into place thanks to BHW.
     
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    afrowanksta Registered Member

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    Thanks, I already had that thread bookmarked.
    I knew it was important, and now I know why!

    So I tested my browser with that site tool, and it said I was unique. I don't know exactly what that means though
     
  12. Amsterdammer

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    afrowanksta, I didn't mean anything bad by what I said. I just noted the way you are behaving in this forum. You will need that tactic later on, on other fora.

    I gave you an insight from my perspective. How I use footprints. I am usually the prey although not on this forum.
    Scraping, as suggested above, is for predators. When creating backlinks though, you are prey.
    And yes, you got it right. :)

    The site I showed you will say you are unique the first time you try it, most people are. The second time you will see how you compare to others. It looks for how many things you have in common with others, it seems to still be building its database though. But, it does show you a bit of what Youtube for example sees when you visit. ;)

    Also, don't let a profile fool you, I am not a big baller. Not by a long shot. :) I just know how to build profiles...

    Have fun. :)
     
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  13. afrowanksta

    afrowanksta Registered Member

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    I wasn't offended, just trying to keep it light hearted.
    Thanks for helping out
     
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  14. PunjabiYaaar

    PunjabiYaaar Junior Member

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    Thank you mates for sharing what footprint is. I love this forum, i get to know a lot of things especially in SEO.