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hidden links..... is that possible?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by leobar, Aug 31, 2013.

  1. leobar

    leobar Regular Member

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    Hi ladies and gents, and thanx for your time.

    Some webmaster that i meet the other day told me something that made me wonder....

    He told me that for his SEO purposes he puts "hidden Backlinks" that do not show backlinks tools (personally i use Ahrefs), but they help the sites to rank in SERP.

    I know that not every link is shown, and also know that in order to see some backlinks i have to wait couple of days.
    But is it possible to do hidden backlinking which engines can not detect but they affect SERP? if yess please explain or give me a link so i can read.

    PS. i think he was trying to confuse me but still want to be sure.

    thanx in advance.

    Leobar
     
  2. pathart

    pathart Senior Member

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    You can block services such as ahrefs from crawling your site, see here.
     
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  3. leobar

    leobar Regular Member

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    is it not dangerous? its like yelling at G, hey there you can crawl my sites which are linking my Money site, but have blocked other bot so my competitors can not see what i am doing........
    thanx for the reply btw :)
     
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    pathart Senior Member

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    I'm not too sure about how the big G would look at your site, but I would certainly be doing this if I was running a private network. Especially with the manual reporting that you can do on your competitors sites.
     
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    You hide them from your competitors
    so they cant copy your links and make their own links on these sites

    If you want to beat your competition
    Just make links where they do
    then make a few different ones
     
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  6. leobar

    leobar Regular Member

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    what if someone is blocking only those 3:
    User-agent: Rogerbot
    Disallow: /
    User-agent: MJ12bot
    Disallow: /
    User-agent: AhrefsBot
    Disallow: /

    what would you suggest me to use as 4th link checking bot? i have all 3 of them, but need a 4th to check if my competitors are getting any more backlinks. (im still ranking #1 but need to have soma advance)
    thanx for replies.
    Leobar.
     
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    The links can't be hidden from Google, obviously, or they'd have no effect. They're just hidden from link miners such as ahrefs and majestic.
     
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    BadyBoySEO Regular Member

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    You disallow the various SEO tools from crawling your site. Lots of private networks do this as to not give their network away, though Google will be very suspicious if you block SEO tool user agents.
     
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    As other people have mentioned above, they can be hidden from other SEO tools avoid competitors from finding them but you can't hide them from the big G, since if you would, then they won't be worth any.
     
  10. leobar

    leobar Regular Member

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    y i understand that.....
    i dont want to implement it on my sites, im just checking what competitors do.
    all bots i have tried are: ahrefs, majesticseo, kai seomoz. i like ahrefs personally, but he is blocking all 3. any suggeston for a 4th one?

    thanx in advance.
    Leobar