How do they do this?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by sam12six, Jul 2, 2008.

  1. sam12six

    sam12six Newbie

    May 25, 2008
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    Hey guys, I had a site I pretty much didn't care about and I let the hosting expire on it. Since I had other things to deal with, it took me about a month to get around to hosting the site somewhere else.

    The funny thing is: When I got it up and running again and checked Google webmaster tools to make sure it was indexed OK, there were a ton of spammy search results for the site.

    Say the site was and it was about finding scholarships, it had many, many results (according to Google) in the top 5 for searches like "HI5 video" or "the video HI5", and even results in the top 10 for nonexistent URLs like

    These results are all deindexed now, but were actually bringing me traffic and making me money for a couple of weeks.

    My questions are: 1)How did they do this (When my domain nameservers hadn't been repointed anywhere)? I'm just thinking if someone could tell me how to do this legitimately, it would be a valuable promotional technique

    2)How would it benefit somebody to create a bunch of search results that point to a URL they don't own, and even to nonexistent URLs? In other words, why would somebody bother doing whatever they did just to send traffic to a 404 page?

    If anyone has any insight into this, I'd love to hear it.
    Thanks ;)