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How is this possible?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by ghackseo, Apr 13, 2015.

  1. ghackseo

    ghackseo Regular Member

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    Forgive me if I'm wrong, but this just baffles me and makes me a bit hopeless. :ugh1:

    So, there's a main website that focus on a specific niche. For the sake of not giving out the U.R.L (don't want any of you sly people to abuse this somehow :p) I'm going to use a fake scenario.

    Main website = website design , extention

    Then there's about 40 - 50 other sub niche domains such as

    search engine optimization
    online marketing
    web design
    cms website design

    etc...

    These 40 - 50 other sub niche domains all have the same theme, same logo and exact same look (template). They all use the same images on the inner pages as well as directly link to each other. (Some even have duplicate content and the on-site seo is absolutely horrible).

    However, the main E.M.D has about 25k backlinks to it... probably about 24.9k of these are irrelevant backlinks, that's pasted in the footer of websites that used their services.

    How is the main E.M.D + a lot of the sub niche domains getting #1 spot and not being penalized?

    Please tell me if I'm losing it here, but this just seems like these people are doing stuff that's considered "very shady" and against Big G's guidelines but they are putting it in the open and nothing is happening.

    And another thing that I might have to mention, their domain age is over 15 years. Domain Authority 40.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. PaperToy

    PaperToy Regular Member

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    It takes Google a bit of time to penalize sites, so they eventually will get banned.
     
  3. starki

    starki Power Member

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    You'll find examples like yours in many niches, but one thing is for sure: Their days are counted.
     
  4. ghackseo

    ghackseo Regular Member

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    This is quite ridiculous to compete with :/
     
  5. ghackseo

    ghackseo Regular Member

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    Nonetheless, thanks for reassuring me that I'm not losing it :)
     
  6. arganrecords

    arganrecords Elite Member

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    If this bakclinks are without anchor text they have some power. This links are follow or no-follow?
     
  7. starki

    starki Power Member

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    Ya, it's annoying like hell, but the next Pinguin update is probably coming soon ;)
     
  8. georgesmith

    georgesmith Registered Member

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    There are a lot of websites like this out there. The truth is that Google love mumbling the same thing but there are still a lot of black hat SEO techniques that are still viable. The best thing for you in my opinion will be to try and replicate their approach to some extend.
     
  9. Initial Effort

    Initial Effort Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Just keep watching throughout the updates, you'll see these sites disappear. You can do this with SEMrush.
     
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  10. sakari

    sakari BANNED BANNED

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    Yeah their days are numbered, bro.
     
  11. coitza

    coitza Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I know this was quite a good technique a few years ago, building subdomains with a lot of pages/content and pointing links to the main site and it ranked quite good, didn't know that people are still doing this and more importantly that it still works...
     
  12. ghackseo

    ghackseo Regular Member

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    Thing is, the domain and sub domains are over 15 years old, they just updated the "theme" of all the sites recently but the "technique" has been active for, well, 15 years... Yet they still rank well. 1st on Google for a VERY competitive keyword + for various other long-tails. Also, these sites are all based on location, e.g locationkeyword.com , longtailkeywordlocation.com etc etc etc. But the main reason I think they aren't completely blacklisted off google... is because this has been active for so long? Not sure if that means anything to google but I'm 99.99% sure if I tried this method today and scaled it much larger I would see my sites drop like flies...