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How To Get Blog Posts Indexed, But Have Visitors Unable To Actually Visit Them

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by bannor, Oct 25, 2008.

  1. bannor

    bannor Newbie

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    I've got a review site set up, and I would like all traffic to go to the main page of my site. However, I want to write a half a dozen keyword rich blog posts that will target a specific keyword phrase, and thus make the website more relevant for that particular keyword.

    I want the individual blog posts to be indexed by search engines, but I don't actually want any visitors to arrive at them. I understand if I do a 301 redirect, then the search engines see the destination page only, and not the original blog post, and thus will not index theme. I considered using a meta refresh, but read that search engines punish sites that use the meta refresh tag.

    Any suggestions on how to accomplish this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
     
  2. the_punisher

    the_punisher Power Member

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    @qwark

    That was pointless .
     
  3. bruce6667

    bruce6667 Junior Member Premium Member

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    there are other ways to redirect. :)
     
  4. Nick Flame

    Nick Flame Executive VIP Premium Member

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    it s called cloaking... do a search for it. Can be done in different ways.
     
  5. mattstrike

    mattstrike Regular Member

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    The most obvious way to do this is to get the IP ranges for the major search engine spiders, and set up some server side code to do one thing if the SE spider hits your site, and another for anyone else.

    *****BIG TIME WARNING

    AFAIK, doing anything that causes what your users see, and what big G sees to be different in any appreciable way is a surefire way to get into serious trouble (if you get caught).
     
  6. scriptkiddy

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    Perhaps a better way is only re-direct certain visitor categories to what you want them to see, for instance you can easily detect if a visitor is via a Google or Yahoo search (or whereever you're spaming your links), so you could re-direct these, if someone visits the page from somewhere else or via direct navigation they see the page that the spiders see (in case of manual review)

    IF DETECED YOU STILL MAY BE PEANALIZED, BUT POSSIBLY LESS LIKELY TO BE DETECTED. (However all SEO is dangerous to some extent, no SEO is even more dangerous because you don't get visits!)
     
  7. mattstrike

    mattstrike Regular Member

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    @scriptkiddy: I'm pretty sure that if a site gets flagged for review, most SE will go direct and will also go via search.

    AFAIK, if you want to do it that way, the redirect should be client side (Javascript), because then you can show the same underlying page to both the spider and the real visitor.

    The bottom line stays the same, though: Get caught showing different stuff to the SE and to the end user, and your site will be penalized!

    If in doubt, practice on a less important domain.
     
  8. davioli

    davioli Regular Member

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    For a review site.... why dont you have your landing page on the main index.html.... and put all your blog posts under /blog....
    Whenever a visitor comes to your blog post... have enough banners and have an anchor link somewhere in the post and you should be able to retain them till they see your landing page.

    A visitor gains your trust by reading the blog post...and is more likely to buy after going through your blog post and then to landing page.
     
  9. bannor

    bannor Newbie

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    Thanks davioli. That's exactly what I ended up doing a few days back. Hopefully it pays off. Have about 5 keyword rich blog posts so hopefully that will increase the relevancy of the site enough to start bringing the traffic...