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Is Indexing Competitors' Old Deleted Backlinks a good idea?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Ghoast, Feb 13, 2012.

  1. Ghoast

    Ghoast Power Member

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    So when analysing some competitors you see that the number of backlinks is around 2,000 let's say..

    Then when you analyse each of these individually you see that maybe they only actually have 900 links still live and the other 1,100 are not there anymore, this could be for a number of reasons, for example the site they had the link on is no longer live or has removed their link..

    Anyway would it be beneficial to get these links indexed and re-crawled by the search engines? Surely google would see that they have lost many links and maybe put them lower down in the results..

    Any experience on this subject?
     
  2. MBW007

    MBW007 Junior Member

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    I'm not sure I would do this as it could just be viewed as attrition.

    Let's examine from one step further -- let's say you posted 1,000,000 spammy links to your competitor. It might drop them for a bit but in time, those links could mature and prove beneficial.

    I don't think it's a good idea to touch competitor sites.
     
  3. Ghoast

    Ghoast Power Member

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    No, you're completely missing the point. I'm not building any links to other sites. I'm talking about getting their old backlinks which are not pointing to their site anymore, re-indexed so that Google knows that they have lost links..
     
  4. krzysiekz

    krzysiekz Senior Member

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    Good question you have there. I don't know the answer but if the sites that USED to have their links on them NO LONGER have the links - then I don't think it will create a problem for you.

    After all, if the link has been removed then no link juice will flow as a result of you pinging/building links to make Google aware. So what's the worst that can happen? Some random pages get some links going, but none of them flow to your comp. because the links are now gone.

    I would say at worst: nothing happens. At best: Google realises the links actually aren't there any more, and who knows if they will lower them in the SERP's or not.
     
  5. SEO Authority

    SEO Authority Senior Member

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    That's pretty smart - I have never thought of that. Keep us updated. Maybe test it on smaller niches to see the effect. If it really works, I want to start doing it on bigger sites.
     
  6. buttulgly

    buttulgly Junior Member

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    99 times out of 100 Google has respidered that site and knows that page is delivering a 404. In short - you are trying to tell them what they already know.

    The issue here is that the data you are using (even if it is 'given' to you by Google) is out of date. It is deliberately incorrect (eg Google never gives up to date data for users so their algorithm can not be reverse engineered). Or it is incorrect simply because it has not been updated (eg the company you used to get that list of backlinks has given you older historical data and not a current set of live backlinks ... simply because they don't have the resources to show you the current live data.

    If you break it down, this issue is not that different to the old "why isn't yahoo or google showing all of my backlinks" type question. Because they don't want to is the answer.

    Forget about trying to harm competitors. One hour that you attempt to harm your competitors is one hour you could be working on your own sites.