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Is there any SEO value in using scribd?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by turdface, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. turdface

    turdface Supreme Member

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    I see a lot of articles here and sometimes even in the SERPs, but is there linkjuice value? Can Google see the links that are contained within the .doc files?
     
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    turdface Supreme Member

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    anyone know?
     
  3. blacat

    blacat Regular Member

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    No SEO value in links documents you upload to scribd.
    You can check it by "View source" in your browser.

    Scribd shows one thing to search engines and another thing to the user.
     
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    Autumn Elite Member

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    Yep all the stuff that renders the PDFs in your browser is done in javascript, so it doesn't theoretically show up to SE bots.

    However, PDFs that you upload will sometimes still be spidered and indexed, and you can put links into your PDFs (which are hosted by an authority site like scribd). So there is some small SEO value.
     
  5. turdface

    turdface Supreme Member

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    Isn't that something that Google penalizes for?
     
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    Autumn Elite Member

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    They don't cloak as such, ie. bots and real browsers get exactly the same code. It's just that the code that renders most of the page is in javascript, so it looks ok in your browser, but a SE bot doesn't parse most of it (including the links). At least that's how scribd worked last time I checked.
     
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    NSSP- Registered Member

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    I read in some WSO that Google loves documents.. And gets indexed very fast.. Not sure if it is use of SEO
     
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    blacat Regular Member

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    The issue is that these sites convert your documents to flash or other method... so actually the pages are not the original documents and therefore in most of them you don't get the SEO benefit.
     
  9. turdface

    turdface Supreme Member

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    WSOs are always full of correct information :D
     
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    pasdoy Power Member

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    lol...
     
  11. sw1344

    sw1344 Newbie

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    I haven;t found it to have much SEO value, but they do rank well and they do send truckloads of traffic to your site

    So well worth having imho

    Take care
     
  12. shnize

    shnize Newbie

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    We have used this method of using Scribd in the past. A long time ago, back when Stompernet was good, they told us about this source for traffic. It was well described in getting in there for Traffic, not SEO.

    So to officially answer the question, you aren't getting any linkjuice as your links are not detected in the same way as other links.

    But if you write about a good topic and put it there, it can be a good source of traffic to your site. Which in the end is what we all want anyhow.

    So if you are on the fence. I would suggest, taking articles that you have spun and placing on in there, just make sure it is a good spin. When things are in PDF's they seem to have a little bit more cred, than some crappy content sharing site.

    Hope that helps.
     
  13. darkman

    darkman Regular Member

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    Use Docstoc , used to be days for Sribd but its all over now.
     
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    I use Scribd, Docstoc and Slideshare for link diversity.