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PDF Links - Does Google Follow Them?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Micallef, Mar 5, 2010.

  1. Micallef

    Micallef Supreme Member

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    It's a simple question -

    PDF Links - Does Google Follow Them?

    I found a way to get links in PDF files on academic sites, in something called "latex" code. The links show up as clickable, and I know Google does index these PDF files. But does it follow the links? It's quite a time consuming process so I would like to know.

    Thank you.
     
  2. WizGizmo

    WizGizmo Super Moderator Staff Member Premium Member

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    I have heard the the ones openly displayed at Scribd and Docstoc type of sites are followed. Can't say for sure though. Maybe someone else will chime in with the definitive answer.

    "Wiz"
     
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  3. mr.ection

    mr.ection Registered Member

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    Yes, google follows links in PDFs. So if you can get 2000 webmasters to host your PDF on their site, you can get 2000 backlinks, easy peasy :)
     
  4. vedavyas

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    I uploaded many PDF files in scribd,I used all those as Linkwheels for different blogs and all those links are Indexed and i even found them in Google webmasters as backlinks

    so obviously google will index PDF tooooo
     
  5. Micallef

    Micallef Supreme Member

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    Thank-you for your answers. I think also that Google would logically follow PDF links, as they are generally very authoritative.

    I stumbled across a whole bunch of professional academic sites which allow the unmoderated creation of PDFs.

    I wonder how well these PDFs would integrate with the linkwheel concept. Something to look into.
     
  6. vedavyas

    vedavyas Junior Member

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    how many BL did you get after uploading to scribd?
    I create a PDF file with some content and link in it which is linking to my site.So i will get one backlink for each pdf file i upload

    how many sites there are that will let you post a pdf yourself?
    I never tried any other sites like Scribd but google will index PDF link too that is for sure.

     
  7. foxriver

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    I don't know why, but I never thought about Google following links in pdf's..... reasons that they would.

    All the pdf's I put online get indexed and can be found in the serps, so again, by reason you would expect G to follow the links.
     
  8. blazen

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    I believe google do follow since they now index pdf files, like how they now follow links in flash.
     
  9. princealpha1

    princealpha1 Newbie

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    MICALLEF:

    "I stumbled across a whole bunch of professional academic sites which allow the unmoderated creation of PDFs."

    For example which sites? Can you please get me some sites like this?
     
  10. Risaharada

    Risaharada Junior Member

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    Google can read PDF, you can upload them to a High-PR site, which google can crawl without logging in.
     
  11. grantrux

    grantrux Power Member

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    Does any one have any views on how Google would treat multiple pdfs from a duplicate content point of view?