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PDF vs HTML

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by pwntribe, Feb 18, 2010.

  1. pwntribe

    pwntribe Registered Member

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    So I had a good idea, taking massive amounts of pdfs and uploading them as HTML pages with plain text. Would there be any benefit to this? Or does google both rate and index pdf files the same as standard html sites nowadays?
     
  2. Yukinari84

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    Why would Google rate PDFs any higher than a webpage?

    What exactly are you getting at with your idea?
     
  3. jazzc

    jazzc Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    It rates PDFs? I 've never bothered to check a pdf for PR? :p
     
  4. pwntribe

    pwntribe Registered Member

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    No, my suggestion, rip pdf files, convert them to text, then upload as html pages? My question is, this should result in a site with lots of information (say you ripped 100 howto pdfs) and converted them to text. Then had a nice xsitepro site setup with each pdf as a basic webpage, would this not get decent traffic? Throw up ads and make profit

    ...I don't know abotu you guys, but i never see PDF's in my SERP's. If you took pdfs and converted to text, slapped it on a webpage though....
     
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    noph34r Regular Member

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    This makes no sense.
    PDF format should be used only to download content on user request.
    PDF is not a plain text format as HTML, it's binary and extract content fron pdf is a pain in the ass for big G.
     
  6. pwntribe

    pwntribe Registered Member

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    /facepalm

    That's exactly what i'm saying!

    1. find pdfs
    2. download
    3. convert the pdf files to plain raw text
    4. make basic web page, put text on page
    5. publish.
    6. so if you had 100 pdf files, you now have 100 web pages

    Don't know how i can make it anymore clear.

    I DON"T MEAN UPLOADING PDF's. :p
     
  7. Zakk-

    Zakk- Junior Member

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    Lmao, I feel like I am the only person that understands you :p

    As for if Google indexes PDF or not, I'm not sure, but if they don't, your idea would lead to quite a bit of free content. You would grab serps for people looking for the keywords it is based on, and also those who are looking for the ebook.
     
  8. pwntribe

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    Thank you!, Sorry to everyone else if i was being confusing, was trying to explain the best i could ;)
     
  9. bowcot84

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    G does index PDFs. So you'd be creating duplicate content.
    If you want to find PDFs, search keyword+ filetype:pDF.
    Sorry if it pops your bubble:)
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  10. pwntribe

    pwntribe Registered Member

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    But you know the majority of users don't do any more specific searches than keyword.

    If I had an html page that said. "How to properly lube a cat" and someone had a pdf file with the exact same title and content, and a user searched on "proper cat lubing"

    Wouldn't my page show higher in the SERP?
     
  11. Yukinari84

    Yukinari84 Elite Member

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    Google actually ranks PDFs very highly if you use them on document sharing sites.

    You could just copy and paste someone's PDF and make it into an HTML page, but you could be looking at a lot of problems with Plagiarism and Copyright Infringement.
     
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  12. pwntribe

    pwntribe Registered Member

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    Thanks....i guess there goes that idea :eek: