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Plain text URLs are counting as links in Google

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by dannyhw, Apr 6, 2011.

  1. dannyhw

    dannyhw Senior Member

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    http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1154698

    Already seen one example of this where G spidered a URL that didn't exist but was in the text of another page (just text, not a link). So basically, what's going on is that Google can't possibly parse actual flash and javascript, so it's now extracting anything that looks like a URL from pages and it will follow them.

    Now I have NO idea if this just gets the page crawled, indexed, or passes real juice. But my God, if it does pass juice... ;)
     
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    I believe G parses and executes javascript for sure, at least some of the time. I've had URLs spidered that were hidden in highly obfuscated and chopped up javascripts that required an eval() to put together, and that didn't exist anywhere else on the web.

    Also Instant Preview also definitely executes javascript.
     
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    That's really weird. I know they're doing some stuff to try to index Ajax paginated content and whatnot, but I'm surprised they'd pick up on those. It wasn't long ago I was using javascript redirects to cloak without a problem so that's a pretty big leap.
     
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    I know, I've based a ton of stuff off js redirects too, love them. I haven't tested the ranking effects of js redirects these days because I've moved to hiding content with jquery and css.
     
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    It's funny because I remember way back when stuff like search engine cloaker was $100+ for a one domain license. Since then people have been going on about IP based content delivery, but the JS redirect worked for me from maybe 2002 until less than a year ago.
     
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    Google is really getting more sophisticated. Any site can just be picked up and indexed without much effort.
     
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    Are you sure it wasn't indexed by chrome/toolbar sending data back to google?
     
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    That's what I was thinking in the case of the obfuscated javascript. The one I saw was hit by gbot when a scraper site picked up the url, shortened it and served it as plaintext along with the real link. Like "http://example.com/longer-url-goes..." got crawled and 404'd.
     
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    So is google devalueing the site due to 404s?
     
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    I don't see any reason why it would. They're inbound "links" not internal ones.
     
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    Nope, I don't use either of those products for precisely that reason.
     
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    Actually for another purpose I looked up whether or not Chrome phones home and found nothing on Google that suggests it would send back surfing data. Also looked at their EULA and it said pretty much the same thing.

    That's really, really weird.