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The "porn links are bad" myth

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by the_demon, Feb 12, 2012.

  1. the_demon

    the_demon Jr. Executive VIP

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    Ok guys, I keep seeing these threads about how it's soooo bad to have porn/pharma/gambling links to your site...

    So I ran some tests. I blasted 3 of my domains including my company's own website!!! with 40K to 100K depending on the domain using a list of 200 known blacklisted keywords.

    Guess what happened?

    For many of my keywords my rankings actually improved! Keywords that were not in the top 100 shot up to top 3 practically over night (on Bing/Yahoo). Google seemed to be unaffected.

    Personally, I think spamming yourself with shitty keywords is a great way to improve your PageRank. Why you ask? Because Google calculates PR based on the number of links to your site not based on the quality or anchor text.

    Additional notes:
    - Your site should probably be at least 1 year old.
    - Have a decent amount of existing links pointing to it (several thousand)

    These are my person observations. Use this information with caution.
     
  2. Kickflip

    Kickflip BANNED BANNED

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    Not really sure how this falls under "white hat seo" but I agree about these links not being so scary, only to a certain point. Every major legitimate site is going to have tons of links from pharma/xxx/gambling sites, because of autoblogs/scrapers etc. Obviously Google isn't going to punish sites for things like that, because they understand the nature of the internet. But as far as brand awareness, and when considering the risk vs. reward aspect, I wouldn't ever go so far as to actually advise people to get porn links to their legitimate sites.

    Porn sites which allow people to spam their links are less likely to be alive for longer periods of time. Many porn sites are thrown up in bulk and abandoned, so even if you get a link, the links are probably going to disappear faster then someones personal blog which they are renewing the hosting on and renewing the domain. Google may consider the context of the site, and if your keyword is "rubber" they may start ranking you for "giant rubber fist" or something else you don't want to be associated with.
     
  3. Cnotey

    Cnotey Power Member

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    The first time I used scrapebox I had no clue what I was doing. I blasted my main money site with AA links that someone had given me. I went to check my links, and found they were all to porn sites and russian bride sites.

    I freaked out then, but that site is still #1 today.
     
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  4. Kaistar

    Kaistar Power Member

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    Not necessarily a bad thing though is it.
    Someone actually looking for something on your site isn't going to search for that giant rubber fist so will never know but a giant rubber fist addict might just stop on your page and think "hmmmm, while i'm here that's a great price for a boxing themed rubber door mat!"

    Maybe :p
     
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  5. Kickflip

    Kickflip BANNED BANNED

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    I think anyone who has used Scrapebox extensively has seen the monster list of Russian Bride auto approve sites. One time I had a list of 1,000 auto approve pages, and 900~ were russian brides :( I think they all belong to one group, with tons of subdomains.
     
  6. Dr.NeK

    Dr.NeK Newbie

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    Agreed!
    You might consider them "bad" links but they do no harm.