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what is my competition doing with 404 homepage links?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by JohnyJ, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. JohnyJ

    JohnyJ Junior Member

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    about 50% of 1 of my competitors backlinks are from 404 homepages, what are they doing? I was checking the links and google has a cache of the site but when i visit the sites i get 404 pages.
    this is one of the sites that links to my competition
    http://www.conflict-religion.com/
     
  2. the_demon

    the_demon Jr. Executive VIP

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    It looks like he was using a private blog network that got taken down.
     
  3. afro25

    afro25 Regular Member

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    That's one thing i hate about networks like that - If the owner registers them all at the same time and doesnt renew the domain, or the hosting... Then you could instantly lose all of those links at any time.
     
  4. JohnyJ

    JohnyJ Junior Member

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    oh cool, so could these sites be temporary down or can i expect to see the comp drop big time, all their top links are 404's
     
  5. afro25

    afro25 Regular Member

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    Check the WHOIS of the domains to see when they expire, if it's soon then it's probably going to be permanent and you should hopefully see your competitor lose his ranking.
    If they don't expire soon, then it's all down to whether they plan on renewing their hosting or not...
     
  6. phpbuilt

    phpbuilt Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Its not cool to post your competitor's sites.

    I don't know if your competitor is doing this or not, but lots of times when a webmaster is doing something super sneaky they'll put up a 404 error for everyone except Google ... they'll cloak Google visits so that Google sees the link farm they're trying to produce, and no one else can see it (because they might report it for being jibberish nonsensical text, report it for having copyrighted content that was stolen, etc.)

    When an enraged webmaster shows up at their site under that circumstance, and they see the 404 error, they go "oh well, they're gone now anyways so I don't have to do anything about it" and trot off happy. However, Google still sees that cloaked network and gives it credit for its outgoing links.
     
  7. JohnyJ

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    That's what I thought might be happening, I didn't post my competitors link, I only posted 1 of the sites that has the cloaked page so people could see. How can I check for a clocked page? Thanks for the help
     
  8. SpyGlass

    SpyGlass Newbie

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    Check the source code of their links. We once did a 404 bypass to a spider 'what then' redirect to trick our competitors, and the site is ranking really well, and people still ask us how we did it. Cause software can't pick it up, and it's hard to know if they have done it unless you know yourself how to do it.

    A very unknown trick.