When did Black Hat SEO for Google begin? Does anyone know? Curious to know who was first in gaming the Google Algorithm. The furthest back proof I have of my own Black Hat SEO is April 25, 2002. I had a link farm of 20+ sites setup and I was getting #1,2,3,4,etc google results. Was anyone here before me? The first recorded algorithm change was September 2002. Even that first change didn't do much to stop our Black Hat ways. I'd like to know if anyone was before me. Here's my proof, i can't plost links so you gotta put this together to make a link: web archive org /web/20020425003914/ http :// www satellitetvcards net/ View the source, and scroll to the bottom.