September 15, 2006

Ben Wilks Posts his Interviews

Ben Wilkes (SEO guy from Australia) has begun interviewing some SEO types and is posting his interviews over at ben-wilks.net.

So far he's interviewed:
and he will be interviewing:
  • Ammon Johns

  • Paul Hayden

  • Eric Ward

  • Chris Dimmock

  • Jim Boykin


In my interview, I give my Top Ten Tips for Black Hat SEO.

August 15, 2006

QuadsZilla Launches Private SEO Black Hat Forum

Well-known blackhatter QuadsZilla (blogs at seoblackhat.com) has launched a private black hat forum.
Right now, there is way too much good stuff that I simply can't publish on the SEO Black Hat blog. If I posted these tactics and exploits they would immediately get all the wrong kind of attention.

I'm a member of the forum, and I can personally vouch for the quality of the posts in the forum. Pre-launch, we were discussing some pretty cool stuff, such as XSS vulnerabilities and how they relate to SEO, domain kiting, content databases, etc.

At $100 a month, the membership fee is probably too steep for newbies, but shouldn't be much of a problem for experienced blackhats. That's kind of the point.

July 31, 2006

Free Whitehat Site Review

If you have a whitehat site (what are you doing reading this blog -- shame on you) and you want to get your site reviewed for free, check out Jaimie Sirovich's Free Site Review Clinic. If your site is chosen to be reviewed, you will also get some link love from Jaimie.

Jaimie is a smart guy with a lot of whitehat SEO knowledge and experience. Anyone would be doing well to benefit from one of his site reviews.

July 21, 2006

Matt Cutts Detects Cloakers

Matt says you can detect cloaked pages by using Google's translation proxy.
...you can use the translation proxy to check for cloaking...


I say you can only do that if the cloaker is a BIG FAT IDIOT. Anybody who includes any translation proxies in their list of search engine spider IP addresses is a moron.

July 13, 2006

Google's NOODP Meta Tag

Google uses a variety of sources to create the "snippet" they display under the title of a website in their SERPs. One of the more commonly used sources is the descriptive text used in a site's ODP entry.

Today Google announced that they will support an addition to the ROBOTS meta tag that will allow you to specify that they not use the ODP description for the snippet describing your website. The format of the meta tag should be:

<META NAME="ROBOTS" CONTENT="NOODP">

Or, to specify it be used by only Googlebot:

<META NAME="GOOGLEBOT" CONTENT="NOODP">

July 6, 2006

SEO For Firefox

Aaron Wall of SEO Book has released an extension for Firefox that allows you to review SEO information when checking Google and Yahoo! SERPs. You can see:

  • PageRank

  • Age (from archive.org)

  • Technorati citations

  • Number of del.icio.us bookmarks

  • Links to the domain in Yahoo!

  • Links to the page in Yahoo!

  • Links from .edu domains to the domain in Yahoo!

  • Links from .edu domains to the page in Yahoo!

  • Links from .gov domains to the domain in Yahoo!

  • Alexa rank

  • Whether the page is cached in Google

  • How many DMOZ listings there are

  • How many dir.yahoo.com listings there are

  • How many bloglines subscribers there are

  • Link to Whois info

  • Link to Google Trends

  • Link to SEO Book Keyword Research Tool

  • View top Overture bid for the keyword

  • Link Google traffic estimator for the keyword

  • Link to Google Keyword Sandbox


The information is presented in-line, under each individual SERP listing, which makes it very convenient. You'll notice a slight delay as each query (for link data, etc.) is made and the results are updated. Some of the links are at the top of the page instead of being within the SERPs. The links open in new windows, which is good for useability.

I've seen comments that the software violates TOS for the various search engines it queries, etc. but I'm not sure that it in fact does.

The only problem I encountered with it was it seemed that the age of a site (as determined by archive.org) was being reported incorrectly. I saw a site that is reported (if you visit archive.org and perform a manual search) by archive.org as seven years old described by the extension as being only one year old.

Ignoring the above glitch, I'd give the extension an A for useability and usefullness! Thanks, Aaron!

June 13, 2006

Moveable Type Backlink Exploit Works Everywhere?

It's a few days old, but Quadszilla's excellent post about a Moveable Type backlink exploit deserves some link love. I tried it myself and it works a charm.

QZ: Isn't it great being an evil genius?

By the way, this exploit isn't limited to Moveable Type. I successfully executed it on a Blogger.com blog as well. I believe it will work on any blog that allows comment previews. If it requires registration, so what, register.

One note about doing it on Blogger. If you have a Blogger account, even if you are commenting anonymously, when you convert the POST method to GET, check the URL... you will see your login ID and password in the URL. You can remove these parameters from the URL and it will still work.

May 17, 2006

Link Building Wiki

Textlinkbrokers.com has created a Link Building Wiki which is kind of a clearinghouse for links to topics on linking. It's a great set of bookmarks for SEO types.

May 16, 2006

Who Wants a GOP.com subdomain?

Did you know you can get a free subdomain from GOP.com? There's not a whole lot you can do to customize it, from what I can tell, but you can get a link to a website of your choice. Here's my GOP subdomain.

May 2, 2006

Lock Up Your Daughters

Watch out, everybody, Google is now crawling URLs that are in JavaScript code, and sometimes executing Javascript.

Is this really news? I seem to remember a buzz awhile back that Google could destroy websites by crawling links used to delete pages, etc.