[thelist] Search engine strategy? Something smart or chuckleheaded?

Peter Beckler naplescom at yahoo.com
Tue Jan 30 10:52:34 CST 2001

There are a lot of techniques like these. They might work for a short time
with some search engines, but the ones that really matter will probably
blacklist you. I did my usual "deep submission" technique (actually finding
the page you want to be listed on and asking for a listing at DMOZ and
Yahoo) and was getting 150 hits a day for a customer, who decided it wasn't
enough, tried a couple of techniques, and now he's down to 50 hits a day (35
the day before yesterday).

With so many engines basing their listings on DMOZ, and more to follow,
there seems very little point in "cheating". The risks are just so huge.
Regular "doorway pages" without the forwarding are probably not going to get
you in trouble if you don't submit your doorway pages to the wrong engines.
Then the ones that use bots to sniff out content and give you "placement
points" based on the number of relevent sites that link to yours - well,
they might be fooled. But you are still contributing to digital waste and
garbage. Just think how much crap is floating around out there... or in
there... or wherever it is...

Peter B

----- Original Message -----
From: "Joe Crawford {From the iBook}" <jcrawford at avencom.com>
To: "thelist" <thelist at lists.evolt.org>
Sent: Tuesday, January 30, 2001 2:08 PM
Subject: [thelist] Search engine strategy? Something smart or chuckleheaded?

> I got an email from a client who wants my advice on some strategies for
> Search Engine placement he has heard about. Anyone care to comment on
> IMO these are interesting, but probably more trouble than they're worth.
> Any and all feedback appreciated.
> <!-- ********************************** -->
> <!-- begin segment of email from client -->
> <excerpt src="[[names changed to protect the innocent]]">
> I attended a conference last year, and the [[creative professional]] who
> gave it was a internet wiz.  He had several tricks for getting the top of
> the page in search engines, one of which was to use many different domain
> names, with forwarding for each one.  Each domain name would be hosted on
> host-for-free site, and each domain would have a different set of meta
> and use pages of text formatted in an artful manner, so the webbots would
> look at the page's "content" and capture the first few paragraphs of text.
> The search engine would then forward the searcher to that page, which
> bounce over to his primary site.
> It this still a valid method?
> Can I use a service like Registerfly.com or directnic.com which sell
> domain names cheap and offer free forwarding and free pages, and just
> register all my names [[johndoe]], [[johndoe creative professional]],
> [[johnthegreatestcreativeprofessionalintheworld.com with ghost text?  I
> should register all the likely search names anyway.
> Whaddya think?
> </excerpt>
> <!-- ********************************** -->
> Anyone care to comment on these techniques or have any more information on
> the theory behind it? Would I be derelict in my duty if I threw up my
> in disgust about what seems like spamdexing?
> Thanks in advance!
>     Joe
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