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Discussion in 'Link Development' started by diego018, Oct 25, 2007.

  1. #1
    widget bucks places hidden links behind the flash animation of their ads. that is hidden links, and google banned them, now make a search for widgetbucks, and you wont find the site (maybe only on sponsored results)

    this maybe a google tactic, so sites like this have to pay to be listed on google first results.
    SEMrush
    anyway, its a bad idea to place hidden links so sites link to you.
     
    diego018, Oct 25, 2007 IP
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    Freewebspace Notable Member

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    #2
    google always ban it's competitors
     
    Freewebspace, Oct 25, 2007 IP
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    I beg to disagree, why they will? if there is hidden links then that is a violation of their guidelines. They are making guidelines for everybody not for an individual site.
     
    mann3r, Oct 25, 2007 IP
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    diego018 Well-Known Member

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    yes, but they apply more the rules to its competitors anyway.
     
    diego018, Oct 25, 2007 IP
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    any link to read further about this?
    I didn't know about this one.
     
    axlarry, Oct 25, 2007 IP
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    i just got an email about it, and while i don't have time this second to read about it, the link i have is
    busybits.com/files/widgetbucks.php
     
    dimmakherbs, Oct 25, 2007 IP
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    yeah im agreed with this..by the way i hate widgetbucks because of long time loading
     
    zaifulzin, Oct 26, 2007 IP
  9. diego018

    diego018 Well-Known Member

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    axlarry, i have found something on johnchow blog about this, but nothing special.
     
    diego018, Oct 26, 2007 IP
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    I don't think widgetbucks need to deploy this tactic to get to the top for the keyword - widgetbucks.

    I think the idea was that the users who turn off javascript will see some texts instead of blank spaces in the adspace.

    Their sin was changing those texts into links.

    Widgetbucks have just changed their code. I guess they've learnt their lesson, the hard way :D
     
    iskandar, Oct 26, 2007 IP
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    hidden links? that is not nice... if this company would go around violating rules it'll be hard to trust them now...
     
    Pinoguin, Oct 26, 2007 IP
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    The question is; did anyone got payment from them?
     
    vvtv, Oct 26, 2007 IP
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    So, basicaly, we shouldn't use it but you still promote it in your sig...:cool:
     
    Codythebest, Oct 26, 2007 IP
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    im not saying don't use it. im saying that if you are going to develop links, don't place them in hidden places, cause it isn't ethical, remember this is "link development" forum...
     
    diego018, Oct 27, 2007 IP
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    What is a hidden link? :/
     
    Proxyhub, Oct 27, 2007 IP
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    That's exactly what happened. If for some reason the ad doesn't load it would display a link to their site or whatever. I never thought this would be a problem but since i don't like widgetbucks I guess I better just take the code down.
     
    Emperor, Oct 28, 2007 IP
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    Actually widgetbucks does not use hidden links :rolleyes:

    They link to their adserver just like any other Ad serving company does.

    Don't people think before posting rumors without fact???
     
    Sem-Advance, Oct 28, 2007 IP
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    Thats just a php redirection to your rrefferal link. I mind you refferal links Are Only Allowed in your Signature.
     
    Dollar, Oct 28, 2007 IP
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    turn off javascript and you can see it.

    widget bucks places (or used to place) a text link behind the flash ads, people just cant see them,
    thats why they are hidden.
    (widget bucks didnt do it for seo, they did it for people with javascript turned off, or at least that is what i think)
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    if you place links to other sites with the same color as your background, they will be hidden, and thats not ethical, if someone reports you to google.. maybe youll drop some in the serps.
     
    diego018, Oct 28, 2007 IP