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Boston College Student Sneaks EDU back-link to Tiny Dealer In Florida?

Discussion in 'Google' started by lakelandprinting, Jan 17, 2009.

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    I chose Google for this thread because this shows how powerful a EDU backlink can be, for pagerank and serps.

    I've been researching the Florida Used Car market for some time. Every now and then I'd see a little tiny dealer in West Palm Beach pop up in Google searches.

    The other night I did a little digging and saw (according to Yahoo) they only had 11 back-links, and they were a pagerank 5.

    Check out this article and you will see it's a pagerank 5 and it only has 1 external link, pointing directly to the dealer with the anchor text "used cars".

    http://www2.bc.edu/~richarad/lcb/rev/mt.html
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    The article itself is pretty painful to read, but some black hat practitioner managed to sneak it in there.

    I'm really curious if the dealer even knows the value of it, and I'm wondering how much they paid for that.

    I think it puts Google in an awkward situation. It wouldn't be fair to penalize the dealer because they may not know or understand. A competitor could of put it there and ratted them out via Webmaster Tools.
    On the other hand, would Google actually penalize a respectable website like Boston College?
     
    lakelandprinting, Jan 17, 2009 IP
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  2. teamnirvana

    teamnirvana Active Member

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    They would never dare to do that.

    But, creeping into an EDU domain is supposedly lucrative deal.

    I would try it to be done once from my side. LOL

    Thanks for sharing this.
     
    teamnirvana, Jan 18, 2009 IP
  3. malcolm1

    malcolm1 Prominent Member

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    #3
    Hello...

    Maybe SEO is being done by the son or daughter whom is webmaster thats going to that college...

    Next time use the webmasters tools to snitch them out rather then threads at DP


    laterz
    malcolm
     
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  4. motherknucker

    motherknucker Guest

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    awful background to read an article. But where is used car link? Only 1 link in the end pointing to homepage
     
    motherknucker, Jan 18, 2009 IP
  5. lakelandprinting

    lakelandprinting Peon

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    Motherknucker, it's there. You must be a newbie to not spot it. Use your tools man! It's not going to jump out at you. It's in the middle of the painfully boring article
     
    lakelandprinting, Jan 18, 2009 IP
  6. cchetanonline

    cchetanonline Banned

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    Even the link is not clearly visible as link, it looks like just a text.
    Google should penalize Boston College and "Alan Richardson" for writing a sponsored post :D

    This is really shocking.
     
    cchetanonline, Jan 18, 2009 IP
  7. LogicFlux

    LogicFlux Peon

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  8. motherknucker

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    yeah right
    Ctrl F found the word
    damn not even underlined or color change
     
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    Have you checked their rankings before and after the update did they came up on the update ? I thought .edu links value was devalued maybe they changed it again.
     
    zangief, Jan 18, 2009 IP
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    geobak Peon

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    I've seen an advertisement of a company selling .edu links...

    I think Google will devalue them soon if they haven't done already
     
    geobak, Jan 18, 2009 IP
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    kewlchat Well-Known Member

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    the page is probaly hacked this is a common practise for some black hat..
     
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  12. lakelandprinting

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    If you look at their other backlinks it's obvious how they got their PR. I know PR is meaningless, but I have seen them in the serps. Not an aweful lot, but some
     
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    ericjzhang Peon

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    thats so gay, that cheap asshole
     
    ericjzhang, Jan 18, 2009 IP
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    IEmailer.com Well-Known Member

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    Google treat every .TLD as the same no matter if it's a .EDU or .GOV

    The only difference is that those websites used to have some authority and high PR inner pages ;)
     
    IEmailer.com, Jan 19, 2009 IP
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    The page is a sore to the eye.
     
    Chancey, Jan 19, 2009 IP