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Can you spot the paid links on this page? They are there and you can make them appear without looking at the source code.

Most importantly they work very well.
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from kevgibbo 2184 Days ago #
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They’re obvious in the source code, couldn’t figure out how to actually view "font-size:smaller" on the page though!

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from patrickaltoft 2184 Days ago #
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It took me a while but you can see them by clicking the right button!

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from baiduyou 2184 Days ago #
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Nice. It complements sponsoring .edu bloggers to drop you links so well.

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from mvandemar 2183 Days ago #
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Yeah, actually, they are. Quick question tho... why are we publicly outing them?

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from theGypsy 2183 Days ago #
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@mvandemar ...PageRank envy... he he...

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from Gab 2183 Days ago #
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Pat has a thing for paid links, hehe. Remember the 24 million links pieces? In fairness, I’d possibly do the same if their stuff was working for my competitors. That is, if I couldn’t buy some of those myself...

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from Gab 2183 Days ago #
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I’m missing something - don’t see them without checking the code.

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from Burgo 2183 Days ago #
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Gab, hint... check out some "random info"... on the page...

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from mvandemar 2183 Days ago #
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Gab, don’t feel bad, I had to locate the image in the source code and view it independently to know which one to click. There’s just too much stuff going on in that page to easily find it by clicking around.

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from annie7 2183 Days ago #
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Took me about 30 minutes :)

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from KenJones 2183 Days ago #
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Very sneaky, well spotted Pat.

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from mridout196 2183 Days ago #
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Some of my big competitors on there - good find

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from MarkeD 2183 Days ago #
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Yeah I hunted for these after they came up in backlinks last month, even after looking at the source code it took a while to find - do you think this would count as ’hidden content’? ;)

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from incrediblehelp 2183 Days ago #
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Looking through their PDF they dont offer paid links:http://www.michigandaily.com/media/paper851/documents/h1b51115.pdfI wonder if "they" know they are sellling them?Maybe this is the work of College Publisher?

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from incrediblehelp 2183 Days ago #
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I bet they dont even know it is happening and Collge Publisher is doing it:http://cpsite.collegepublisher.com/advertising/index.html<h1> Y2M’s College Publisher Network Text Ads</h1> Y2M Textual Advertising offers an effective way for our clients to reach the college market with a simple, direct text ad. TextAds are deployed throughout the network interspersed with banner ads, and include a headline, brief message and web address. Y2M TextAds are ideal as a timely, lower-budget option that effectively reaches a large collegiate audience. Advertisers can create TextAds in minutes and see their ads on the network after only one business day. Simply click HERE to put your company in front of millions of college students.

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from tuftey 2183 Days ago #
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Good spot. It would never have spotted the links without looking in the source code. I think there are a few customers of greenlight search in the uk links. I imagine it was one of those that Patrick was looking into when he spotted these.

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from Feydakin 2183 Days ago #
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Except they won’t be working well for long now.. I’m having a real hard time caring about how other people do things, even more so when people seem to get a giggle out of outing people.. I always wonder at the motivation behind it.. Not neccessarily in this case, but in a lot of them I just wonder..

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from thewis 2183 Days ago #
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I dotn know what you are trying to do with this, is not that a kind on shooting yourself in the toe? Assuming your an SEO guy

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from mridout196 2183 Days ago #
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$250 a day per link is the reason they are doing this - or like you guys said a college publisher is doing it and getting rich!

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from barkymcbarkerson 2183 Days ago #
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By outting hidden links aren’t you just supporting Google’s monopoly on link sales?  I do not support this.  If it works for them, let them use it.       

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from DanThies 2183 Days ago #
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Yeah, I’m sure the Michigan Daily has been a highly trusted source of links for a long time. Sheesh.

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from abhilash 2183 Days ago #
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I wouldn’t be surprised if these continue to work for a while (ridiculously). It is pretty sly, but G’s admitted that they’ll try to find an algorithmic solution rather than give anyone a handjob.

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from beussery 2183 Days ago #
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@ DanThiesCouldn’t have said it better!  The commented contents in is a nice touch

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from beussery 2183 Days ago #
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Wait a minute... didn’t one of Google’s founders go to school there... never mind!

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from KevinCheng 2182 Days ago #
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It took me a long time to spot that + to expand the div... very sneaky and smart.

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from sza 2182 Days ago #
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One would naively think that you guys, being in internet marketing, possess some basic, basic technical ability.Like understanding your browser and using its capabilities.View -> Page Style -> No Style in Firefox, orView -> Style -> User Mode in OperaSo much for these "very sneaky" paid links.

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from Pixielated 2182 Days ago #
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clicking on the ’random info’ banner gives it all away really. oh well, i dont like things like this, just do it properly and you’ll rank well is my opinion. it is interesting tho to see others tactics in the open as you can learn a lot

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from Halfdeck 2178 Days ago #
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Run the home page through URLtrends and you’ll notice the site’s TBPR used to be 7-9, not 5.site:michigandaily.com/* also returns 13,000+ results, which is - in general - more than what I’d expect for a TBPR 5 site.There’s no way Google doesn’t already know about these links.

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