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With Google’s recent “shading in” of many whitehats by killing off even widget bait, more and more people are getting worried. Even for non blackhat sites.
So I’ve put together some tips for paranoid SEOs to resist the penalization power as long as possible. Hope it’s helpful. And yes, some is grayhat. Weigh out each option in your own mind before implementing.
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from DarkMatter 2402 Days ago #
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Buying links is the most gray/blackhat thing I do, but I like the pseudo linkbait idea. Thanks!

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from tinternet 2402 Days ago #
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Interesting...

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from sza 2402 Days ago #
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You’re not paranoid enough :-)I’ve done a redirect similar to your #6 (although not with 301, just meta, being interested in the occassional traffic, not a ranking boost). Disallow Googlebot, noindex, nofollow, to make sure Google doesn’t frown upon it.Still, in a week or two, that page appeared in the Webmaster Tools "External links" report for the destination site.I’ve doubled the redirect (so it doesn’t even directly go to that site but through another intermediary), and eventually the link disappeared from the report.But to me this shows that Googlebot will, on occassion, behave like "oops, sorry, I couldn’t brake in time" and index stuff regardless of any robots protocol, just to have a peek under your hood. They are the paranoid ones.

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from SlightlyShadySEO 2401 Days ago #
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With the domain I tested on, Google was NEVER allowed to access it. Maybe that’s the difference(they happened to request the homepage before robots.txt for you perhaps?). Not positive. Either way, if all else fails a straight up cloaking rig so they CAN’T see it would be ok I guess...though perhaps moving a bit more from gray to black in terms of hats.

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from crazycat 2398 Days ago #
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Oh! How does this work so far?

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