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Yv. [PersonRank 7]

Thursday, January 8, 2009
13 years ago4,681 views

Who knew that dell is been buying text links on random sites for their keyword "servers", linking to their dell.com servers page?

https://siteexplorer.search.yahoo.com/search?p=www.dell.com/business/servers&bwm=i&bwmo=d

And no: links ain't nofollowed (not that I would care, i just thought companies like dell didn't need to care about buying text links on unrelated sites for high target (spammy) keywords.)

Google ranks (wikipedia,) HP, IBM and SUN currently in the top 10 for the keyword, let's see if it will change.

[removed the "http" part of the Dell URL due to forum links issue. -Philipp]

Above 1 comments were made in the forum before this was blogged,

Seda [PersonRank 0]

13 years ago #

Who gives a sh!t. Google should spend more time filtering/banning websites that contain child pornography than penalizing sites for buying links.

Why is it that Google hasn't found a way to simply ban anyone from typing the word "child porn" into their Search Engine but they can justify spending numerous man hours hunting down sites who buy links.

Get over it. Everyone does it. How can a website expect to have links pointing to it if it has just joined the WWW and no one knows about it? How? Buy links!

theymos [PersonRank 1]

13 years ago #

Seda, it's much more likely that a person searching Google with a query of "child porn" is looking for information about child porn rather than the material itself. Same for any search about an illegal topic, like "murder". It makes no sense to blacklist keywords.

RobertC [PersonRank 0]

13 years ago #

It sure looks like Dell is buying links. They not the only large corporation doing this. Office Depot is even more blatant. They set up useless pages: [officedepot.com/a/top-categories/] targeting keywords and now they started buying dozens of links tarketing those words. Test the backlinks on this URL: [officedepot.com/a/top-categories/printer-ink/]

Im sure there are many other large companies buying links. The whole thing is really, these large corporate sites have so much power already, they really dont need to start "spamming" Google for rankings.

Andy Baio [PersonRank 2]

13 years ago #

Seda: "How can a website expect to have links pointing to it if it has just joined the WWW and no one knows about it? How?"

How about publishing something that people care about and want to link to?

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Dell has been buying Pop-Ups for years.

This doesn't surprise me.

Russell [PersonRank 0]

13 years ago #

It could be that Dell hires a few outside SEOs and they do the buying of text links without Dell even aware of it.

Zoran [PersonRank 3]

13 years ago #

I guess it is not case that Dell is buying links but I already have seen some other SEO doing similar stuff. They put one link from one topological page to own site that they want to rank in certain niche and 3-4 links freebies to relevant strong sources in that vertical... it is like linking autotrader for used cars or amazon for books...

Affan Laghari [PersonRank 1]

13 years ago #

Sometimes, people link to extremely popular sites along with low-quality paid links just to camouflage them. I have seen many blackhat sites that hack a .edu page, and run a blog on that page linking to top results for their targeted keywords. They do some other stuff to benefit them but that's out of the point of discussion here.

If Google starts penalizing extremely popular sites just from suspicion, that's not a fair thing to do. The most they should do in such a case is to discount those links, not penalize them.

hi [PersonRank 0]

13 years ago #

so true

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