5 Black Hat SEO Methods, You Didn’t Know About
It’s scary writing an article on black hat SEO. You don’t want to be classified as a guy using black hat methods. I’ve never used any of these techniques. But, I’ve educated myself on them, because in it’s pure form, it’s still Search Engine Optimization. If you don’t know about them, you can be a victim of them. And if you do know about them, you can turn them around, and apply them in a white-hat way, or you can get ideas off of them.
In search engine optimization terminology, black hat SEO refers to the use of unethical & aggressive SEO strategies, techniques, and tactics. These focus only on Search Engines, and not a human audience. They’re not supported by the search engines, and sites that are caught will be penalized.
Nonetheless, the secrets of this dark world are used by many marketers, usually looking for a quick financial return on their websites or scamming their clients making them think “woow this guy’s an SEO god”.
- Paid Links will get you “places” (like page 1264)
Going on Black Hat SEO forums will reveal to you, the world of buying links. You will get offered 150–1200 high performing links daily, for $1 per link! Isn’t that awesome?
No, don’t even think about google’s algorithm. They won’t notice the random 200 link jump in your backlink list. Also, the fact that the links have nothing to do with your website doesn’t matter since they’re links from a high DA.
This is usually what a link salesman’s pitch looks like:
Googles Algorithm today will definitely catch you, if you’re buying bulk links. Don’t fall for these scams. They might get you ranking well at first, but if you’re caught, your domain will be penalized, and you’ll have to make a new one, since recovery might be hard.
2. Register Expired Twitter Accounts
So with Twitter dying, what I’ve seen many black hat SEO do, and this is not well known, is register expired twitter accounts. Why?
Well Twitters DA is f#)!ing huge, okay. People are letting their twitter accounts expire. In the past, a lot of these accounts got links to them. So what they do is, scan for expired accounts with a lot of backlinks, and re-register them. Then, they link to their page in the description.
Might not be related, but it’s a free backlink, and with the use of bots, the top guys doing this, have over thousands of twitter accounts under their belt.
Cloaking is an SEO technique in which the content presented to the search engine spider differs from that presented to the user’s browser. This is done by delivering content based on the IP addresses or the User-Agent HTTP header of the user requesting the page.
Things like cloaking don’t work very well these days due to google’s very good algorithm.
4. Hacking other Websites to remove key SEO factors
This is not much of a problem today, as it used to be. Back in the day, websites didn’t have security like today. You could hire malicious hackers, that will sneakily remove key SEO factors from other websites. They would even go as far as hacking sites linking to you, and making the links “nofollow”. This would’ve made your rankings drop, and you would never have known why. But don’t be scared of hackers. This is typically what people think hackers look like, vs what they actually look like:
5. Leech from Authority Sites
In the world of Black Hat SEO, people use spam they call “Parasites” to get quick SEO results. Sites like
- Amazon Product Pages
Big G loves these sites, because there’s a lot of legit content on them. Their authority is so high, that normal SEO doesn’t apply here. You can fire mass links at them, and it won’t matter.
So naturally, if I were to use this method, I’d create a post on medium with they keywords I want to rank for. And then I’ll just spam my link on other places like pinterest, twitter to make my shit go VIRAL
Aight, so now that I’ve told you all of these black hat SEO methods, it’s up to you and your morals if you’re going to apply them or not. Black Hat SEO can drive results. But it can also get you on google’s penalty list. I don’t think I need to tell you this, but this means you’re f#^ked.