Google algorithms appear to change daily and whilst competing for popular phrases I notice who moves around and am always interested to figure out how a website got to the front page. I’ve been focusing on the term SEO Services for a while now – just researching, I’m yet to implement any optimisation until I launch my new site.
Anyhow I notice today there is a new player when you Google SEO Services. Number one is a company called Web Dynamic. They have a really good looking professional site, but scratch the surface a little and it’s not so professional.
If you click the first link you’re taken to a page titled SEO Services, still looks good, you’re in the Search Engine Marketing group, you click the tab and you’re taken to an equally as nice page talking about search, you can’t see a link back to the page you just came from, but that doesn’t really matter does it? Well, yes.
This is a well designed site, it doesn’t look like the kind of site that forget about a link. So a bit of investigating discovers there are more than 13 orphan pages all dedicated to the same subject:
- SEO Australia
- SEO Services
- SEO Services Company
- Search Engine Optimisation Provider
- Search Engine Optimistion Consultant
- Search Engine Optimisation Strategy
- Search Engine Optimisation Company
- Search Engine Optimization
- Search Engine Optimization Services
- Search Engine Optimisation Australia
- Search Engine Optimization Australia
- Search Engine Optimization Specialist
See them all live on Google and on their page, www.business-directory-online.com.au, where the SEO person obviously just got bored and posted everything. They all contain pretty much the same content, just re-written in different ways and prominent use of the keyword.
I hear what you’re saying – it’s not spam and it’s not against Google webmaster policy to write the same page more than 13 different ways (I got bored of counting all of them). But, wait – there’s more!
These pages all have inbound links. From crappy domains. The spammy domains:
http://website-optimisation.org.au/ etc – there’s rather an impressive collection of .org.au’s.
All of these domains are registered to the same guy who has registered the webdynamic.com.au domain.
Whilst they may not have breached any guidelines what they are doing is filling the web with spam, actually no, they have breached, just looking at the Google Quality Guidelines – basic principles:
“Avoid tricks intended to improve search engine rankings. A good rule of thumb is whether you’d feel comfortable explaining what you’ve done to a website that competes with you. Another useful test is to ask, “Does this help my users? Would I do this if search engines didn’t exist?”
Mmm…I think not.
p.s. I’m not being narky – it’s all part of learning what makes a quality page one result. This ain’t it.