Guardian Plays Google Game, And Wins
It took a week for a writer to push a spoof web site to the very top of the Google rankings for the search term “eco-friendly flip-flops.”
An article appearing in the Guardian Unlimited described how its technology correspondent managed to accomplish what numerous site owners and SEOs attempt every day: getting to the top of Google’s rankings.
Writer Bobbie Johnson created www.ecofriendlyflipflops.co.uk for his test. The site content described in the article has since been removed from the test website. Two days after creating the site, Johnson found it placed very low in Google’s rankings.
Adding keywords and cloaking other terms didn’t budge the site out of its spot, Johnson noted. Then he turned to an old black hat trick, creating a second site with lots of links to the first site. Google’s PageRank algorithm took this in and Johnson’s page moved to the top of Google search for his term.
That movement took place within hours of the creation of the inbound links. Even though it was a small test, Johnson contended it has much higher implications:
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David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.