<noscript><a href="http://www.bidvertiser.com">affiliate program marketing</a></noscript>Now binodc.com on its own doesn’t have enough link importance to have much of an impact, but with all the publishers on Bidvertiser’s network including this hidden link, you could see how this would sway Google. Some of these publishers may even be authority sites with a lot of trust built up (not to mention PageRank) and part of really good neighborhoods. I am rather astounded that Bidvertiser could occupy a top 10 spot for such a competitive term as “marketing”, given that these links are hidden in noscripts and clearly not “earned” in the sense that a traditional link is. But there you have it, another Google loophole being exploited. I haven’t done the research to find which links I think are the vital few (versus the trivial many) that are pushing Bidvertizer into the top of the SERPs. But I do wonder if the publishers realize the value they are giving away to Bidvertiser without compensation. I’d guess it’s without their knowledge or understanding. I wonder how long it is going to take before Google discounts links wrapped within noscript completely. Until then, sites like Bidvertiser.com will be able to take advantage of their publishers and of the search engines, to the detriment of the user.
#10 for my data center, but whatever you’re right it doesn’t belong there and that does seem to be an obvious loophole in the algorithm that would provide juice like that based on what are effectively hidden links…infact it seems too obvious, how can that possibly be?!
How long will it take Google to pick up on this nasty little trick?
Stephan Spencer says
How quickly Google will react depends on whether Matt Cutts read this post or not. 🙂
Clever move of bidvertiser, but how long will it last…and after google change this hole, for sure, bidvertiser will take a big fall in the serps.