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Hidden Back Links - Let content thieves promote your site
Mod Version: 1.00, by bjhuang (Member) bjhuang is offline
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vB Version: 3.8.0 Rating: (8 votes - 4.13 average) Installs: 128
Released: 16 Jan 2009 Last Update: 17 Jan 2009 Downloads: 767
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What does it do

It inserts some hidden links (back to your forum) into the content of long posts. If someone steals your content, copy & paste a post to other places, there will be at least a link back to the original URL of your site. Good for SEO too.

Since you can't stop content thieves anyway, why not take some advantages?

Install

Step 1: import product-copyright.xml
Step 2: add this to the main css->additional css definition

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* for SEO purpose, there is an option to choose links back to a thread or a post.
* the back links will become visiable after copy&paste. if you like them to stay hidden, just open and modify template "copyright"

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i do not recommend to do this cause this may be bad for SEO.

Sounds stupid?

Yes, stupid enough. It is so easy to remove the back links. But from my experience, thieves are busy, blind, or more stupider. Most of them won't remove the links. You can't image how many back links i got this way.

You could modify the phrase "copyright_source" to some unique string. And google for it.


Will it hurt my SEO?

I can't promise that. but I think it does more good than evil. You could give your opinions here.




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Old 17 Jan 2009, 02:01
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Ok, thanks...
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Old 17 Jan 2009, 02:27
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Originally Posted by FRDS View Post
I'm not sure I'd take the risk from this, hiding links on your own site can dramatically hurt your search engine optimization.

http://www.google.com/support/webmas...n&answer=66353

Use with caution if you feel such a measure is neccassary
Good point.

Here is an in-dept article that exculpates the addon from any black-hat or even grey-hat SEO techniques.

Enjoy!
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Old 17 Jan 2009, 02:35
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I know this is not meant for vb 3.7.4 but I tried it anyway and got this error:
Warning: Division by zero in [path]/includes/class_postbit.php(293) : eval()'d code on line 61
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Old 17 Jan 2009, 02:39
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I've read the articles before i created this mod. I think what Matt said support my idea. You can use hidden text, just not too much. that's why there are options for you to decide in which posts should the links inserted and how many of them.

As i mentioned, this mod act the same way your vbulletin popup menus do. if you think this will do hurt to SEO, maybe you should disable your popup menus either? and i forgot to tell, the back links will not be inserted if the pages are requested by bots. Yes, this is some kind of cloacking, but the vbulletin system itself cloacking the popup menus too by default.

I have implement a lot of so called grey-hat SEO techniques on my own site, and they never hurt my ranking. My attitude toward these techniques is simple: do what is good to users.

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Old 17 Jan 2009, 02:43
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Originally Posted by Alfa1 View Post
I know this is not meant for vb 3.7.4 but I tried it anyway and got this error:
proably you have downloaded the previous uploaded file. plz try to download it again. it works for the version 3.6.8 afterward.

or open the plugin "Insert Copyright - Insert Text"

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Old 17 Jan 2009, 13:13
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Not 100% sure abt this mod but going to give it a try anyways as i have hidden links in my sites footer to specific threads on my site and it hasent hurt our SEO yet

Some thoughts:
Add options to turn this on/off on a Catogary/ Room basis ?
Add options to turn this on/off on a user group basis ?
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Old 17 Jan 2009, 22:30
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I have installed the new version and will let you know if this solves it.
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Old 18 Jan 2009, 14:41
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Will it add links to posts already in the database or only to new posts after installing the mod?
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Old 18 Jan 2009, 14:47
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Originally Posted by glennybee View Post
How long do the posts need to be before it will add a link?

Will it add links to posts already in the database or only to new posts after installing the mod?

you could decide that in the options.

it add the links on the fly for new and old posts, and will not modify anything into database.
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Old 18 Jan 2009, 15:24
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Is there a way to add just one link to the end of the post instead of after x amount of characters?

For example:

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So that the link looks genuine when it's copied and pasted somewhere else, instad of being stuck somewhere in the middle of the post and not looking right?

Or the anchor text could automatically become the title of the thread?

Maybe a possible option for future releases?

Thanks for the mod, useful but I think needs improved.
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Old 19 Jan 2009, 02:03
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it reason why i don't put it at the end of posts is that the link is hidden in the original post, so there is a big probability it won't be selected for copying if it is the last few byte. and when it becomes visiable after pasted, the link is more likely be recognized and removed.

as for the second suggestion, the anchor text should be the link itself because most of the time the content will be copied as plain text intstead of html source code. if the anchor is the thread title, there will not be a back link after pasted.

but of course this is easy if you insist. open template "copyright" and find these two line

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replace each with

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try to simulate the action of copy&paste. you will see the tricks here.

Originally Posted by glennybee View Post
Is there a way to add just one link to the end of the post instead of after x amount of characters?

For example:

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So that the link looks genuine when it's copied and pasted somewhere else, instad of being stuck somewhere in the middle of the post and not looking right?

Or the anchor text could automatically become the title of the thread?

Maybe a possible option for future releases?

Thanks for the mod, useful but I think needs improved.
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Old 22 Jan 2009, 03:04
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uhm, interesting, but will wait to see what happens with this mod
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Old 22 Jan 2009, 09:03
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any screenshots ?
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Old 22 Jan 2009, 16:01
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i will wait for some time from other users experience..............
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