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Hidden Back Links - Let content thieves promote your site
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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?

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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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  #2  
Old 16 Jan 2009, 13:33
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hmm sounds good. what does everyone else think about it.

Thanks for sharing.

Think il be using this after i have seen what others have to say about it.
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Old 16 Jan 2009, 13:38
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Warning: Division by zero in [path]/includes/class_postbit.php(294) : eval()'d code on line 249

Warning: Division by zero in [path]/includes/class_postbit.php(294) : eval()'d code on line 249
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Old 16 Jan 2009, 13:46
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Originally Posted by 7lanet View Post
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sorry, wrong version uploaded. plz download again.
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Old 16 Jan 2009, 14:03
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Sounds good, I'm gonna try it.

Thanks for sharing.
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Old 16 Jan 2009, 15:44
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If the link is also embedded on your own forum as well then you have two links to that thread on your site and this could potentially hurt your SEO.
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Old 16 Jan 2009, 16:35
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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
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Old 17 Jan 2009, 00:13
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i've done a lot of suvery before implement this on my own site.

check your own source code, you will find that you already get a lot of hidden links with vbulletin by default. all the popup menu links are.

with this mod, you will get one more hidden link which pointing to the same url of that page. this is obviously without intention to deceive users and i think google is smart enough to tell that.

and if the links were copied to the other sites, they become non-hidden links. of course they do help your seo.

PS. if you were so afraid of hurting your SEO, you could make it visible even in the original post. just not add the css. the back links will be inserted too.

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Old 17 Jan 2009, 00:49
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This has great potential but right now I think i will test this some before going live since i do not want to get penalized with google.
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Old 17 Jan 2009, 01:15
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how will I understand that it is working properly
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Old 17 Jan 2009, 01:37
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Originally Posted by tansu View Post
how will I understand that it is working properly
post a new message with length longer than the number you set in "Min Post Length" option. select and copy the content of the post. paste it into notepad or your editor or your blog. you will see a backlink there.
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Old 17 Jan 2009, 01:44
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Well I copied an old thread and pasted in a test thread. But the links are not hidden.
There are those links visible, like: "source: name of the forum and link"
edit: Opps, that's how it works, right?
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Old 17 Jan 2009, 01:49
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Originally Posted by tansu View Post
Well I copied an old thread and pasted in a test thread. But the links are not hidden.
There are those links visible, like: "source: name of the forum and link"
so it works. it meant to be visible anywhere except in the original post.
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Old 17 Jan 2009, 01:52
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Originally Posted by bjhuang View Post
so it works. it meant to be visible anywhere except in the original post.
I see,
last question: where can I change the "source" word to my language? I searched in templates, phrases and xml file. But couldnt find
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Old 17 Jan 2009, 01:55
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Originally Posted by tansu View Post
I see,
last question: where can I change the "source" word to my language? I searched in templates, phrases and xml file. But couldnt find
search for phrase variable named "copyright_source"
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