Defining Black Hat SEO

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In my own opinion, the word Black Hat means different things to many people. It has now come to a time that there is really no drawing line between Black Hat and whitehat SEO methods.

When people are buying backlinks to their site, they feel they are doing the right thing. However, that is Black Hat also. Black Hat is not until you are stealing content from other websites.

In the internet marketing world of today, there is no way to play safe without one form of Black Hat or the other. People only call what they do different names in order not to be seen by others as doing Black Hat.

The place of Google even makes the definition of Black Hat SEO more controversial. Should Google dictate what is Black Hat or whitehat SEO? Google tries to dictate the way everyone else should create and optimize websites. To Google, whatever is outside its Webmaster Guidelines is Black Hat. I think that should not be. Google think that whatever they are doing is the correct thing and if you don't follow their rules, your site will be deindexed.

Check yourself very well and you would discover that you might have been doing some things out of the ordinary in order to make your sites rank well in the search engines. Should you not call that Black Hat as well?
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  • Profile picture of the author abnation
    The word filter makes your post seem a lot more hilarious than it should be...
    Anyhow, regarding b-hat. I see it more as a certain mindset. The term itself, as I'm sure you are aware of, comes from the hacking/freaking community and was meant to be something completely else (which is a whole different post anyhow)...

    As I said, I see it more as a mindset, rather than seeing it as certain techniques, methods or what not. This view, I believe, allows you to see it for what it truly is. Nothing, but a mind set. A b-hatter will dig, a b-hatter will experiment, a b-hatter will bend the rules.

    There are different types of b-hatter too. Some bend the very rules of ethics some operate on a more "outside-of-the-box" mindset.

    Anyhow, b-hat SEO, is no longer about keyword stuffing, hidden text or any other 90s techniques. B-hat SEO is really about and always was about outsmarting the system. Right now, the system might be Google (massive backlinking, b-hat onsite optimization, b-hat linkwheeling and so on), or YouTube (boosting video views, friending and defriending and so on), or for example EzineArticles (faking views, post-editing and so on).

    Whatever the system, b-hat SEO or any b-hat technique is always about experimenting, going beyond those set boundaries and finally trying to outsmart the system.
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    • Originally Posted by abnation View Post

      The word filter makes your post seem a lot more hilarious than it should be...
      Anyhow, regarding b-hat. I see it more as a certain mindset. The term itself, as I'm sure you are aware of, comes from the hacking/freaking community and was meant to be something completely else (which is a whole different post anyhow)...

      As I said, I see it more as a mindset, rather than seeing it as certain techniques, methods or what not. This view, I believe, allows you to see it for what it truly is. Nothing, but a mind set. A b-hatter will dig, a b-hatter will experiment, a b-hatter will bend the rules.

      There are different types of b-hatter too. Some bend the very rules of ethics some operate on a more "outside-of-the-box" mindset.

      Anyhow, b-hat SEO, is no longer about keyword stuffing, hidden text or any other 90s techniques. B-hat SEO is really about and always was about outsmarting the system. Right now, the system might be Google (massive backlinking, b-hat onsite optimization, b-hat linkwheeling and so on), or YouTube (boosting video views, friending and defriending and so on), or for example EzineArticles (faking views, post-editing and so on).

      Whatever the system, b-hat SEO or any b-hat technique is always about experimenting, going beyond those set boundaries and finally trying to outsmart the system.

      Thanks. I have corrected the word filter issue.

      What has even made it difficult to now deine is the way the internet is going. The internet is becoming more competitive and every website owner is looking for ways to make his site appear in the search engines. Not everyone can afford the costly pay per click like the Fortune 500 companies.
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