Google Catches Free Host Injecting Hidden Links On Clients Web Sites

May 14, 2013 • 8:45 am | comments (12) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Search & Web SEO Spam

host google spammerYou'd think these places would learn but no, they don't. A Google Webmaster Help thread has a webmaster asking about how he can remove the sitelinks from showing up in Google.

What ended up happening is that Google's John Mueller took notice of the hidden links on the footer of his source code.

He then showed the webmaster what was going on with a snap shot of the hidden links. Clearly, this web host is not just a free hosting company but also a company that looks to sell SEO services and page ranking services.

Here are the hidden links:

host hidden links

So now what? Does John Mueller get the Google forces to dig deeper into this hosting/SEO company and press a single button to remove any value they may have noticed from these links or did they simply not count in the first place?

Did those links end up hurting this and the other webmasters?

Lesson, (1) check your source code to make sure the source code is ALL yours and (2) pay for hosting with a legitimate hosting company.

Forum discussion at Google Webmaster Help.

Previous story: Google Brings I/O To You Via Google+ Requests



05/14/2013 01:10 pm

We had a similar experience on one of our sites and infact that site was manually removed from the Google index but was again included after we made the reconsideration request. Have narrated the entire experience in the blogpost below: This kind of an attack is the worst of all . In this case the script was embedded in one of the database files and was very tough to identify...


05/14/2013 04:09 pm

Hey, don't blame them. They just helped small business !!!

Web Hostors

05/14/2013 04:48 pm

Its always better to go for a paid hosting service if you are hosting a business website. If you are looking for a host for your personal website then you may consider free hosts.

Dan Sandercock

05/14/2013 06:53 pm

And also check for dodgy base64 code too...

Frederick Gimino

05/14/2013 07:39 pm

Easy Solution stop penalizing for bad links. End of story. Devaluation is plenty. Why penalize? It opens the door for egregious errors like this one IMO.

Jim Christian

05/14/2013 08:30 pm

How Anti Really Feels Hey, don't blame them. They just helped small business !!!


05/14/2013 10:52 pm

IMO if Google isn't capable of checking a page with Javascript enabled and disabled, they are definitely not as sophisticated as they act. Pointing out something as ridiculous as this in a webmaster help thread makes no sense. How is something hidden when anyone with JS turned off can see it? It's not like they are only serving this stuff to Googlebot. Maybe I don't fully understand the concept behind black hat tactics, but if this is qualifies is a black hat tactic, it's a joke and outdated as well.

Mohnesh Kohli

05/15/2013 03:12 am

In my opinion only low rated web hosting company do like this. Big hosting company likes softlayer or rackspace can never do this

Blue Hand

05/15/2013 06:02 am

these hidden links can be easily find out on the low pr and low web hosting websites..... one should be aware of such a spamming technique from google....

Chris Faron

05/15/2013 10:43 pm

Generally I agree, though Go-daddy used (or still are using) this technique on free some hosted sites


05/16/2013 12:01 pm

Google is not paying enough attention to this tactic. It's being used by spammers all over the place and getting them good results! Take this site for instance, www. eastsidefoodbites. com. It's somehow been hacked with hidden links. Take a look at the sourcecode above the header, a ton of spammy links who then with further research are in the top 5 in the serps for their keywords they're spamming. Google needs to address this!

SEO Uzmanı

05/19/2013 07:46 pm

Google is not paying enough attention to this tactic. It's being used by spammers all over the place and getting them good results! Take this site for instance,

blog comments powered by Disqus