What is Black Hat SEO ?

In the previous post about White Hat SEO , I discussed the time taking and fairways to rank high in search engines.Today ,I am discussing Black hat SEO which is a quicker and unfair way to rank high in search engines.The word black in the name tells you the entire story. You can get banned if search engines find out that you utilizing this unjust way to rank high.So ,if this is so dangerous then the first question that comes to our mind that why do people opt-in such practices.

Why people are using Black Hat SEO ?

  1. Because they get dissapointed after seeing no fruitful results through white hat SEO.
  2. Because they get misguided and think that it is the only way to rank high.

What is Black Hat SEO ?

Black hat SEO is a set of techniques which are unfair and unjust through which you can rank high quickly in search engines by tricking there basic mechanism of ranking sites.
According to webopedia :
In search engine optimization (SEO) terminology, black hat SEO refers to the use of aggressive SEO strategies, techniques and tactics that focus only on search engines and not a human audience, and usually does not obey search engines guidelines.
Black hat techniques are used to trick search engines. Some examples of black hat SEO are the use of hidden text, keyword stuffing, fake pages etc. Their goal is the same as the White Hat SEO, which is to get the first rank in search engine results, but only for a short time.Therefore Black hat SEO is not the right way if you want to sustain your presence in search results for a longer duration.

Some Black hat SEO Techniques: 

Below are some generally used techniques of Black hat SEO and not all of them.

1-Keyword Stuffing :

Stuffing your web pages with excessive keywords is a well known black hat technique.It means that you are making keyword density of some words excessively high ( like above 5 % or 10 % ). Keywords allow the bots/crawlers to understand what is the page about and they specify a place in search engine for that post according to its relevancy.The more relevant your content is to the title,the higher place you will acquire.

2-Link Farming :

Another well-used technique of black hat SEO is link farming which is a technique of collecting/exchanging/amassing huge number of links on one page of the blog.
According to webopedia :

The process of exchanging reciprocal links with Web sites in order to increase search engine optimization. The idea behind link farming is to increase the number of sites that link to yours because search engines such as Google rank sites according to, among other things, the quality and quantity of sites that link to yours. In theory, the more sites that link to yours, the higher your ranking in the search engine results will be because the more links indicate a higher level of popularity among users of the Internet. However, search engines such as Google consider link farming as a form of spam and have been implementing procedures to banish sites that participate in link farming, so the term link farming has garnered negative connotations across the Internet.

3-Hiding Text :

Text not visible is a technique to hide keywords in the blog that the word will not be visible by naked eye. You do this by changing the text color with the background template.For instance, if your template has a white background then make the text color white.This may also include hiding links and pictures.

4-Title Repeat :

Title repeat means that you post contains the redundant use of post title.In such posts, you will see the lack of pronouns.It is very easy to do, for instance, if the title of posts is SEO technique and you use it almost in every sentence such that its word density becomes very high.This may trick Google and other search engines and they will rank you higher.The result will be that the chances of your post to be found will be increased despite your ranking.

5- Copy Content :

This is the most hateful technique of black hat SEO. In which someone copies stuff from a high ranking site and publishes it on its own blog/website without any permission or linking to the source.It is an indirect method of saying that you own the content which is unfair and illegal.But some get away with this and many get DMCA issued.

Conclusion :

I hope this post made you aware of Black hat SEO and its general techniques.My courteous advice will be that you should avoid such techniques.They will give you a temporary uplift.But not long lasting.For that you should concentrate on white hat SEO. If you have any suggestion then leave a comment .Happy blogging.
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Blogger :Remove Subscribe to Posts (Atom) feedlinks
Feed links are quick and easy ways on a blog/website for users to subscribe to the latest news or the newsletter.Hence there are one of the best ways to increase your blog readership but as the time advanced the feed readers have evolved the reading methods and so did the feed format from Atom to RSS.Today, many people have switched to RSS feed due to better structuring and display, Atom has lost its popularity as a feed link to subscribe on blogging sites, besides that today's feed readers can read any format of feed and convert them according to users choice.

Besides being unwanted,feed links like Subscribe to Posts (Atom) and Comments (Atom) in Blogger default templates diminish the beauty of a blog Also , the don't work properly unless you have a feed reader that reads Atom and is activated at that particular time. Apart from that, these links help in SEO and crawling of the feed for both published posts and comments consequently increasing one's visibility on the web. But if you already have an RSS reader activated like Feedburner then removing these atom feed links is not a bad step.If you consider the fact that your feeds are now handled somewhere else and in a lot better format than Atom to which users can subscribe effortlessly. So,let's begin to remove these unwanted links from your blog.Below are the three available methods to remove the feed links.Be sure to backup your template before doing any changes to your template code.

Method-1: Hide Feed links by CSS

This is the easiest method to hide/remove feed links.
Steps to follow :
Go to your Blogger Template Designer → Click Customize → navigate to Advanced CSS and add in the below line of code to hide the feed links from your blogger blog.
.feed-links {display:none !important;}

Copy the above CSS and paste it above the skin.If this also does not work then paste this CSS above </head> and enclose it in style tags.
The above code simply hides the icon links from the browser but may be visible on blogger template editor preview.

Method-2: Deleting Post Feed links Permanently

If you have already burned your Blogger blogs feed with a third party feed burning service like Feedburner.com then you won't be needing these feed links because it is taking care of your feeds subscription.To delete the posts (Atom) feed link in blogger
follow these steps :
Go to your Blogger Template → Click Edit HTML → search for the feed link data tag and delete it.Your post feed link will look like the below code:
<b:include data='feedLinks' name='feedLinksBody'/>
Search the above code by pressing CTRL+F and delete it to remove Posts(Atom) from your blog and save the template.
Similarly, to delete Comments feed link find the below code :
using CTRL+F and delete the code below and finally, save your template to get rid of comment feed links also forever from your blog.

<div class='feed-links'> <data:feedLinksMsg/> <b:loop values='data:links' var='f'> <a class='feed-link' expr:href='data:f.url' expr:type='data:f.mimeType' target='_blank'><data:f.name/> (<data:f.feedType/>)</a> </b:loop> </div>

Method-3: Eliminate Post Feed links with HTML browser Comments

This method is one of my favourite methods to hide widgets and requires you to just comment some lines in HTML.
Steps to follow :
For posts (Atom) feed link find
<b:include data='feedLinks' name='feedLinksBody'/>
and replace the above code with the following code:
<!--b:include data='feedLinks' name='feedLinksBody'/-->
Similarly,for posts comment Atom feed search for
Replace the above code with the below code.
<!--<div class='feed-links'> <data:feedLinksMsg/> <b:loop values='data:links' var='f'> <a class='feed-link' expr:href='data:f.url' expr:type='data:f.mimeType' target='_blank'><data:f.name/> (<data:f.feedType/>)</a> </b:loop> </div>-->

This method is HTML comment tag method which tells a browser that it's a comment and so it prevents rendering/loading it.

Last Words :

Did you find the above methods of removing feed links helpful ? If you encountered any problem, then do comment it. Also,don't forget to share this post on social media.Thanks
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Blogger : Remove Powered by Blogger Attribution

Powered by attribution is a vital part of a website or blog which tells a visitor about the sponsors and the software running the site.For instance, in WordPress blogs, you will see powered by WordPress. In some software like blogger and WordPress.org, there is no permanent condition of attributing to the softwares running the blog.Such softwares are open source. While there are others which require attribution. This is not related to footer links in free themes and templates which are linked to the template owner sites due to creative commons attribution.

Mostly, In the case of Blogger Blogspot blogs, bloggers like to beautify their blogs and control the site's appearance to whatever extent they can. Blogger templates are free and easy to customize. The attribution "Powered by Blogger" is present at the bottom of blog's footer in almost all the templates. Many bloggers don't worry about removing the attribution.Many on the other hand consider it annoying and unprofessional ,especially, those who are particularly artistic and wish to have complete authority of what they display on the blog, so one of their concerns is removing the powered by attribution widget and replacing it with their own custom blog attribution which surely makes things professional.

Furthermore,the attribution is a dofollow link and so it is leaking some of your link juice and page authority to blogger.com.If it was present on a single page then this would not be a problem.Since it appears on all pages so it does affect your blog in terms of SEO.
So I have listed 4 easy methods to remove blogger attribution widget from your blogs.

Method-1: Removing Blogger Attribution using CSS

This method is the easiest one.To remove the attribution by using CSS Go to your Blogger template → Click Customize to go to Template Designer → Navigate to Add CSS under Advanced options section and add the below code as custom CSS and click apply to remove the attribution.
Copy and paste the CSS above the skin.You can also paste the CSS above </head> and enclose it in style tags.

Method-2: Deleting Blogger Attribution via Blogger layout

In blogger by default the attribution widget is immovable or unremovable as it has a locked status inside the template settings, so to remove the attribution we first need to change locked status of the widget from true to false.
Steps to follow :
Go to your blogger template → Click Edit HTML → and look for the below code by pressing CTRL+F and searching for Attribution1 or just use "Jump to Widget" option in your Template HTML editor top menu and navigate to Attribution1.
<b:widget id='Attribution1' locked='true' title='' type='Attribution'>
After changing the value false, save your template. Now you can remove and move the Attribution widget.To remove it ,Go to dashboard blogger layout → Click on edit where Attribution widget is located → click the remove option and save your layout section. Now you won't be seeing the footer attribution anymore.

Method-3: Removing Attribution via HTML

If the above methods didn't work for you, then this method definitely will because this time we are going to use HTML browser commenting to remove the attribution from showing up on your blog. To remove the attribution once again navigate to blogger template and in the HTML editor search for Attribution1 by using CTRL+F or directly using the "Jump to Widget" drop-down menu. The code will look something like the one below.
<b:widget id='Attribution1' locked='true' title='' type='Attribution'> <b:includable id='main'> <b:if cond='data:feedbackSurveyLink'> <div class='mobile-survey-link' style='text-align: center;'> <data:feedbackSurveyLink/> </div> </b:if> <div class='widget-content' style='text-align: center;'> <b:if cond='data:attribution != &quot;&quot;'> <data:attribution/> </b:if> </div> <b:include name='quickedit'/> </b:includable> </b:widget>
Now on finding the above code you can either delete the entire code or just replace it with the below code to remove the blogger attribution from your template and blog. Don't forget to save your template after replacing the code.
<!--<b:widget id='Attribution1' locked='true' title='' type='Attribution'> <b:includable id='main'> <b:if cond='data:feedbackSurveyLink'> <div class='mobile-survey-link' style='text-align: center;'> <data:feedbackSurveyLink/> </div> </b:if> <div class='widget-content' style='text-align: center;'> <b:if cond='data:attribution != &quot;&quot;'> <data:attribution/> </b:if> </div> <b:include name='quickedit'/> </b:includable> </b:widget>-->
The above code simply converts the attribution widget into HTML comment and tells the browser to not render the code as it's just a comment enclosed between <!--code -->, thereby getting you rid of Powered by Blogger attribution forever.

Method-4: Eliminating Blogger Attribution from Mobile Template

Even after using the above methods the Powered by Blogger attribution still shows up If you haven't switched your Blogger mobile version from default to custom .So to amend it, Go to your blog template and this time click on the mobile preview button and in the popup window change the default mobile template to custom to remove the attribution from your mobile site as well.

In case if you only wish to hide the attribution only on your mobile templates then in your HTML template editor find the below code for attribution.
<b:widget id='Attribution1' locked='true' title='' type='Attribution'>
After finding the code add an extra attribute for mobile devices like in the code below to remove attribution from your mobile template.

<b:widget id='Attribution1' locked='true' mobile='no' title='' type='Attribution'>

Add Your Own Attribution :

Now to add your own attribution simply add a new HTML widget inside your blogger layout sections and add in the below code with proper attribution to your site, privacy links, about section etc.
<div align="center">© 2016 Your Site Name, All Rights Reserved | <a href="your privacy policy page url">Privacy Policy</a></div>
Or Go to the </footer> and paste the code above it.

Remarks :

I expect that this post helps you in removing the powered by the attribution of blogger.If you are confused about some step related to this post, then please comment.Support this blog by sharing this article on social media sites.Thanks.
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Blogger : Remove Quick Edit and Wrench Icons

Quick edit and wrench icon are helpful features on the occasion of editing articles and widgets. You will find quick edit icon above or below the posts and the wrench icon will appear where your blog widgets are located (in the footer and sidebar).The quick gives you the option of editing your posts easily and with less wastage of efforts and time.Similarly, the wrench icons help to edit the widgets with ease without going to the admin panel.

  1. Though these links are important for the author of the post/blog but they are of no use for the visitor/reader who just came to the blog to read the written piece of article.Your blog display does matter because this 2016 where speed and design have vital importance in SEO.There is a greater chance that a visitor will leave a blog with the poor display or unwanted icons.
  2. Although these links are helpful ,but in a way, they affect your blog page loading speed,SEO, and visual beauty.Each time a visitor visits the blog these image icons (wrench and pencil links) get loaded which increases loading time.
  3. Also, each icon sends an extra HTTP load request which also contributes in slowing down of page load speed.
  4. As these icons are images so they affect SEO because they don't have alt or title tags and so when a crawler/bot visits the blog it sees these images as unoptimized and rank you lower due to lack of meta information for these wrench icon images.
Keeping the above facts into consideration,I have listed three methods below through which you can remove these icons without affecting your template.

Method 1 : Using CSS to hide Wrench Icons

Go to your Blogger Template Editor → Click on Customize → Scroll down to Add custom CSS section and add in the below code and save your template to remove the quick edit links from your blog.
Copy the above CSS and paste it above the skin.If this also does not work then paste this CSS above </head> and enclose it in style tags.
The above code simply hides the icon links from the browser but may be visible on blogger template editor preview.

Method-2: Eliminating Quick Edit Icon links by Deletion

If you want to remove quick edit and wrench icon links permanently from your template you can use this method.
Steps to follow :
Go to blogger template →  Edit HTML → Search for The below tag by typing CTRL+F and delete all occurrences.
<b:include name='quickedit'/>
After deleting all the instances of quick edit tags,save your template and your enjoy your template free from the ugly looking feed link icons.

Method-3: Deleting Wrench Icons using HTML Browser Comments

If you don't want to remove quick edit links but only the wrench icons you can follow this method.
Steps to follow :
Go to your blogger template →HTML editor and look for
<b:include name='quickedit'/> 
by using CTRL+F and replace all its instances with the below code.
<!--b:include name='quickedit'/-->
The above code tells the browser to ignore it as it's a comment and hence getting rid of all the wrench icons.

Method 4 : Removing Quick Edit Pencil Icons from Blogger Posts

If you don't use the pencil icons above or below the articles and want to get rid of them follow these steps :
Go to your Blogger layout panel → Click Edit on Blog Posts layout and from the popped up options uncheck the "Show Quick Editing" option and click save to get rid of the pencil icon from your blog posts footer.

How to Check the Difference  ?

You can test the presence of these quick edit pencil and wrench icons by using web monitoring tools like Pingdom which will show you how these are affecting your blog speed and SEO with additional HTTP load requests and missing alt attributes. Check out the difference in your load speed and SEO ranking before and after removing the quick edit links to find out the striking difference in their absence.

Thoughts :

I hope this article helped you in removing quick edit and wrench icons from your template.Comment if you faced any problem.If you liked this article then do share it on the social media. Happy blogging!
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Facebook Comments : Pros and Cons

Facebook needs no introduction.You know its name ever since you joined the social hub.At present facebook is considered the top most social network because of its users and activity level.So this justifies why I chose to write on facebook comments after speaking about Disqus comments.

Facebook well deserves the credit of being the champion of the social club because it has a good design and a flexible commenting system.A few years back facebook developers thought of introducing facebook comments for websites and this decision proved to be a success.Websites/blogs started using facebook comments and it became helpful for them because everyone was familiar with facebook and commented without any fuss.

Pros :

  1.  Facebook has a simple and elegant comment box .The main advantage of using facebook comments is that almost everyone is familiar with facebook comments and you can expect high engagement rate/activity level by using facebook comments.
  2.  Almost every person using the internet has a facebook id and this is where you get worry free.Because of such vast user base ,anyone can comment on your blog using facebook comments without the botheration of logging into another social account.
  3. You can embed anything in comments (videos,pictures,gifs etc.)
  4. You can mention any person like that you do on facebook.
  5. You can edit your post/comment even after it is published.
  6. Facebook comments are SEO friendly and google indexes facebook comments.
  7. You can use facebook emoticons in comments.
  8. Comments free of spam has always been an effort of facebook.In this regard,it has good enough system to fight spam.You can also expect that real people will comment on your blog if they use facebook comments rather than people with fake names or email addresses.
  9. You can also get facebook notifications if someone comments on your blog using facebook comments plugin.

Cons :

  1. The major drawback of facebook comments is its slow loading because it is hosted on facebook and it is a very large website.That can slow down the page load speed.
  2. Design and CSS cannot be changed.However, the background color is changeable.

Last Words :

I love facebook comments as much as Disqus because both are almost the same.I don't use facebook comments on this blog.But I use it on my another blog named Entry test practice.The reasons are quite evident from the benefits and pros listed above.There are cons too but they are so minor that they don't stop you from using facebook comments plugin on your website/blog.
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