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Itís been all over SEO-student rumor mill for weeks now, and has finally made it into my Inbox Ė in droves.
The new get-traffic-quick scheme for search engine results has arrived Ė flooding ping notification sites with update announcements, even though your blog hasnít been updated.
The question is does this- or some variation of it work? If not, where did this idea come from?
Okay, bad news first.
Pinging sites like Yahoo and Syndic8 every half-hour for several days or weeks, to notify of updates when they havenít been made, does nothing but clog up system. Itís called spam-pinging and it has been around since 2002.
If you havenít updated your blog, or youíre pinging updates of a site that isnít even a blog (or RSS feed, where applicable), in long run itís just going to make it harder to get listed at these sites.
In short run, you could get yourself banned from sites like Yahoo, though it isnít officially their policy to drop sites for spam-pinging.
True, not all sites that have recently updated lists you can ping to be on are set up to block pings of sites that arenít updated. But theyíve found ways to block certain sites and users before Ė itís only a matter of time.
So even in unlikely event that you could find some way to make this work temporarily, youíd just be setting yourself up to be dropped, in as little as a day in some cases.
So if this method doesnít work, why are there tools available to help you flood these directories?
Well, letís look at situation logically.
Until middle of 2004, certain adult web properties were able to create several bogus blog sites Ė in particular, blogspot.com. Theyíd found that links leading back to them from those sites helped their page rank in Google, as well as their search results placement.
Although Google got wise to them and closed this loophole by fall of this past year, several legitimate blog sites have found that they continue to enjoy high rankings for some keywords that are easier to get. Some people erroneously assume that itís because their updates appear on Weblogs.com and/or in Bloggerís Most Recently Updated pages several times a day.
Having noticed that occasionally, they would get spidered around same time they posted, they realized that there was a correlation between pinging and better search engine listings.