How to get unlimited links and content on a .edu domain

 
October 08th, 2006 - Filed under Issues, Rumors & Scandal,Websites by Cristian Mezei
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Each day I’m getting so many spam comments, with links to files hosted on .edu domains. I am wondering, how are these people getting access to them ? Most of the time they put a certain URL in their comment URL field, as well as in the body, that lead to redirects to porn websites. Here is an example :

.edu spam

The .edu link above redirects to : http://italianpiacere.com/ (warning, it’s p0rn).

Why aren’t these things under control ? I found spam on .edu domains in the past too. On a much greater scale.

I decided to see how the heck this(ese) dude(s) managed to do this spam. It’s EASY. Just go to cdm.berkeley.edu which is a Wiki. Click on upload file (lower left toolbar) and there you go. Have a look at that SPAM and p0rn. As a total unauthorised person, you can upload any file, link to it, redirect it, etc.

The amount of spam generated in this way on .edu domains is unacceptable. Schools should REALLY enforce security on what their students can do (if this was done by a student). Or maybe the whole subdomain + the wiki (not just the upload of pages) were created by someone with access to the servers, with the sole reason in mind, to spam.

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11 Comments so far

October 8th, 2006

This is really interesting, and I’m sure there’s a lot of open sites like this on .EDU domains. But I think what is key here for SEO is that sneaking links here an there on obscure .EDU sites really isn’t good SEO. I say this, because the key to getting .EDU and .GOV backlinks has less to do with simply being on an educational or government website, but has more to do with the likelihood of a .EDU and .GOV being seen as a trustworthy, authoritative site. My guess is that most of those sites (or areas of the site) are difficult to get links on, but would have the most impact. My other guess is that simply having a link on a subdomain of Berkeley wiki isn’t going to do very much to help any site in the SERPs.

October 8th, 2006

I’m just saying that everybody can do it. I’m not the one who’s gonna’ tell you that .edu links are gold, or that links from that subdomain are really going to be useful for any website. But in the sheer quantity these guys are getting (from machine generated spammy blog/forum/website posts/comments)links, they’re as usefull as any other link in the same quantity.

Most of the guys out there really enjoy this .edu and .gov trend. Most of the black hat guys, because what I wrote above is a true blackhat tehnique.

I am going to settle with a link from mattcutts.com though.

Italianpiacere.com said:
October 10th, 2006

Hi!
That was not targetted to specially any educational or school sites. Yr right its pritty stupid what total unauthorised person can upload a file. berkeley.edu was chosen because of high PR rating.
http://www.italianpiacere.com/cristianmezei.txt
Guys, be happy
(sorry for mustakes if any)

October 11th, 2006

So seeing that you are using this blackhat tehnique, tell me more. Did it helped you to spam all the .edu domains ? How much did it helped ? What software did you used ?

Etc.

PS: I’m trying to make the best out of the worst. You are still a spammer, and you know that right ?

Italianpiacere.com said:
October 11th, 2006

Its not a matter – edu, com or net.
As u know google (during building his indexes and therefore search results) looks at many criteria and the main are: first is the % of keyword word :) in the page and the second is – quantity of backlinks (aka rating to popularity). Actually I hate _mail_ spam and i dont use it in my seo workz, but sometime a have to use “search” spaming to make backlinks.

October 11th, 2006

but sometime a have to use “search” spaming to make backlinks

How do you find websites to spam ? What software do you use ? Those are the questions that I want you to answer.

May 4th, 2007

I think the google is the master of searching spam sites:) For example try to find on google all Wiki sites :)

Regards

May 16th, 2007

Looks like someone took your advice and disabled the editing of this Wiki, along with the ability to upload any files

Chetan said:
May 22nd, 2007

Weird!

.edu redirected to a p0rn ??
Thanks for pointing that Cristian!
And ya as tyler said, the wiki is not in-editable to me too!

redditch said:
July 31st, 2007

anyone got a .edu blog forsale email me on completebusinesssolutions@hotmail.co.uk

Logo expert said:
November 1st, 2007

Hi,
Its a informative post.Until i read your post,I am not aware of this.yeah, i agree with Adrian Stanila, google is the master of searching spam sites.Thanks for sharing with us!

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