faithfirst1001 — 2011-08-07T05:56:24-04:00 — #1
I would love your tips on how to spot/avoid blackhat SEO providers. Also what are the most common blackhat tactics?
theraptor — 2011-08-07T08:32:45-04:00 — #2
Keyword Stuffing: trying to stuff as many keywords as possible in the meta tags of a document, and Hidden Text: text that is hidden from the visitors view but is readable by a search engine bot, are very common in the world of BlackHat SEO.
Doorway pages: pages that are created specifically for search engine bots; these pages are also choked full of keywords and phrases to help rankings, and Page Cloaking (commonly used with Doorway Pages): this occurs when the webmaster creates two separate versions of his/her page, one for search engines and one for the normal visitors, are some other tactics that are used.
manpasand — 2011-08-07T09:05:53-04:00 — #3
Do some research online about SEO provider and check if anybody has complaint about them.
Review SEO provider OR SEO Company's employees profile on Linkedin/Google maps. Check the SEO provider website, if he/she is doing any black hat techniques.
black_max — 2011-08-08T01:15:47-04:00 — #4
Blackhat SEO is unethical, treading near the criminal in certain instances, and a topic we generally don't like to explore at SitePoint. We're family-friendly in more ways than one. Besides, if you do a forum search, I estimate you'll find approximately one quintillion posts on the subject. Thread closed.
However, here's a Google search to get you started on the subject.