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Get an authority link from Slashdot

Howdy, guys! Hope you’re all having a profitable (and fun) January! I’d like to share with you a little tip I picked up on how to get authority links from sites such as Slashdot.

Credit where it’s due. My good friend, Andrew, from Dirty Melon shared this with me, so he’s been kind enough to do a guest post and share the wealth with us all….

Over to Andrew:

“If you’re anything like me you hunt for links like Sherlock Holmes on speed. And if you love a good trick, try this slice of BlackHat Forest Gateau:

1. Fire up a browser and get yourself over to Slashdot’s story submission page.

2. Bash your keyboard until you’ve spammed the form enough, whilst dropping a link into the “scoop” field which features your keywords.

3. Grab something like the Firefox Web Dev toolbar and convert the form methods from POST to GET.

4. Hit the button which says “Preview story”

5. Bookmark the url with something like del.ico.us, stumbleupon or onlywire (Note from Mark: basically drop links anywhere to it, to get it indexed)

Voila! You have a link from Slashdot – Now run along and chase your tail in the yard, until the happiness wears off and you’re ready to find 20 other sites, with similar submit pages to exploit!”

Pretty neat trick, huh? Now yes, before someone cries, “but that page won’t have PR9 like the homepage!”, it doesn’t matter. There is a different between getting links from high link equity pages and getting links from trusted domains, they are both important. Authority links are an excellent way to get a new website trusted in Google and get you off to a flying start to rank quickly.

As Andrew points out, there are actually a whole bunch of high authority sites you can use with this technique. We’ll let you figure that part out (:

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31 responses to “Get an authority link from Slashdot”

  • Dave says:

    Love it. Totally love it!

    Comment by Dave
    January 18th, 2008 @ 3:22 am

  • Mark says:

    Hehe, I’m pleased! Thank, Andrew though – not me :)

    Comment by Mark
    January 18th, 2008 @ 3:37 am

  • David Wilson says:

    Interesting, but I note that it gives me a nofollow link. Isn’t that somewhat of a negative?

    Comment by David Wilson
    January 18th, 2008 @ 4:16 am

  • web design barcelona says:

    Hi. Doesn’t the link just sit there in the URL input field though, rather than being enclosed in a tags? Or am I missing something?

    Comment by web design barcelona
    January 18th, 2008 @ 10:34 am

  • Stephen says:

    Nice tip! BTW the Slashdot submission link is bored :)

    Comment by Stephen
    January 18th, 2008 @ 10:35 am

  • Stephen says:

    bored? *borked*

    Comment by Stephen
    January 18th, 2008 @ 10:35 am

  • Mark says:

    Thanks, Stephen. Fixed :)

    Comment by Mark
    January 18th, 2008 @ 11:10 am

  • Mark says:


    I would take a look at Jon’s Nofollow Experiment. While Nofollows certainly don’t pass link juice like followed links, Google does indeed “follow” them and see where they link too.

    It is quite common for authorative sites to control external user linking with nofollow, but having this site link to you, maybe be enough of a tip for Google that your site is trusted.

    As I mentioned in the post, the exercise is not about passing link equity, more trying to convince Google your site is trusted.

    Comment by Mark
    January 18th, 2008 @ 12:38 pm

  • web design barcelona says:

    Ok, I see what I was doing wrong – you need to put the link into the “The Scoop” field (not the subject field)

    Comment by web design barcelona
    January 18th, 2008 @ 1:45 pm

  • Paul says:

    Cool idea, i was thinking google could probably weed this out easy though. I think there was a previous post about doing this on orange.co.uk?

    Ie they could just dissallow any link with / in it or similiar. Is there any evidance they are doing this yet? Good post though :)

    Comment by Paul
    January 18th, 2008 @ 3:21 pm

  • Andrew says:

    My bad that should be the Scoop field not the subject. – Could u update the post Mark? – Thanks

    Comment by Andrew
    January 18th, 2008 @ 6:50 pm

  • Code4Gold says:

    Neat little trick there. Thanks !! Also, regarding the discussion about nofollow, it’s already been proven (by me) that Google does follow these links and if you’re trying to get a site or blog indexed, you can do it in under 24 hours by posting a comment on a blog like TechCrunch or ProBlogger even if they are nofollow’ed.

    Comment by Code4Gold
    January 18th, 2008 @ 7:12 pm

  • neil says:

    Thanks for the tip. If anyone knows of other sites to do this with let me know as I wouldn’t know where to start!

    Comment by neil
    January 18th, 2008 @ 7:29 pm

  • Paul says:

    I tried this but couldn’t get passed changing to post to get

    Comment by Paul
    January 18th, 2008 @ 10:48 pm

  • Mike Merten says:

    I managed to do this, but I’m stupid about how to find other “forms” to do it with ;p

    Question, though… Does increasing the number of trusted links you get work to your benefit?

    Comment by Mike Merten
    January 20th, 2008 @ 1:00 am

  • ./ says:

    “This resource is no longer valid. Please return to the beginning and try again.”


    Comment by ./
    January 20th, 2008 @ 9:09 am

  • adam says:

    “Requested resource is invalid. Please return to the beginning and try again.”

    End of party on Slashdot, let’s find another club. :)

    Comment by adam
    January 20th, 2008 @ 9:51 pm

  • defproc says:

    You marketing types are forever coming up with ways of screwing over digital democracy to make a quick buck. Too many marketeers don’t realise there’s a difference between business skill and social ignorance. I’d like to word this a little more articulately, but I just can’t. You are fucking over mankind.

    Comment by defproc
    January 22nd, 2008 @ 3:47 am

  • Mark says:

    Hahaha, that’s the best comment I’ve ever had.

    Don’t you think you’re overreacting a little? If getting a sneaky link from a Slashdot page is “fucking over mankind”, what are your thoughts on the war in Iraq?

    You kind of overzealous, self-righteous, ignorant, loud-mouths always crack me up


    Comment by Mark
    January 22nd, 2008 @ 10:12 am

  • defproc says:

    I didn’t expect an informed reply anyway. Not from someone who can’t see what’s wrong with exploiting a procedure designed to guarantee impartiality (for the first time ever in the media).

    Comment by defproc
    January 22nd, 2008 @ 1:07 pm

  • Mike says:

    Mark’s fucking over mankind again??? God… FWIW nobody could fuck over mankind the way Bush has fucked over America. And now Oliver Stone wants to do a movie about him. Eulogizing a fool…

    Comment by Mike
    January 22nd, 2008 @ 1:59 pm

  • mark says:

    I’m sorry you think that way, but it seems you are misinformed yourself.
    I assume you mean that Google will “guarantee impartiality”, which is probably the most laughable statement I’ve ever heard.

    Yes, the corporate, share-owned company is going to maintain perfect impartiality at the cost of business??

    First off, lets look at SERPs – Google is already giving extra icons to those who use their products, such as checkout.

    Google offers the highest PPC positions to those who basically, can pay the most.

    Oh, but you were referring to the organic algorithm? The one that relies almost totally on link authority?
    Who do you think owns the most link authority? Naturally, it will be large media companies like the BBC and news/media networks who can pump out 100s of articles a day and attract the most regular links from net users.
    It is these large companies that then decide who to link to and who not to link to and who gets coverage. These media companies aren’t exactly what you’d call non-bias.

    I took a look around your website, and to be honest, I’m in agreement with you it seems with a lot of your political views, which seem quite honorable. However, you still seem to have a childish idealism which doesn’t really work in the real world. Yes, marketing has an impact on society, but I wouldn’t batter this to the same level as brain washing people to buy coke with banners and subliminal messaging, search is pull-marketing and I can provide people with good content, that they search for. Why shouldn’t I rank as well as Fox Corp?

    If people don’t like it, they can always look further down the SERPs.

    I think you have:
    1) Taking search marketing totally out of context, in how users interact with the web.

    2) You are patronising readers as if they have no choice about which website to visit, which search engines to use and how they can form their own experience.

    3) You have an idealistic (which is fine), but ultimately, unrealistic view of how people are competing on the web.
    4) You have missed the fundamental reason of, what makes trying to rank in the search engines so bad, when you can deliver a message of equal or greater quality?

    Here’s the scoop:

    Media companies are bias and have a lot of power.

    Digg is a closed pen and is gamed regularly, along with most social news sites.

    Most of the top search results of gambling, property, finance are blackhat.

    Social networking sites are spammed and exploited to hell.

    None of my techniques effect the end user experience, so I think it’s fair game. If you can’t see that, being “a geek that will inherit the earth” – from your website. Then you’ll be, as geeks say, pwned.

    Comment by mark
    January 22nd, 2008 @ 2:25 pm

  • Andrew says:

    /me pats defproc on the back for using comments as viral marketing – I’m sure digeratimarketing.co.uk will be defproc’s top referrer this month!

    Comment by Andrew
    January 22nd, 2008 @ 2:48 pm

  • Mark says:

    Haha, most likely.. The little hyprocrite can make some pennies on the Adsense he’s whoring himself out to… Gooooooo Google Corp.!

    Comment by Mark
    January 22nd, 2008 @ 3:03 pm

  • Mike says:

    The only thing Google’s out there for is MONEY. Anytime a company goes public, that occurs. You have to take care of the stockholders.

    And like every big corporation, Google nevertheless wants to maintain the image that they’re “not that way.” So they make sure they screw you with quality scores and content network bullshit — but in a NICE way.

    Oh I love companies that screw me in a NICE way. Such good vaseline…

    Comment by Mike
    January 22nd, 2008 @ 3:41 pm

  • Andrew says:

    Google’s motto: “Don’t be evil” – I think it may have changed slightly when they floated… “Don’t appear to be evil”

    Comment by Andrew
    January 22nd, 2008 @ 5:08 pm

  • Mike says:

    I think the worst part about it is that they try to lay this bullshit off on you and disguise the bullshit with intellectualized drivel that nobody has the time to analyze or bother with. I’m talking about the “quality” factors that govern the price of ppc words. Google’s got to get their extra pennies in a NICE, intellectualized kind of way. And I don’t think they’re kidding anybody.

    Comment by Mike
    January 22nd, 2008 @ 5:16 pm

  • defproc says:

    To the chaps who noticed that I entered my URL into the URL box and concluded somehow that my intention is to hypocritically increase my site’s rating: don’t be so bloody ridiculous. You know as well as anyone else (so please stop pretending you don’t) that there is a world of difference between placing my URL where it is — quite literally — asked for and exploiting a system based, as best as current technology allows, on trust.

    I was originally going to say something else to the gentlemen complaining that I show Google ads on my site, but it’s pretty much the same answer. Unlike many sites that were set up for the sole purpose of having money-making adverts, the adverts on my site were a ‘why not’ afterthought. And I do in fact block individual adverts if I think they are unfair or misleading.

    To Mark: you raised some great points in your reply — much better than your original response of ridiculing straw effigies of my arguments and insulting me. I am in full agreement in particular, as I’m sure you’d expect from my content, with your line “Why shouldn’t I rank as well as Fox Corp?” but my initial thoughts still stand: that exploiting an honest community’s trust is ethically questionable to say the least.

    Comment by defproc
    January 22nd, 2008 @ 9:46 pm

  • the1982smith says:

    more fun with this exploit – .GOV sites – hxxp://www.blackhatworld.com/blackhat-seo/black-hat-seo/5635-gat-backlinks-gov-sites.html

    Comment by the1982smith
    January 26th, 2008 @ 12:13 pm

  • Rom @ PR4 Link Directory says:

    Oh too bad I just stumbled on this post. Would have made a good backlink… :(

    Comment by Rom @ PR4 Link Directory
    February 20th, 2008 @ 3:48 pm

  • IanP says:

    I agree with all of this it is totally disgusting! Does this get me a link to my site.?

    Comment by IanP
    February 21st, 2008 @ 5:39 pm