Google +1 Click Jacking

While investigating the whole WP/HQ Sand Box spamming thing, I came across something interesting. Our ‘buddy’, user robinruet several months ago, along with a recent post that was deleted spamming for takabd.com (don’t visit it, and do not +1 it). More recently, another user, WPgooglerankingBooster, was spamming for the same site. The current product they are peddling is something that will get you blacklisted from Google.

They’re selling a Google +1 click jacker, and advertise it as such. From their FAQ:

4) Is this Click-Jacking?

It is, however it has a lot of features that helps your blog stay under the radar. If the visitors are not logged in, the button will not be shown. We have developed an algorithm that doesn’t force all your visitors to click the +1 button, thing which is not recommended. We have been using it on several traffic blogs and we didn’t have any problems/complaints.

4)[sic] Is this within Google TOS? What can happen?

Click Jacking is a black hat technique and obviously not accepted by Google. BUT this script will not get you banned, as it will make all look like you are getting natural +1s and stay under the radar.

So what does it do? It is a plugin that adds a +1 button that hovers under your mouse courser. You click, it +1’s. Awesome, right? But wait, there’s more. The guys at takabd.com are just an affiliate, buyplusoneincreaser.com is the home of the plugin. They’re using the name WPPlusOne, which collides with an existing, legitimate plugin. A little digging reveals, this plugin seems to have first appeared on Warrior Forum. Warriro Forum member Mircea made a post announcing his WPPlusOne plugin.

Unfortunately, additional digging did not result in one finding the actual files to the click jacking plugin in question. Thus, I can not speak on the quality of the code it contains (for all I know it could contain a backdoor like BlogPress SEO). The nature of the plugin should be enough to warrant the “Avoid this Plugin” stamp.

Digging through buyplusoneincreaser’s site reveals some interesting tidbits. Even though the peddlers of WPPlusOne make the claim that you will not get banned for using their script, buyplusoneincreaser’s Terms and Conditions contains this nugget:

7. Liability
BuyPlusOneIncreaser.com is not responsible for the way you use WP Plus One Increaser. We are providing it for testing purposes only!

So the plugin isn’t going to get you banned from Google, but they are not responsible for the way you use it. Oh, and you should only use it for testing. This sounds like they’re admitting that it may get you banned, which contradicts the second #4 point in their FAQ. But hey, don’t fret, they’ll refund your purchase if within 30 days you are not satisfied (e.g. your site gets dropped from Google’s search results). Somehow I don’t think that will help much when you get dropped from Google’s search results.

-John Havlik

[end of transmission, stay tuned]

2 thoughts on “Google +1 Click Jacking

  1. I use Mircea’s plugin on several sites and my account is not in any danger. Speculate as you may but the results speak clearly = IT WORKS, IT WON’T and Technically CAN’T get you banned. Know the facts. Black Hat is what makes money and produces results. It’s what everyone is looking for and it’s right in front of their eyes. Unethical, Against Policy & Amoral doe not equate to something being illegal and neither does it negate any facts as the function of Mircea’s plugin. Kill the mysticism & GET MONEY.

    • Jordan: Speculate as you may but the results speak clearly = IT WORKS, IT WON’T and Technically CAN’T get you banned. Know the facts.

      I don’t buy in to this. The plugins I saw, would only need a person to visit the site to verify they are doing something evil and it’s ban time. The notion that the plugin may try to hide from people looking for it is grounds for being dropped by Google (they have done it in the past). I can’t speak on if the plugin works or not; I’m sure as hell not going to pay for it and a frankly don’t trust the plugin author.

      Jordan: Know the facts. Black Hat is what makes money and produces results. It’s what everyone is looking for and it’s right in front of their eyes.

      I’m sure it makes money, otherwise it would have died off long ago. As for producing results, that all depends on your definition of results. I’m sure there are people who are seeking these tools. They are the sort of folks that will do anything to get ahead and are the problem with humanity. I know quite a few folks that would not touch this, and I know quite a few “White Hats” that make good money and see results.

      Jordan: Unethical, Against Policy & Amoral doe not equate to something being illegal and neither does it negate any facts as the function of Mircea’s plugin.

      Funny that you bring up the legal aspect, something I was careful to not comment on within the post. I can’t comment on it’s legality within all jurisdictions. However, it does appear that some of its features may not follow EU privacy laws.

      -John Havlik

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *