If you are a SEO then you are probably familiar with Google’s Advanced Operators for Web Search, advanced operators are to SEOs what Katana is to a Samurai. Most spammers use advanced search operators to find target sites with specific foot prints in order to build spammy links.

Here are some typical operators they would use:

  • site:.edu “foot print”
  • site:.com “footprint” intitle:”keyword”
  • inurl:”keyword” site:.co.uk “footprint”

Below are some of the footprints that they would normally looks for:

Blogging and CMS Software

  • Habari
  • Loudblog
  • Mephisto
  • Micolog
  • Nucleus CMS
  • pivot
  • Plogger
  • pMachine
  • 4Images
  • Atomsite
  • bBlog
  • Blogsmith
  • Blojsom
  • BoastMachine
  • ByteFlow
  • Newtelligence “dasBlog”
  • DotClear
  • Serendipity / S9Y
  • Subtext
  • Textcube
  • WikyBlog
  • B2Evolution
  • Pligg
  • BlogEngine
  • Vanilla
  • Statusnet
  • Ez Publish
  • Php Fusion
  • PHPIzabi
  • Geeklog
  • Livestreet
  • Flatpress
  • Lifetype

Forum Software

  • FluxBB
  • XMB Forums
  • E107
  • XenoBB
  • Quicksilver
  • UseBB
  • AEF
  • Quicksilver
  • bbPress
  • MyBB
  • eBlah
  • UBB Threads
  • jForum

Disclaimer: I don’t advocate or recommend using these link building techniques. Yes they work in certain cases but this is not a long term strategy and certainly not the proper way of building links.