By: Chris Bennett

College Websites Selling Viagra by the Case Loads

April 19, 2007

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If you are not familiar with the term “Parasite SEO” it is the practice of creating an optimized web page on sites that Google has placed a lot of trust. Schools and College web sites have become very susceptible to this as the Google “Trust Knob” has been turned way up for .edu domain names. Not just anyone can get a .edu domain name, there is a very lengthy process of approval. In as such there is an SEO Wise tail that claims links from .edu domains will help you rank higher and gain more trust in Google. I think there is some truth to it, I have done presentations on SEO at colleges and recieved links only a couple steps down from the homepage and seen some nice trust passed, I have tested Parasite SEO on different things and found some interesting results. But perhaps the most valid aurgument for .edu’s hording trust is the Google Searches “Buy Viagra” and “Buy Cialis.”

If you look at the listings you will see that what these sites are doing is setting up pages on .edu’s linking to them to get them ranked in the top ten of Google for these terms then re-directing them to their site selling the actual product. The page that is currently number 1 for Buy Viagra has 75 links to it according to Yahoo.

I was curious as to how many colleges are being exploited for parasite seo pages selling Viagra and Cialis, so I had someone go through and do a search for every College web site in the US.

site:COLLEGEDOMAIN.edu buy viagra

example: site:stanford.edu buy viagra

This shows how many pages on the College Site have the Words Buy Viagra on them, we started with just Viagra, but found there are legitimate reasons as to why colleges may mention the term but probably very few legitamate reasons why they would mention Buy Viagra.

We got the list from here http://www.utexas.edu/world/univ/state/

Here is the list of the Colleges Selling the most ED Meds online: (I bolded the colleges that are ranking in the top 10 of Google right now for Viagra or Cialis)

55,400 = wsu.edu
22,700 = nyu.edu
21,300 = uci.edu
12,900 = berkeley.edu
8,250 = upenn.edu
6,450= utah.edu
5,730= uky.edu
5,510= harvard.edu
4,250= ohio-state.edu – Number one for Buy Viagra and Buy Cialis
3,250= smu.edu
2,910= arizona.edu
2,900= uncp.edu
2,600= tamu.edu
2,540= uiuc.edu
2,480= wwu.edu
2,270= syr.edu
2,330= stanford.edu – Ranking for Both Viagra and Cialis
2,150= css.edu
2,120= asu.edu
2,130= lsu.edu
1,910= cornell.edu
1,910= umn.edu
1,770= msu.edu
1,770= oregonstate.edu
1,700= indiana.edu
1,700= dsu.edu
1,570= uga.edu
1,520= umd.edu
1,250= maine.edu
1,250= uwm.edu
1,250= uta.edu
1,150= uwyo.edu
1,130= psu.edu
1,080= cuny.edu
1,060= unl.edu
963 = unc.edu
885 = purdue.edu
865 = usc.edu
840 = vanderbilt.edu
827 = virginia.edu
779 = uml.edu
762 = ucsc.edu
746 = emu.edu
734 = uncc.edu
717 = sandiego.edu
693 = wesleyan.edu
679 = yale.edu
668 = vt.edu
659 = bentley.edu
637 = uh.edu
635 = unt.edu
623 = rpi.edu
612 = marywood.edu
604 = ucla.edu
602 = kennesaw.edu
595 = seattleu.edu
577 = umich.edu
565 = jhu.edu
550 = ufl.edu
537 = cc.edu
491 = babson.edu
468 = ucdavis.edu
466 = buffalo.edu
451 = clemson.edu
450 = sunysb.edu
447 = vcu.edu
442 = mec.cuny.edu
441 = philau.edu
417 = washington.edu
415 = edgewood.edu
404 = spokane.wsu.edu
396 = brandeis.edu
377 = sbc.edu
376 = rit.edu
374 = brynmawr.edu
370 = caltech.edu
367 = depaul.edu
366 = pdx.edu
354 = truman.edu
352 = csusm.edu
350 = ucsb.edu
347 = csulb.edu
342 = mnsu.edu
338 = utexas.edu – Ranking for both Viagra and Cialis
331 = ucsd.edu
320 = uvm.edu
318 = miami.edu
310 = colorado.edu
291 = iastate.edu
283 = coe.edu
279 = uchicago.edu
277 = middlebury.edu
272 = lemoyne.edu
268 = immaculata.edu
261 = usouthal.edu
255 = princeton.edu
253 = prin.edu
252 = towson.edu
249 = davidson.edu
244 = hartford.edu
239 = duke.edu
236 = acp.edu
235 = hawaii.edu
234 = kent.edu
209 = northwestern.edu
209 = osu.edu
209 = columbia.edu
207 = tcnj.edu
193 = cmich.edu
188 = auburn.edu
187 = umb.edu
186 = ttu.edu
183 = earlham.edu
182 = uth.tmc.edu
181 = umkc.edu
180 = andrews.edu
180 = jsc.vsc.edu
180 = byu.edu
179 = nau.edu
179 = wisc.edu
172 = unm.edu
169 = marist.edu
169 = fau.edu
168 = wpunj.edu
168 = utk.edu
167 = radford.edu
164 = siena.edu
159 = uab.edu
159 = smwc.edu
157 = dartmouth.edu
157 = wwc.edu
154 = wayne.edu
153 = fit.edu
152 = spsu.edu
147 = usf.edu
145 = uark.edu
144 = ugf.edu
144 = emerson.edu
136 = rose-hulman.edu
135 = memphis.edu
133 = siu.edu
131 = cmsu.edu
129 = sc.edu
125 = fiu.edu
124 = okstate.edu
123 = rochester.edu
118 = bucknell.edu
116 = georgetown.edu
115 = valdosta.edu
114 = hunter.cuny.edu
114 = csufresno.edu
110 = montana.edu
109 = calstatela.edu
104 = gatech.edu
102 = albany.edu
101 = snhu.edu
90 = dothan.troy.edu
90 = troy.edu
87 = fandm.edu
84 = csupomona.edu
84 = umbc.edu
79 = csuchico.edu
76 = dsu.edu
75 = lakeland.edu
75 = colstate.edu
74 = case.edu
73 = tamu-commerce.edu
73 = ucsf.edu
58 = howard.edu
56 = bsu.edu
56 = tamug.edu
51 = hampshire.edu
51 = pitt.edu
48 = ou.edu
40 = drury.edu
35 = uiowa.edu
33 = mercer.edu
32 = salisbury.edu
31 = monm.edu
31 = smcvt.edu
16 = williams.edu
13 = uvsc.edu
15 = njit.edu
14 = usfca.edu
9 = tcu.edu
6 = wiu.edu
5 = emich.edu
2 = uri.edu

(this is according to this Data Center – http://216.239.39.99 there are some different numbers showing up on different DC’s, but the colleges with the most pages indexed for the terms stayed pretty much the same)

Hat Tip to

Rand – Parasite Hosting Now Dominating Spam Results

WebGuerilla – Forbes Gets a Hand Job?

Seo Black Hat – University Domain Conditional Trust Rank

Alex F – Top 20 US Universities

Written by Chris Bennett on April 19, 2007

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