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Link Exchange Spam - It should be illegal.
01-25-2009, 08:33 AM
Post: #1
Link Exchange Spam - It should be illegal.
I get a lot of the below type of automated spam. It amazes me that they even pretend it's not spam. I'd be offended, if it were worth more physical energy. Worse, most of these sites are just link lists with associated paid ads from google or some other adserver.

As far as I'm concerned, there is no real content on these sites. They are cyber squatters who are taking money for ads that could have been placed on real sites. They take up space without providing a useful service to the wider internet community.

Some of them pretend to be doing meritorious things: saving starving babies in other countries, providing social services, environmental goodness, etc. They're all without virtue. I've become so jaded, that unless I actually know the person face to face, I ignore the request entirely.

If I could fire these people, I would. Certainly there is a special realm in Hell for cyber-squatting uber-spammers.

Code:
Hi,

My name is [color=#CC0000][bogus name number one here][/color].
I've just visited your website  [color=#CC0000][website number one I never heard of][/color]  and I
was wondering if you'd be interested in exchanging links with my
website?. I can offer you a home page link back from my [color=#CC0000][ostensible site type one here][/color]
website which is [color=#CC0000][website url one here][/color] with page rank
3.
[color=#0000CC](As if I care what their 'supposed' page rank is.
Google probably compensates for bogus sites like these.)[/color]

Your link will be placed here:

[website url one here] (It's a [color=#CC0000][ostensible site type one here][/color] website -
PR3) [color=#0000CC]<-- "3", "PR3" - always on a separate line to advertise importance?][/color]
[color=#0000CC](This probably won't happen - they don't really own this site. Otherwise, why
would they ask you to link to an entirely different site below? They
just want a quick way to get hits on a site they really own.)[/color]

As mentioned, your link would be placed on the site home page, not on
any "links" pages which may be buried in the site somewhere.

If you are interested please add  the following information to your
website and  kindly let me know when it´s ready and I will do the same
for you in less than 24 hours, otherwise you can delete my link from
your site.

[color=#0000CC](Here's the second site. Again - why would I post a link to this site, if they say
they'll post a link from the first site? I can only surmise they have no intention of
linking to my site from either site one or site two.)[/color]
TITLE: [color=#CC0000][website name two here][/color]
URL: [color=#CC0000][Associated website url two here][/color]
DESCRIPTION: The recycling web site designed to keep useful items out
of landfill.

Or you can use the following html code:

<a href="[color=#CC0000][website url two here][/color]">[color=#CC0000][website name two here][/color]</a> -
[color=#CC0000][Associated byline two here][/color]

I hope you have a nice day and thank you for your time,

[color=#CC0000][bogus name one here][/color]

[color=#0000CC](The last link sends the biggest alarm bell ringing:
I have to go to a third url to opt out. They don't even manage
their own spam. This is just a ploy to validate the sent email address,
much like image tracking for email )[/color]
PLEASE NOTE  THAT  THIS IS  NOT A SPAM  OR AUTOMATED MAIL , IT'S ONLY A
REQUEST FOR A LINK EXCHANGE.IF YOU DON'T WANT TO RECEIVE MORE MAILS IN
THE FUTURE JUST ENTER TO THE URL:
http://[color=#CC0000][website three][/color]/contact-us.html AND PLEASE ACCEPT OUR APOLOGIES
FOR CONTACTING YOU.
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01-25-2009, 12:25 PM
Post: #2
Link Exchange Spam - It should be illegal.
Yep, I get that garbage a lot.

Quote:Again - why would I post a link to this site, if they say
they'll post a link from the first site?

A lot of people don't like reciprocal links, which are really only a bad thing if they're obviously spammy and the sites aren't relevant to each other.

Since it usually is spam, they try to get around it by 3-way linking... but they still end up leaving a footprint that the search engines catch on to.

Spammers seem to have made reciprocal a dirty word in the linking world, but they can be good if done right.

Bad reciprocal link: Anything that's not porn related swapping links with a porn site.

Good reciprocal link: A site that sells fishing rods & lures trading links with a site that sells camping equipment.

If the two sites aren't direct competitors, but both sell to the same audience, then both can benefit from the links.

The other thing about irrelevant linking is that you're better off using something like Adsense. At least then, the links will be relevant to your content, and when people bail on your site, you'll at least get a few pennies. Tongue

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