Dodgy Blog Link Spam
Posted by Brian Kelly (UK Web Focus) on 2 May 2007
The first link I spotted from the admin section of my blog to Sheila Webber’s guest blog posting was entitled “Blogs and RSS May 1, 2007 3:29 pm”. That sounded of interest, so I followed it, to be presented with a porn site which had aggregated various postings on the subject of blogs and/or RSS.
The blog had also aggregated content on a variety of porn topics, but also the following:
I suspect the company isn’t doing anything illegal – it’s simply taking RSS feeds (often with Creative Commons licences) and choosing its own preferred links, adverts and accompanying images.
But such services will possibly adversely influence link rating schemes, such as Technorati (although, to be fair, Technorati does seem to be quite good at filtering link and tag spam). But be warned – those links to your blog may not be all that they seem!