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April 25, 2008

Spam Blogs

Filed under: Geek-Fu,IFJ,Rants @ 2:10:09 AM
From the "Domo-arigato, Mr. Roboto" Department

I’m noticing a weird new trend in my not-so-daily blogging career.

It seems, that just minutes, or hours after I post, I get at least one pingback or trackback from some strange “robot site”.

Usually these sites have a theme, like Hillary Clinton, or Barack Obama, or hemroids, and they link with the phrase, “Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com has an interesting post: [Insert Article Title]
[Then an incomplete excerpt]”

Sometimes, I will follow the link, and the article linking to Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com seems harmless enough, but you follow a link to the homepage and its littered with spamvertizements.

However, there are also sites that have no ads what so ever, and just appear to be link bots. This is the most confusing to me. WHY would someone create a site, that crawls the net, find articles with keywords in them, link to them and be done?

Either way, I delete them from your viewing pleasure. The Editors of Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com abhor spam, even if it is entirely harmless.

My first thought was someone nefarious, looking to legitimize their site before they start their life of spam and are blacklisted by the major watch dogs. But so far, I’ve not seen any evidence of this.

The folks at Akismet (A decent Anti-Blog-Spam device, which I don’t use) suggest these sites are around to “Steal” blogger’s work in hopes they get higher page rank, where they can generate ad money from.

That sounds diabolical as well.

Any other observers, out there, want to weigh in on this internet mystery?


  1. I agree with the last idea. To sell ads, you need to prove evidence of traffic volume. The higher the volume, the higher the price to advertise.

    Comment by Dad — April 25, 2008 @ 10:48:53 AM

  2. I’m getting the same thing on my blog. It’s a pain in the keister.

    Comment by bentspoon — April 27, 2008 @ 8:52:36 PM

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