So, I googled my own name (Todd Mintz) and on page 4, I see a link to an old Search Engine Guide Story I wrote, with the URL being displayed being the Victoria (Australia) eGovernment website. At first, I thought that this was another instance of the "buy viagra" issue that was talked about during one of the SMX sessions.
However, upon closer examination (click the link above), I see that the state of Victoria has created by far the biggest "database" of links / content snippets from SEM articles that I've seen.
But, this isn't a passive directory that's passing high PR links to us...they are allowing my / our stories to be indexed in Google as being on their website (my story in question was viewed over 400 times).
I find it a bit curious that a government agency has created a splog-like database directory with little value and no original content. I find it a bit offensive that they are indexing my / our content as theirs. Some of the links redirect automatically to the proper page and some of the links take you to the government site from which you have to click thru to the original story.
As an example, they have 78 Search Engine Land stories indexed thusly.
Aussie tax dollars are paying for this crap:.(
//Webprofessor: edited it to have a description on the homepage