Admits to blog spamming
Threadwatch member JasonD writes an open letter to a self proclaimed "spam hunter" about why he spams blog comments and what he's prepared to do about the problems his actions cause for bloggers. (introduction by Nick W)
It seems that I have won a new fan going by the name of the Spam Huntress.
She received a visitor on her blog that found her via the search term "blog spamming software" and thought, "Hmmm, let's take a look at those results" and went off to her favourite search engine and tried the search too.
She saw a link coming to our very own Threadwatch and paid us a visit and made her thoughts known on her blog. I thought I'd reply :)
My message to Ann is simple and C&P'd below
Thanks for the link, even with a rel=nofollow
In all seriousness though I am one of those few spammers that admit to being so but I’ll be brutally honest here. I don’t actually want to do it.
I spam because that’s what the market demands and the market demands it because everyone else is doing it in certain industries.
Although the blogging and other communities that offer interaction with their website visitors may not like my creed I do believe that working with those people (people like me) that undertake the nefarious link spam is the way forward in finding out a real, dependable and final answer.
I was (and still am by the way) happy to work with the engines in showing them a solution that will kill the problem once and for all. Unfortunately I wasn’t invited to the summit organised by Technorati. That was a decision for them to take and I respect it entirely. It was their show and for them to decide whether they wanted me or “my kind” there or not.
They chose not
Unfortunately what you and other blogging spam fighters do in trying to ascertain who the spammers are (however admirable) will not kill the problem, it will simply displace it to others who aren’t as knowledgable as yourselves. It will also only be the smaller style link hunters that you’ll end up putting off and not the harder core, more experienced ,knowledgeable and financially motivated spammers. In essence it is fire fighting when what is needed is a solution that will simply not combust!
I have been told on more than one occasion that I am a WANKER and I agree
I Work According to Need, Knowledge, Experience and ROI
While I and others take the commercial view and while it is legal to link spam (and unlikely to ever change) the problem isn’t going to disapear.
The Register at http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/01/31/link_spamer_interview/ had a superb article where they interviewed a link spammer and I think it is a worthwhile read. You may not like what is said but it is a fair example of why this takes place.
On a fun note I just wanted to make a small comment about your final paragraph. The reality is that if you can find the relationships between the sites I spam for and me then those sites deserve to be dropped from the SERPs as I haven’t hidden them well enough!
Also there is more than one search engine and Yahoo, MSN, Ask and others deliver tremendous financial value to me so don’t forget to try and get me banned there too.
Finally I want to offer myself as willing, happy and able to work with you in finding a long term answer. Drop me a line and we can have a chat and put a plan of action together.
It will put you out of work as the spam huntress, but I am sure that is a price you’re happy to pay !