My good mate and yours, Matt, posted on his blog that is is a bad thing to allow others to use your resources.
He said about email:
If someone came to you and said “I want to rent out your mail server. I’d like to send out some emails from your server, and I’ll give you $N to do it,” you’d be suspicious and probably say no–unless you wanted your mail server to end up on email blacklists.
then said this about web space:
if someone comes to you and says “I’ll give you $N to rent subdomains, subdirectories, or pages from you. Just link to my doorway pages from your content,” I would recommend to say no as well.
adding at the end :
it can affect the reputation of your domain if you host doorway pages for someone else and then that other person creates spam on the pages on your domain.
I have to ask the question, "Isn't this just blatant FUD (Fear Uncertaintity and Doubt) spreading ?"
A normal sales route of applying FUD (ala IBM et al) is to give a legitimate generic example of a "bad thing" then offer that example of proof of why another thing, similarly related is bad. To me this smells of FUD!
I can't say I blame Matt, as it's a lost more cost effective to use his spam fighting budget in spreading FUD than beating spam, but personally I know the system works and it seems so do some of his commentors.
I am seeing this on quite a regular basis now. I won’t name names as last time I did my post got deleted but I am seeing these pages on highly respected newspaper sites.