Because of this difference of opinion, I thought I would try to resurrect an old sleeping dog and see if we can agree what SPAM is. Personally I'd love to get some official Search Engine views on specifics but I reckon hell may freeze over first. Please prove me wrong though :)
So to kick start the discussion here are a few well known views on what is spam.
I believe that intent is the arbitrar of whether a page/site is SPAM or not.
Do you instinctively
* Place a keyword in your title tag?
* Register a domain name with a keyword?
* Post links to your sites in sig files?
* Look at that little green bar when surfing?
If so you are showing tell tale signs of being a spammer!
Definitions of search engine spam on the Web:
* Excessive manipulation to influence search engine rankings, often for pages which contain little or no relevant content. Can result in penalization of a web site.
* Search Engine Spam are pages created deliberately to trick the search engine into offering inappropriate, redundant, or poor-quality search results. Inappropriate content is content not related to the actual search query. An extreme example is an adult-content site that places the keywords "Disney" and "Barney the Dinosaur" on its pages to trick visitors into coming to the site. ...
Everything that everyone does, other than his mates is spam
But what do YOU think is the true definition of Search Engine Spam