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February 13, 2006

Spam blogging, anyone?

Stephen Baker

Thumb-twiddling entrepreneurs just need to install this software, then kick back and live the life of an automatic editor--or what many would call a blogspammer. The pitch:

Who Else Wants to Know The Secret To Higher Search Engine Rankings And Massive Affiliate Revenue With Self Updating Websites?

Let me Show You How to Build An Empire Of Affiliate Cash Machines On Auto Pilot With Blogs!

Greg Hoffman points to this software in a post in which he describes his on campaign against spam blogs to protect his brands. (Thanks Josh Hallett)

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spam and other abuses

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Apparently "the two biggest problem blogger's face" do not include the proper use of apostrophes.

On the other hand, is literacy really a virtue if you are selling to illiterates?

Posted by: Paul Ding at February 16, 2006 07:06 AM

At least it seems that the software provides a link back to the original post. My content is currently being fed to someone else's blog right now at http://www.dailyvodcasts.com/. In my case, however, the blog author doesn't link to my site but claims the post (along with others like Rocketboom, This or That TV, etc.) as his own.

I only found out that he was highjacking my content because I had added bonus features to my RSS feed through Feedburner (i.e. Add to Delicio.us; E-mail this; Add a Comment; etc.), so I ended up getting a trackback due to my own RSS-embedded Comments link which shows up on his site (to the author's chagrin, I'm sure).

I tried to find the contact details on the author on WhoIs, but his name is not listed. Luckily, I was able to get his name from a friend of mine on the Yahoo Videoblogging Group (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/videoblogging/message/33163).

I think this method of blogging is appalling and if he ever tries to monetize, he will have multiple lawsuits on his hands. He is already breaking one rule that I know Kitkast and Rocketboom both share with the same Creative Commons license; to give credit to the original source.

Posted by: Kitka at February 16, 2006 12:25 PM


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