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Saturday, June 17, 2006

Link Spam

Beware: Rant Ahead...

Recently I have noticed a very disturbing change in the Blogs that Link Here search through Technorati. I have long professed sharing links with other blogs that have some reasonable relationship with my Work at Home blog.

I have done the Good Reads links to share work at home information for any visitor or regular reader who is looking for interesting things related to home business on the internet.

I have used links in various forms to share blogs I read and always include the URL for any article I reference.

I have participated in Blogtipping.

I believe sharing links is a good thing for the parties involved.

Until now...

There have been quite a few links to my blog that have absolutely nothing to do with working at home, the internet, blogging or anything else I write about.

It seemed to start with a Headline service I found as a possible way to promote a site or product for the home business owner. Shortly after I posted about it, I started getting links from searches that involved keywords in various posts. None of them had anything to do with the article itself except a quote from the article by "Google search". They do include a link to the post, but that is the only thing in common with my blog.

Some of the examples are:

One is Change My Name. That was picked up from the post Change is Not Easy. Nothing to do with the original post.

Here's a good one. Body detoxification via an ionizing Foot Bath. That was linked to the Results of My Work at Home Business Is... Poll. Not sure how they thought that had anything to do with a foot bath.

This is the one that prompted me to write this post. Vomit Scat. This is a porn site that has an image link to my blog. I can't find the exact post or what picture they link to, but I am PISSED.

I am used to getting Spam in my E-mail. I have even had to deal with Comment Spam. I can deal with these intrusions with various blocks, monitoring and filters.

I cannot deal with people just linking to my Blog with no connection or affiliation, much less as a self promotion for Porn. I want to find these people and put an end to this type of Spam. I know it probably is more than I can handle, but something has to be done.

Have any of you run into the same type of Link Spam? How have you handled it?

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4 Comments:

At 3:19 PM, Anonymous Chris Cree said...

Joe,

When I checked Technorati this morning I noticed a link to my blog from Vomit Scat as well. Anyone checking out my blog looking for porn would be, shall we say, very dissapointed!

I wonder if that link had anything to do with the fact that I saw a Google link ad for "sex blogs" in my link header this morning too?

That bothered me a whole lot more than the link from a porn site! And because of the AdSence TOC I couldn't find out where that link ad was pointed - which was probably a good thing, I suppose. I don't need to be going into all that junk.

When I rechecked Technorati just now, the offending link is gone.

Weird.

Do you suppose Technorati just made a mistake somehow?

Or maybe the porn folks have some devious master plan to get their ads seen on more sites?

Regardless, I agree if it keeps up it would be a disturbing trend.

 
At 3:49 PM, Blogger Joseph said...

Hey Chris,
I just checked T-rati and the offending link is still there on my search.
It could be quite a problem for AdSense publishers if it continues.
I hope Dave Sifry looks into it, maybe we should ask if he can do something?
If this a one off, no problem, but if it continues, Big Problem...
Joe

 
At 9:38 PM, Blogger maceyr said...

One thing I've noticed is that the rss feed that I've set up to search for my own url of my blog in Technorati will most likely nowadays show up results that aren't anything related to my blog.

Obviously, spammers have figured out how to insert their own spam sites in my results.

I've just decided to ignore them since the underlined links are obviously not my url links.

Spammers are so annoying, eh?

 
At 8:38 AM, Blogger Joseph said...

Hey maceyr,

I sent an E-mail to T-rati about the situation, I doubt it will do any good, but I just don't like spam.

I haven't received a reply yet, and doubt I will, but at least now they are aware of it.

Joe

 

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