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February 13, 2004

Misdirected Link Spam

If you're going to link exchange-spam me, you might at least attempt to get the url of my site right.

Hi. I was very impressed with your site (http://www.asmallvictory.net/). It's very well written, and I think I'll be a regular reader from now on.

Anyway, down to business. I am just returning to the blogging world after a 6 month absence, and I'm looking to rebuild my link network. I have recently moved my site (http://www.worldwarbush.com)* to Blogger, and am attempting to bring it back up to date.

I would like to discuss the possiblity of a link exchange between our sites. I would place your link in a prominent position (right sidebar, large font at top of page) in return for a link on your front page. I have started to build up my readership again, and am at present receiving about 100 visitors a day (about 250 hits). I expect this to increase to around 400 a day within a month or two (this reflects my readership figures as of last spring). My page rank of 4/10 has been temporarily removed due to the move, but should be restored as soon as the site is spidered by Google.

If you would be interested in my proposal I can be reached at this e-mail address. I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely, Keith Taylor.

It strikes me that someone somewhere has a bunch of blogger emails and sites in two files, and is combining the two as part of a spam run. This time, though, one of the files didn't increment correctly, so that Michele's letter was sent to me, and mine went to someone else. I wonder whom? If the files are alphabetized, then "Small Victory" comes just after "Silflay Hraka," implying that the blog just before me on the list got the linkage appeal intended for Bigwig.

I still don't understand the business logic behind link-spamming, unless someone thinks they can sell advertising on their site based on the number of incoming links.

*No links for spammers!

Posted by Bigwig at February 13, 2004 11:30 AM | TrackBack
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So meanwhile, the folks at aSmallVictory.net are baffled, wondering why they have an email reading,

"Dear Silflay Hraka-er, eat Hraka and die. You're hypocritical criticism of Kerry proves that you are a horrible example of an immoral piece of slimy tree sloth dung, and a legion of devils awaits you with tiny pitchforks, to heap hot embers on your shriveled private parts upon your demise. Just Move On, damn you, and let Kerry be Kerry.

/s Mary Magdelene"

Posted by: Blackavar at February 13, 2004 12:26 PM

Mary, move on. You've become tiresome.

Posted by: clover at February 13, 2004 02:54 PM

Yikes, next time I'll look at the posted by instead of the signature. Sorry Blackavar-

Posted by: clover at February 13, 2004 02:55 PM

I keep getting spam that assumes I'm Zonitics. Assuming it's from the same idiot, that may be enough information to show whose blogroll is being harvested. Silflay Hraka and A Small Victory are not adjacent on all blogrolls (mine has two in between: Roger L. Simon and Sine Qua Non Pundit), and Dr. Weevil and Zonitics are adjacent on even fewer, since I'm often listed under D rather than W.

Of course, it's not necessarily an "off by 1" error. A really inept programmer could surely come up with an "off by 2" or "off by 3" error.

Posted by: Dr. Weevil at February 13, 2004 07:56 PM

The question then becomes--how does one search for the list?

Posted by: bigwig at February 14, 2004 09:15 AM

I've gotten plenty of this spam too. The best one was from a California site that wished to exchange links because they like to feature California Bloggers (I'm in New Hampshire). heh!

Posted by: bogie at February 17, 2004 07:08 AM