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Very Strange Spam Site / Link Farm?

By Ben Nadel on

I can only assume that this is a spam site or some sort of weird link farm site:

http://clickblog.com.br/posts/Ecard

It mentions my blog several times in the content but in a totally disconnected and non-sensical way. It even has the phrase "All content is the property of Ben Nadel and Kinky Solutions" in it. But it's all broken english. Very strange!

I can only assume that it is grabbing keywords and phrases from blog aggregation and using it to make it seem like it has valid content so as to boost the ratings of the links on the right. Any ideas? Should I be worried? Will this reflect poorly on me?

Note: I don't want to link it directly cause I don't want to give it any help with ratings.

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you can find a phrase in there that is unique.. search for it on Google and then when that page shows up in the results you can use the googlespam reporting page
http://www.google.com/contact/spamreport.html
to report them as a link farm with stolen and duplicate content.

I don't think it does any good.. but sometimes it's good when you're in a pissed off mood and want to feel like you've at least tried to counteract their efforts.

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On Google, yes if that blog (spam) links to websites with a "bad reputation" likes farms-links it could hurt your reputation (as long as it is linked to you also) if not you will just have a competitor less on your keywords!

On Yahoo and Live I'm not sure of how it works with reputation, but may be nearly the same...

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Well, the page doesn't link to me, it just mentions my blog / name amist the ramblings... plus, I can't seem to Google and phrases on it, so I guess it is not index well.

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As I am sure you are aware Google periodically will update its index and remove sites like that from their database all together but in the mean time there isn't much you can really do about it as far as I know. I have been getting several like these for my website and it is not anywhere as popular as yours. Just another one of those annoyances that we have to deal with!

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Link farms should be banned from all search engines, you should not be able to get to a URL that is associated with a link farm unless you type in the URL specific in the address bar.

Link farms hurt the entire web - they hurt those searching the web for legitimate content by wasting time and effort with misleading garbage.

The one sure fire way to end link farms is to ban them from all search methods and to end the revenue stream that is generated for the link farm owners. If no one can find the link farms in the search engines and the sites become unprofitable for the owners the link farms will fade away.

I also recommend that no one ever click on a link found on a link farm. If you arrive at a link farm and see a link that catches your eye, open a new browser and find the link yourself.

Link farms cheat and hurt everyone associated with the web.

Just my 2 cents worth . . .

Kobie

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Really this is a strange site, is a SPAM site, if you go to home, and press "Enter" you look that redirect to a similar Hotmail page, but i don't know if it is true.

Are they getting hotmail pass with this??

Regards

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I have seen things like this all over the place, even being perpetrated by "reputable" companies. I guess it's supposed to help with Search Engine Optimization? There are some that I've been seeing for months that google still hasn't taken off. This one, for instance: http://www.medretreat.com/about_us/links.html

Other than that, it seems to be a legitimate company. Is that really supposed to help their site's reputation? Is it considered spam?

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@Jakeausten,

I get all kinds of crazy comments on this site; and sometimes, I can't even tell if they are spam or not.

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If it's just one link, then it's fine since your blog is of fairly high quality. But looks like it could very well be spam site. I am seeing 11,000 inbound links to that site and it's still a page rank 0 after update. What you can do, is that if the referrer is a bad link farm or suspicious site, you redirect it to a custom error page, this way it doesn't hurt your main page no matter how many bad links they built to you.

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