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Just say no to SEO contests like “Shaastra Thamesportal Zalecenia Autophytes Invernesshire”

Posted in Technology, The War on Spam by engtech on September 29, 2006

These things are such plagues on the Internet. “Shaastra Thamesportal Zalecenia Autophytes Invernesshire” is one of those stupid Google SEO contests. But they aren’t really a problem if it wasn’t for people who go around spamming blogs in order to try and win it.

Why this doesn’t work

  1. Spamming blogs is against the contest rules.
  2. Whenever you leave links in a comment on a blog, those links have ref=”nofollow” attached so that search engines ignore them in terms of ranking.
  3. He’s screwed up the link for all the comments so that they don’t even properly link back to his SEO spam website

All he’s done is generated a lot of ill-will towards himself and towards the contest he is participating in.

Akismet will eventually catch up with this spam and start auto-banning it, but wordpress.com users can speed up the process by going to

Options >> Discussion >> Comment moderation

and putting in the following information in the box

196.12.53.11
iitm.ac.in
sandy007smarty

The morale of the story is “Don’t be a tool” and instead Learn how the Internet Works.

Important reading for comment spammers

UPDATE

Hi..
Thanx for enlightening me. Since last 2-3 days I was doing all this stuff like mad to be known at the end that it does not work!!
Why didnt I see the rel=nofollow thing!!

I wont spam in future.
Fucked my exams due to it.

I’m glad you’ve stopped, and I hope you’ve learned your lesson. Here’s a free link to your real blog as a reward.

I still don’t understand how you could have thought this was a good idea being a blogger yourself.

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  1. Seo Blackhat on Digg « //engtech said, on October 02, 2006 at 11:06 pm

    [...] I wish the blog comment spammers would read SEO Blackhat so they could learn how to drive traffic to their site effectively. [...]

  2. [...] Nigritude Ultramarine, Seraphim Proudleduck, Loquine Glupe and Shaastra Thamesportal Zalecenia Autophytes Invernesshire which is a phrase for an ongoing SEO contest happening at this very moment apparently. [...]

  3. Turbo said, on October 26, 2006 at 6:14 pm

    Hi.
    Most of the Shaastra Contest sites are banned now by Google. Read http://sandy007smarty.blogspot.com/2006/10/so-its-true-google-is-intelligent-and.html

  4. [...] about “creating valuable backlinks to your websites” with comment spam. Might want to research rel=nofollow some time, bub. Having a ton of rel=nofollow links won’t increase the Page Rank of your website, it may [...]

  5. [...] Why Comment Spamming is a Waste of Everyone’s Time This entry was written by engtech and posted on January 10, 2007 at and filed under The War on Spam, Technology. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post. Comments are closed, but you can leave a trackback: Trackback URL. « Too much Spam – Akismet Auntie Spam for WordPress.com (Greasemonkey Script) Reader Poll for Regular Readers — Please delurk and respond » [...]


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