Link Spamming - Ok, which one of you interviewed with The Register?

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Interview with a link spammer
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Ok, so which Threadwatch member did an interview with The Register eh? heh...

Sam - let's call our interviewee Sam, it's suitably anonymous - lives in a three-bedroom semi-detached house in London, drives a vintage Jaguar and runs his own company. But "it's not not all rock and roll and big money", says Sam. What isn't? Spamming websites and blogs with text to pump up the search engine rankings of sites pushing PPC (pills, porn and casinos), that's what.

For that's what Sam does, pretty much all day long. He - we'll use the male notation, it's easier - would do this anyway for fun, but it's more than fun; he says he can earn seven-figure sums doing this. Sam is a link spammer. He's unapologetic about it. Skilled in Perl, LWP and PHP, Sam's first professional programming was done aged 13, when he sold some code to a gaming company. He's 32 now, and spoke to The Register on condition of anonymity.

Sounds like a dozen or more folks i know haha...

added: OMFG, it get's better....

So the link spammers - who prefer to call themselves "search engine optimisers"

Now that's going to put the proverbial cat amongst the pidgeons heh... i can see the white hat supremicists getting all frothy at the mouth right as i type...

added: I just spoke with "Sam" who still wants to remain anonymous as the piece may offend some of his blue chip clients but he did have this to say:

All quotes are accurate but some were taken out of context. it should also be noted that Charles Arthur is an avid Blogger - Remember he thinks it's legal to give bloggers content for free!

Charles Arthur being the author of the article...

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froth froth froth

Anybody got a tissue?

(By the way, it wasn't me. I live in Boston, and I'm 41.)

hehe..

heh qwerty, there are exceptions to every rule :)

Funny article - i can see a hell of a lot of seo's getting a bit hot under the collar about the line i quoted above...

Well...

I actually would say that link spamming should not be referred to as "optimization" (or whatever spelling you prefer). Leaving out the ethics issue for the time-being, I don't think you can call it optimization when you don't do anything to the site itself. If I'm hired just to do link building, I don't see myself as optimizing the site. I'm just working on its link pop.

Interesting quote. [quote]

Interesting quote.

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In fact, the law would probably favour Sam. It's hard to argue the difference between a person using a computer to post a comment, and a person using a computer to use a computer to post a comment

One I happen to agree with as well.
So those that spam now have the definitive online IT resource as their ally. "The Register say Link Spam is legal"

That Bubba quote...

That Bubba quote rings a bell from somewhere WMW- or Pubcon-ish - but these aging memory cells are not what they once were...

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This was added to the original post above..

added: I just spoke with "Sam" who still wants to remain anonymous as the piece may offend some of his blue chip clients but he did have this to say:

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All quotes are accurate but some were taken out of context. it should also be noted that Charles Arthur is an avid Blogger - Remember he thinks it's legal to give bloggers content for free!

Charles Arthur being the author of the article...

On the Bubba quote I think it

On the Bubba quote I think it is more likely an American would say 300lb whereas a Brit would say 20 stone.

Could The Reg be trying to get us all confused?

I suspected as much

>> I think it is more likely an American would say 300lb whereas a Brit would say 20 stone.

so it was Qwerty after all?

No way

I'd say 136.08 kg gorilla.

Real spammers make lots of dosh...

Well who ever it is can't be making much money as an "Optimser" if he can only afford to live in a three bed semi and has to drive around in some old Jag. ;-)

ROFL John aka Lakeshost. Y

ROFL John aka Lakeshost.

You're right though pal, crap SEOer I say, he should spam some more!

well that depends

if it's a three bed semi in Knightsbridge and a classic roadster he isn't doing too bad.

And if he also has a pet gorilla I'd be careful what you say ;)

spin

Okay, let's take out the spin from the interview ;)

> earns 7 figures

...includes currency to 2 decimal places

> drives a vintage jag

...drive an old banger

> lives in a 3-bedroom semi

...he lives with his mum.

;)

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