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The Register interviews a link spammer

If you own a blog, you have probably experienced it: Spammers who fill your comment sections with ads for Viagra, porn and gambling. Its the new nuisance of the web: Link spammers.

The Register has gotten a hold of one of them, and bring us this informative interview:

Interview with a link spammer

So how and why do “link spammers” – as they generically call themselves – do it? Are they the same as the email spammers? What do they think of what they do, ethically? And what can stop them? If you’re affected by this spam, say because you run a blog, or a website, or like the other 99.9 per cent of Net users just come across the stuff, Sam explain the important thing to remember is it’s nothing personal. They’re not targeting you personally. They’re just exploiting a weakness in a system which blossomed just at the time that Google cracked down on the previous method that spammers used, where huge “link farms” of their own web sites pointed circularly to each other to boost each others’ ranking.

[Via Ann Elisabeth’s blog]

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