Sunday, May 18, 2008

Sex, spam and the old bait-and-switch

I think I've discovered a new form of spam. Some may already be aware of this, but it's new to me and since it might be new to you, especially you bloggers out there, I thought I should share my experience.

This morning I noticed I was linked to by a weblog titled Taylor Bow's Best Blowjobs. (can't find a link for this, just yet, you'll see why, shortly.) They were linking to my post on the Sex and the City movie. It seemed logical, at first. When I went to check, I noticed that it was buried under scores of other posts, I couldn't even find it. All of the items were about porn or sex in some form or another.

Taylor Bow's Best Blowjobs purported to be an ex-girlfriend revenge site. I thought it curious that this person was so obsessed that he was madly posting hundreds of items based on sex and little about Taylor, but I shrugged it off and moved on. I'm sure many of you have received links from low to no authority sites like Underwater Basket Weaving or The Dandruff Linkdump, this is not unusual.

When I arrived home from work tonight, I checked my Technorati page and noticed that TBBB had changed to, The only Real Ex Girlfriend Revenge site. Now instead of a weblog, I'm looking at a porn site trying to sell me membership. It took a little while to sink in, but I realized, categorically, that this was a new spin on spam and an odd variation of the old bait-and-switch scam. It's just a gimmick to sell porn to gullible and/or horny bloggers (and then, ultimately, to their readers). I suspect that anytime someone posts an article with the word sex or the like in the title, they get linked to by this site and I'm sure a lot of them don't appreciate it.

In spirit, this is nothing new. Spam is spam, porn is porn. People will fall for spam and many more will buy porn, big deal. The people paying for membership probably don't really care if the story is real or not. What I find fascinating (and disturbing) about this is that these douches would think to spam Technorati with links.

I have to give some credit to Anastasia at Sex, Life and Frilly Bits. I found her weblog on the offending site's Technorati page. She was the only one raising questions. When I read her post it was a lock for me. I can't blame her for getting the wrong impression initially, I did, too. The first site they hit you with what seems, at first glance, to be a legit, albeit neurotic and obsessive, revenge blog.

What wrapped it all up for me was when I read:

Who runs these sorts of sites anyway? These sites often have no contact address (so you can't write a letter of complaint), and they often create some stupid writer name that they attribute to bloggers. My 'name' is SSAF33. One quick click on the logo, and I am redirected to a tacky porn site. So I figure, I'll just send an email to them to see how I go, about removing their link to my post.
I'm relatively new to blogging, so maybe this is old-hat, but if not, I feel people should know about this. I'm not offended so much by the cheesy porn angle, but I am offended by the infiltration of the blogosphere by these idiots. Perhaps I'm just not jaded enough yet.


Anastasia said...

Hi John,
There are quite a few spam blogs out there, and the only ones I was aware of were those that weren't porn related - marketing sites, sites that marketed furnishings and whatnot, but this site (as I later saw) has another mirror, and doubles as a porn site offering memberships as you've mentioned, the fact they don't respond to email complaints is annoying, and somewhat fishy. I think Technorati eventually clear these links over time, I don't know how long they take, but yeah, the site are a pain in the butt. I kind of view them as a tacky form of erotica.

John M. said...

Well, color me naive. I should have figured the spam-blogs would be all over the place.

The thought of using links as bait for porn sites never crossed my mind.