Why spam blogs for PageRank when you can just go to big blog related sites and pay for placement?
Astute users of Feedster will notice an additional set of links in Feedster's page footer. And they are a set of links that perhaps don't honestly make sense given what Feedster does for a living. Anyone who knows me personally would probably be quite surprised at them. So why are they there?
He goes on to explain that Feedster is getting more expensive and these folks were willing to pay for links.
Does anyone else feel like this was the [sl]easy way out? He doesn't say anything about how hard they tried to find sponsorship on Feedster from less sleazy operations.
Don't get me wrong. I admire Scott a hell of a lot. But this really bothers me. I just checked my MT-Blacklist config, and found the first of those links (www.generic-viagra.ws which is linked as as "Sildenafil Citrate" in the Feedster.com page footer) in my blacklist already.
I can only guess what would happen if Google or Yahoo starting pimping Viagra ads on their front pages.
This leads me to wonder the following...
In this increasingly PageRank driven advertising economy, should I be worried that linking there is also promoting the same folks who are behind some of that fucking pile of spam that SpamAssassin and MT-Blacklist must sort thru for me?
What do you think?
(Of course, now I'm wondering if Google AdSense will detect that this page is about Viagra and put similar ads on it too. That could be the ultimate irony, no?)
Update: Feedster has responded.
Posted by jzawodn at March 17, 2004 12:24 PM