Following the links in his posts I found a post at SEOBook (http://www.seobook.com/archives/000776.shtml) which left me feeling disturbed. Aaron writes it with qualifications that comment spam brings ‘negative 1000 karma points’ but he links to sites that sell comment spam technology and in reading his post I can’t help but feel he’s almost promoting it as a viable option for Search Engine Optimization.
I’m really shocked by this – I’ve been a reader of SEOBook for some time and have even linked to it in the past because of some of Aaron’s better posts – but this latest post disturbs me. As a blogger, as a reputable SEO operator – I would have thought that Aaron would have taken a different approach to this post.
His post title leaves me wondering if he’s actually hoping to get ranked well in Search Engines:
‘Cheap Blog Spamming Script, Blog Spam Comment Submission Software, & Lists of Spamable Blogs’
You can imagine what kind of traffic he is going to get to this post. Then he links to the sources of comment spamming scripts (giving those searching for the technology what they want) and building the page ranking of the comment spammers pages.
He then goes on to list the ‘quality features’ of the spamming script which includes – ‘autosubmit to unlimited sites’ and the ability to extract 1000 URLs to spam to in 20 seconds.
He compares the price of the script to Yahoo Directory submission and points out that with the comment spam technique you end up with loads more links.
Then he asks people who try the scripts to give him feedback. He writes
‘I also think there are many valuable techniques to the art of effective blog spam. Some people probably are better at getting their spam to stick than others are. Its all about relevancy and providing useful content. hehehe :)’
Aaron has some comments challenging this post in comments – I am one of them. Yes he softly says that comment spam is bad (in a vague way) but the overall tone of his post says otherwise in my mind and is irresponsible and frankly makes me sick as someone who has spent many hundreds of hours over the past few years deleting and working against spammers to keep my blogs free of the filth that they spread.
I detest comment spam for many reasons – they are parasites who suck the goodness out of sites and exploiting the hard work of others. Many of their work is in promoting what I consider to be junky sites, many of which are utter filth in every sense of the word. Anyone who supports comment spammers should be treated with suspicion in my mind. I’m disappointed with Aaron and won’t be gracing his site with my presence in future.