Scams, Spam, & Search

ShoeMoney highlights how marketing for some mobile packages are even scammier than ringtones. Imagine how dirty the web is going to be in a couple years. Matt talks up Google, but will a central body like Google even be able to to draw the line between optimization and spamming? Especially when much of the "spam" is the source of much of their revenue?

In response to Graywolf's great post, Rich Skrenta thinks Google is a cause of the problem rather than providing a solution. Amoral profit driven machines recommend whatever pay the most, even if the offer is illegal.

Published: December 11, 2007 by Aaron Wall in marketing

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December 11, 2007 - 11:00pm

This is a common issue that will probably circulate for a long time...unless Google stops "advising" about it.

Most people are still un-aware of the rel=nofollow, therefore making it harder for Google to get everybody to do it. A lot of people still think that banner ads are the ONLY way to get links up on other sites. Paid links are just an alternate way of exposure for most sites and frankly the easier way out.

We all like the easy ways of advertising...I don't think this will ever go away. Google is just wasting their breath in my opinion.

"The offer is illegal" example is a little disappointing to see but every company has its flaws..right? But I do agree that if they are going to preach to all of us, they should clean up their side first.

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