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Okay, here's an e-mail I got yesterday that I don't really grok:

Hi,

We are interested in producing editorial content for your site.

We would be happy to pay an administration fee of $90 for your time spent reviewing and publishing our content referencing our client, one of the largest entertainment and gaming operators in the UK & worldwide. The content will be professionally written in line with your site’s tone and voice.

Payment can be made by PayPal.

I appreciate your consideration and look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,
Carson Bland
Marketing Assistant


I assume the point of this is to get me to visit the URL they give in order to download malware on my computer or something. Very strange.

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drplokta
Feb. 1st, 2014 07:18 pm (UTC)
They want you to publish on your website material (with links) that they write, in order to boost their Google rankings. The offer of payment is probably genuine.
randy_byers
Feb. 1st, 2014 07:23 pm (UTC)
Wow. I've had requests to review films that the PR people thought were like films I had reviewed on my site, but being offered money for content I don't write myself is a new one on me. How much money is a higher Google ranking worth to these companies?
drplokta
Feb. 2nd, 2014 06:02 am (UTC)
A really good Google rank can be worth millions of dollars, for the right search terms.
voidampersand
Feb. 1st, 2014 07:21 pm (UTC)
They are link farmers. They want you to host spam content on your site to boost the page rank of theirs.

http://www.google.com/goodtoknow/online-safety/reporting-abuse/
randy_byers
Feb. 1st, 2014 07:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks for that. Do you think it's worth forwarding this message to Google?
voidampersand
Feb. 1st, 2014 07:43 pm (UTC)
Not to you personally. But hammering spammers is kind of satisfying.
surliminal
Feb. 1st, 2014 07:40 pm (UTC)
Its astroturfing - trying to make it look like there's genuine fan support for some entertainment product of theirs. As Mike says the money is prob genuine but do you really want to be involved? I have had similar offers (even more bizarre and less connected to my own content) for my law blawg.

EDIT : or even more likely, yeh, link farming. I wouldn't bother reporting - Google's algorithm catches up..

Edited at 2014-02-01 07:41 pm (UTC)
randy_byers
Feb. 1st, 2014 07:44 pm (UTC)
No, I would certainly never participate in something like this. Or at least it would take a lot more than ninety bucks!
don_fitch
Feb. 1st, 2014 08:43 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah -- i'd probably do several rather dodgy things for seven million dollars, but for ninety... no way. I wouldn't want my friends to think I'm that chintzy.

randy_byers
Feb. 1st, 2014 09:01 pm (UTC)
My thoughts exactly!
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