Monday, November 28, 2005

Blended Ads

Saturday, November 26, 2005 - review
content [0-10]: 3
ad layout [0-10]: 5
Made For AdSense: No

Made For AdSense? Nah. The site predates AdSense. If anything I'd (jokingly) call it a "made for affiliate" site, since it's had Amazon affiliate ads longer than AdSense ads.

But I don't care about that. I'm interested in reviewing, because it's part of Chris Beasley's network of sites. He's a self-described successful and respected webmaster, so I figured I'd review one of his sites. has mostly static content. It doesn't need to be updated very often (if at all), because it's a series of short articles about fitness training (obviously). I'm not a fitness expert, so I'll give the site the benefit of the doubt that it's useful information. My criteria for the review is that the content is unique, or at least uniquely organized. I searched around for a phrase from the front page: "fitness problems such as obesity and overweight"

There are many results with that phrase, most importantly The President's Recommendations for Improving Physical Fitness. I'm going to have give the White House credit for this one. As for the rest of the fitness articles, I didn't research those, but will just assume they're not all that original.

For the ad layout, I would have rated it higher if it were just a matter of the AdSense and Amazon. However, it also includes pop-ups, and I hate pop-ups. If you're going to throw every imaginable type of ad at a visitor, I'm guessing you don't expect the visitors to stick around for long.

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Friday, November 25, 2005

Referer spam

My blog must be on some referer spam list, probably accessed through a web page somewhere.

Referer spam is when someone falsifies the HTTP Referer field with their website URL to make it look like they've linked to my page.

Edited: I'm beginning to wonder if people are just wandering by from the Blogger "Next Blog" option. If so, then sorry to anybody I had previously listed here.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005 - review
content [0-10]: 2
ad layout [0-10]: 5
Made For AdSense: No

Why is a source for Google News?

They don't write their own articles. I can't tell if it's scraped or syndicated, but either way I put little value in the site. Sure there is the ability to vote and to leave comments, but the whole thing seems like a boilerplate system. There are probably thousands of sites just like this one out there.

So I'll ask the question again. Why is a source for Google News?

Once you get past the front page, you'll find the advertisements, which is a mix of Chitika and AdSense. It's a very in-your-face ad layout. I don't know why but Google encourages this sort of thing.

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Monday, November 21, 2005

Digg Begging

Digg is a cool news aggregator site. People submit stories. People "digg" stories. People view popular stories on the front page. The problem arises when people try to game the system.

It starts with Digg Spamming, which is the process of repeatedly submitting one's own links.

That doesn't get a spammer too far, because not a lot of attention is paid to links off the front page. So enterprising submitters will take it to another level. I'll call it Digg Begging: the practice of asking others to digg a link.

digg me!

No, digg me!

Don't listen to them, digg all of us!

I can't really complain. Digg is a fine way to promote a site (even if some folks say it isn't great for generating revenue). The problem I have with Digg spamming/begging is right now it may only be almost-Made-For-AdSense site submissions, but down the line it could become overrun with real spammers.

My advice to Digg users? Utilize the "problem" report feature to weed out the bad links.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Click My Ads

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Blog spammers

I had to turn on the Blogger option to moderate comments, because I've been getting blog spam.

Blog spamming is when someone leaves a generic comment in a blog just to include a link to their site. It's usually done with an automated tool, some totally automated, and some partially automated. They try to make it look like they're making a relevant comment by including the title of my blog post, but everything else about the post is from a template.

To the owners of the following sites, find a more productive way of promoting your garbage.


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