Rant: August 2012 Archives

I thought of several.  They were all a bit emo.

So after a stressful couple of weeks, the body decides that TTotM should start six days early (this is after a few months ago where TTotM started five days early in Egypt and caught me completely by surprise (thank heavens the place I found out was also a servo that had supplies, and there were people with pain killers to tide me over til I got back to the hotel room that night!)... and so I'm like really body, REALLY???  Most people have a twenty-eight day cycle, and you want to make it nineteen days? Yeah thanks.  NOT.

And did I mention the stressful couple of weeks?

So even coming off oncall and four beers did nothing for me, and instead of coming home happy and/or tired, I came home a weepy mess.  Yah, not pretty.

Le sigh.
So I went through my comment archives and found *six* comment spams from 203.217.2.46, several of them spamvertising Australian companies.  A quick google search shows that this iiNet address has been spamming people since January.  What are iiNet doing about it?  Nothing I would guess.  I emailed their abuse address, but I doubt anything will be done.

And I'm still disgusted that Australian companies would sink so low as to pay comment spammers to increase their Google rankings.
The other day I posted this rant about an Australian company using comment spam on my blog.  Further investigation revealed six comment spams from the one iiNet IP address - 203.217.2.46.  Several of them were spamvertising Australian companies, including the first one, Adamant Solutions; as well as Washroom Products of Mawson Lakes, South Australia; ERW Engineering of St Helens Park, NSW; Unreel Fishing Charters of Melbourne; Mini Bins Adelaide; and Anything Hot Water of the Gold Coast.

The owner of the last one contacted me about the rant.  As it turns out, he had paid an SEO company called SiteClick (run by the aforementioned Adamant Solutions!) to increase his website's Google rankings.  If you look at their website, one of the things on it is this:

Link Building Campaign

Your website is submitted to thousands of online directories, websites and online article resources by our trained link building campaign staff. Submissions are setup and managed by our team of highly trained Search Engine Optimisation specialists.
So they submit their site to thousands of websites.  In other words, they use the comments feature of my blog to post a link back to these other company's websites.  In the blogiverse this is known as comment spamming and it PISSES US ALL OFF!!!!  It may not be illegal but it's damned dirty.

You know those ads for places that let you "work from home" and "all you have to do is fill in forms on the internet"?  This is what those people do.  They employ humans to get around the ReCaptchas on blogs which prevent bots from doing it.

These poor unsuspecting companies have paid SiteClick to increase their Google rankings, at the expense of giving themselves a bad name on the internet and enraging bloggers like me.  
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