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Spam blogs ruin the web for everyone.

I keep an RSS search for terms like conference call, and conference calling.  It’s a simple way to keep tabs on competitors to Calliflower.  In recent years, though, it’s become a meaningless sludge pile of garbled English as SEO “consultants” create endless spam blogs by “respinning” content using a combination of thesaurus’ and reordering of sentences.

Take, for example, this gem from the spam blog called All Conference Calling.com, titled “Flat Rate Conference Calling”:

Flat rate conference calling is a service provided by a meeting phoning company which bills by toned prices. This particular rate usually includes a interferance per-minute charge, allowing companies the data of just how much they’ll spend per person per hour. How do we determine if flatrate conference calling suits your company?

To know flat rate meetings, you need to have a near take a look at how many associates you will use during a phone. In other words, the number of individuals will be logging onto these types of calls for each program? This can be hard if your company intends to hold a number of conference phone calls per month, each along with variable numbers of participants. For example, assume the first business call of the month will probably be using the panel associated with company directors. This might only be ten to twelve individuals. But, after this phone you may want to possess a session with your department mind there are gone 50 of these. Later that month, you want upon having a phone together with your entire employees, which is within the 1000′s! You can observe exactly where toned rate meeting phoning could be a issue.

What are “toned prices”?  “Interferance per-minute charges”?  The hyperlinks in this piece (all removed by me) simply link back to the main site.  The purpose of this “keyword rich” nonsense is to boost the search ranking for the main page, which consists of nothing but blog postings scraped from other people’s RSS feeds and advertising.  All Conference Calling.com is simply a way for it’s owner to make a few hundred dollars per month in advertising.  Multiple that by a thousand, and suddenly you have a business.

And how about this gem on “article” repository article2008.com.  Titled “Keep Away from Conference Calls that Waste Everybody’s Time”, it reads:

It’s slightly simple to have a conference call move awry. All it needs is a loss of ok planning. Positive, Convention calls are easy to make, contain much less bodily effort (via traveling), and save time. On the other hand, at the turn aspect, a conference name that may be badly controlled will certainly be a disaster. Just as in a regular meeting, everyone has to be informed, and everybody should come on time. Should you thought reaching a gathering late used to be unhealthy business etiquette, so is being late for a convention call. In any case, it’s merely a gathering in a different incarnation.

Grammatically mangled garbage spit out of a bot that uses a thesaurus to perform word substitutions to create new “original” content and game the search engine.  Just what is a “Convention call”?? To add insult to injury, the piece finishes with a hyperlink to a website on yeast infections.

What happened to the web of quality content?

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{ 2 comments… add one }

  • Cass Tyson May 17, 2011, 9:31 am

    "Grammatically mangled garbage spit out of a bot with that uses a thesaurus to perform word substitutions …"

    Indeed! 😉

    • asaunders May 17, 2011, 9:41 am

      Thanks for that catch 😉 Clearly I need to expand the editing staff beyond the current "0" headcount.

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