New and Improved Link Farm Scams

New form of link farming is happening in the blogosphere. The days of people trying to buy text links on your websites are largely gone.  What has cropped up is a more malicious form of link farming.

At least 3-4 times a week I get am email the reads like this.


Hi there,

We’re all big fans of Geeknewscentral here at “SomeStupdWebsite” and noticed you use to feature cool infographics now and then.

We just launched this new infographic called “The most amazing Tech companies”  and we were wondering if it’s worthy to be featured on your site. We can provide you the pre-written article to post into your page.

What do you think?

Another Dumb Marketing Scam Salesman


The emails all hover around the same theme, how they love our site and how they want to help us and provide content to us on a regular basis, while all the time linking back to their source article to use my sites reputation to build their sites reputation.

At least before the Text Link farmers were willing to pay a few bucks for the opportunity to build their page rank. These new scammers must think were stupid.

About Todd Cochrane

Todd Cochrane is the Founder of Geek News Central and host of the Geek News Central Podcast. He is a Podcast Hall of Fame Inductee and was one of the very first podcasters in 2004. He wrote the first book on podcasting, and did many of the early Podcast Advertising deals in the podcasting space. He does two other podcasts in addition to Geek News Central. The New Media Show and Podcast Legends.

2 thoughts on “New and Improved Link Farm Scams

  1. It’s worse than what you say. It is absolutely getting out of hand. Unfortunately, many bloggers seem to think that they have nothing to lose, as they didn’t invest anything in their blogs except their time, in general.

    When you pay for quality hosting your attitude is different.

    I am offered paid textlinks, virtually daily. All follow links, you know… They think we are stupid, right? Usually, I already don’t get an answer when I ask to deliver the text for the textlink to see whom I am supposed to recommend. Strange, isn’t it? Do they think we may contact their client?

    To the contrary their clients prefer subcontracting in Asia now where pay for link exchange or in our case advertisement textlinks are virtually auctioned off. It is such a darn bloody shame where this is leading to, as it is even worse than link farming. It takes all the wind out of good content writers or webmaster’s sails. It ruins the value of PR and ruins fair ecommerce, honest recommendations and advertising.

  2. Welcome to my world, these companies have ruined my online business which has only white HAT organic content, only to be be lumped in with these idiots taking away all our rank via Panda update.

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