Anyone who owns a blog will know the amount of spam that you get. Everything from Pay Day Loans to Cheap Pills Online – you will have had it at some point. However something you might not get a lot of is fellow SEO companies spamming you with anchor text rich names. When they do, you take notice. This is what happened to me yesterday.
The comment was left in response to an article I wrote about a hosting company taking advantage of the site speed change in Google’s algorithm. This got a little bit of exposure and was mentioned in Search Engine Journal’s Weekly Search & Social News: 04/28/2010 so it was obviously on the radar.
Now, I’ve decided to smudge the email address in the screencap to at least protect them to a certain extent, but I found several instances where blog comment spam has been left using the same email address for websites other than SEO Experts – obviously not the first time they have done this, and not just for “SEO UK”.
I don’t mind a cheeky link back to someone’s website when they take the time to engage with the owner of the blog and at least make reference to the content of the article, but to simply land and spam is a bit much.
The company in question is employing this tactic quite heavily for several keywords it seems, but it doesn’t seem to make a blind bit of difference as they don’t rank anywhere for the term SEO UK. They do, however, rank well for the term SEO (page 2) apparently using the same tactic. They not only guarantee you a 1st page ranking in Google, but they are also official sponsors of Nottingham Forest (by sponsors, they mean sponsoring Polish International Radoslaw (Raddy) Majewski. I’m surprised they didn’t get a link from Wikipedia since they love NoFollows).
If you are going to blog comment, don’t do it in the same industry – especially in such an outspoken one!