While most people have seen blog spam and search spam pages, I'm trying to figure out if someone is sort of trying to do a bit of both. Over the last week or so, it appears that someone (or, perhaps, multiple people) have opened up free blogs at places like Blogspot and MSN Spaces and are simply reposting random content from places including here at Techdirt -- along with credit to those original sources. That's not so strange by itself. There are lots of sites that repost content from here. What's odd, is that the blogs are officially named things like "Homecleaning and more," and each post after giving the source says "powered by" and names/links one or two web design or house cleaning services. I'm not linking to any of the sites, as I don't see why they deserve the link love, but I'm a bit confused as to the purpose of the sites. I'm guessing that it's some sort of method to raise the Google ranking of the sites that it's "advertising" as powering the site. It seems like an awful lot of work to go through just to get a bit higher PageRank, and I doubt it works very well, but it's still an interesting strategy. It's amazing the ridiculous lengths some people will go through to try to game the system rather than, say, learning how to actually do a little real marketing to build a sustainable company based on (gasp!) satisfying customers needs. However, if it actually does turn out that Techdirt content is somehow useful in helping to promote house cleaning services, then, well... good luck with that business plan, whoever you are.
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