SearchGuild Unknowingly Comment Spamming

I’m always curious as to the junk that gets caught up in my comment filter. Today, I discovered an interesting attempt to get a comment published.

It appears that comment spammers are taking advantage of a script at Search Guild, that allows you to use their domain for redirects.

Here’s an example of how it works…

 http://www.searchguild.com/redir/o.php?out=http://marketingpilgrim.com

Now imagine that but with a site suggesting I need some assistance in the growth of a certain appendage. ;-)

P.S. I’m in no way suggesting that Search Guild is behind this.

New Advertising Options on Marketing Pilgrim

Just a quick note to let you know we’ve added new ad options for Marketing Pilgrim. You can now pick ad formats in addition to the popular 125×125.

Still available is the 160×600 skyscraper ad in the sidebar (currently occupied by the Mozy affiliate ad), a 160×120 box ad and 5 exclusive text link ads.

If you’re interested in any of our ad options, or would like to discuss something customized to your business, drop me a line.

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Google, Apple, Napster Sued for Video Patent Infringement

It’s a new year and a new law suit for Google. This time, the world’s largest search engine is joined by Apple and Napster as they face allegations of patent infringement from online movie distributor Intertainer Inc.

Intertainer, claiming it has suffered irreparable harm, asked the court for cash compensation and an order to prevent the companies from using its technology.

Intertainer’s patent was issued in August 2005 and covers a “digital entertainment service platform”. According to their web site, Intertainer counts Intel, Comcast and NBC among its investors, and this is not the first time the company has taken on the big guys.

In September 2002…

With Great Blogging Power, Comes Great Responsibility

Globe and Mail journalist and author, Hal Niedzviecki, takes an interesting look at the impact bloggers are having on the lives of, well…non-bloggers. It appears, like Hal, more and more people are waking up to the fact that they’re being discussed online and that even conversations that take place outside of the web, are fair game on a blog.

It’s a refreshing perspective – hearing from someone who’s only just discovering that bloggers tend to be critical, honest and often, insensitive…

Traditional Media Struggles to Monetize User-Generated Content

Reuters has details of a new report from Deloitte that looks at media trends for 2007. Part of the report focuses on how successful mainstream media will be at integrating user-generated content. The biggest problem appears to be how they’ll make money from user  content.

Howard Davies, a director of media strategy at Deloitte explains why it’s tough to make money from social media.

“There’s something about the social user … community that is absolutely not professional and so the community doesn’t want it to be commercialised,” he said about advertising around Web sites dedicated to the content.

Optimizing Your Job Application to Google

The New York Times takes a topic first covered by the Wall Street Journal back in October and asks us to suspend reality and believe it’s the first time it’s been discussed.

Ok, so that rant aside, if you did miss the WSJ version, you may wish to check out the NYT’s look at how Google is automating its hiring process using complex interview questions and algorithms.

The questions range from the age when applicants first got excited about computers to whether they have ever tutored or ever established a nonprofit organization. The answers are fed into a series of formulas created by Google’s mathematicians that calculate a score — from zero to 100 — meant to predict how well a person will fit into its chaotic and competitive culture.

SoloSEO.com Offering $75 Payout on New Affiliate Program

Seeing as SoloSEO is already a client, I’ll have to check to see if Michael Jensen will let me join his newly announced affiliate program, but if he does, it could be a sweet deal.

SoloSEO’s affiliate program is a great option for anyone with a tech blog and the payouts appear to be very attractive.

Here’s what they’re offering

Pay-Per-Sale with Recurring Commission
$15 (USD) for all sales you deliver
$5 each month thereafter, up to 12 months, for active subscribers
$75 possible payout for each sale!
Sign-Up Bonus of $25

Up to $75 for each sale and $25 just for signing-up?  How can anyone resist? Go on, you know you want to. ;-)