Sorry this site requires JavaScript to be enabled in your browser. See the following guide on How to enable JavaScript in Internet Explorer, Netscape, Firefox and Safari. Alternatively you may be blocking JavaScript with an advert-related or developer plugin. Please check your browser plugins.

Skip the confusion that it was ALT text driving up traffic. Interesting look at how an apparently popular blog readability testing site handed out graphics with code that put links driving anchor text to a payday loans place. Not a new tactic, though I’m surprised people didn’t see these links and scratch their heads.
Comments3 Comments  

Comments

Avatar
from pittfall 4196 Days ago #
Votes: 0

Well Danny,It’s quite the ironic thing, rather than testing the "readability" of the site in question, it tested the "readability" of the person grabbing the code to pop on their website!"Can I get a badge for that?" LOL

Avatar
from mikelowery 4195 Days ago #
Votes: 0

covered over  week ago here:http://www.shoemoney.com/2008/01/17/i-liked-your-widget-until-i-saw-your-spammy-links/matt cutts and adam lansik both commented on his post.

Avatar
from SophieUK 4194 Days ago #
Votes: 0

I pointed this out in a comment on SEJ back in November last year: http://www.searchenginejournal.com/google-loves-transparent-links-hit-counter-spam/5615/

Upcoming Conferences

Search Marketing ExpoSearch Engine Land produces SMX, the Search Marketing Expo conference series. SMX events deliver the most comprehensive educational and networking experiences - whether you're just starting in search marketing or you're a seasoned expert.



Join us at an upcoming SMX event: