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Posted By: Mel. White In Response To: Don't Feel Guilty -- They Are Not Legitimate Businesses (Tom Brownsword)
Tuesday, 20 December 2005, at 7:55 a.m.
In Response To: Don't Feel Guilty -- They Are Not Legitimate Businesses (Tom Brownsword)
I hope everyone gets a chance to read this! Thanks so much for your thoughts.
> First, I do empathize with those that wonder how they're going to make
> ends meet, having been there myself less than two short years ago.
> However, those spam sites do a lot more:
> 1. They waste my precious time when I'm doing legitimate research.
> 2. When an ad appears on one of these sites and nobody clicks on it (which
> happens often), it hurts the AdSense advertiser's click through rate,
> possibly putting them in jeopardy of having their campaign dropped for not
> having enough clickthrough activity.
> 3. It's against Google's Terms of Service.
> 4. It prevents struggling online business people (like many people that
> find this forum) - people trying to provide valuable content and services
> -- from achieving search engine rankings that would help their business.
> In other words, they are a direct contributor to your struggles.
> 5. Google has too much money, talent, and reputation to allow these sites
> to continue and will come up with automated solutions shortly.
> 6. They contribute heavily to the refusal of many to take online
> businesses seriously.
> In order for a business to be successful (things I learned in Business
> 101), a business must both make a profit AND provide service to its
> customers. In the case of GooSpam sites, only the former is possible --
> therefore, it is not a legitimate business. No sympathy from me. EVER.
> Let's face it: if you were in your local mall and saw a store that was
> filled with nothing but advertising slogans stolen from other stores,
> would you even bother going in? That's what these spam sites are!
> I'd also like to say that you can't focus on the competition and what they
> have (or don't have) if you want to build a successful business. That does
> not preclude you from helping (as so many do by participation in forums,
> workshops, mentoring, and etc.), especially if the relationship is
> symbiotic, and it doesn't mean that I wouldn't help a legitimate failing
> business if I felt it was the right thing to do, but I'm not going to
> worry about leeches that are sucking the Google cash cow dry, either!
> Competition will always be there and it will always be fierce, and if
> you're going to "lose" to the competition, they should at least
> be a legitimate business, shouldn't they?
> Sadly, some of those people that Google starts banning will eventually be
> here after Google gets to Step #5 above, and if you find this board and
> this post after Google banned you from AdSense for life, then I hope that
> you find the help you need here to successfully build an online business
> that provides value to customers and profits to you.
> Thanks for listening,
> P.S. -- Yes, I have reported obvious spam sites in the past, and they
> usually disappear quite rapidly. Heck, I may even write a special report
> that tells people how to do it and give it away. Anybody want rebranding
> rights? :-)
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