Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Carnival of Scraper Sites

These circular scraper sites must be the worst sites I've encountered so far as all the scraped content is linked internally and no matter what you click on you just keep going round and round inside the scrapers web site until you click on an advertisement to escape.

These come in a couple of flavors such as the Moron Loop-de-Loop, the Loser Landing Strip and the Doorway Pages to Hell.

The Moron Loop-de-Loop sites contains snippets of your site and something that looks like it's a link to your web site but instead it links deeper into itself showing yet another page that is more thematic based on what you clicked. You can click and click and go round and round in this site because the only exits are AdSense exits. This is actually quite ingenious as you get more specific ads related to your area of interest if you keep clicking on more thematic links that seem to narrow your focus of interest but never provide anything interesting, except the ads.

The Loser Landing Strip is an interesting cloaking variation as this supposedly single page web site appears to have an infinite amount of cloaked pages behind it but only Google's IP addresses see that cloaked content, you only seel the silly landing page. No matter what snippet of page content you see in the search engine, no matter what nav links you click on in the web site, it's always that same landing page. All paths lead round and round to the same page so just click the ads already and give them what they want!

Door Way Pages to Hell is an interesting variant as it is part Moron Loop-de-Loop and Loser Landing Strip in that the first site you hit looks like a blog with links to actual web sites but the blog is actually the starting point on a trip to hell. Each link in the blog that says it's taking you to a useful web site actually has a link to one of their other scraped content sites instead, which of course link to yet other scraped content sites. It's a freaking AdSense pyramid scheme disquised like a domain park, it's absolutely frightening that someone would build such a large network just to keep a surfer going in circles until they catch a click.

Definitely a new low in scraping as the original content owner gets no value, not even a link, nothing but being used to get keywords and phrases to divert people to their sites.

Not sure it can get much worse than this but I've been wrong before!

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