Today I received an email about my client`s celebrity photo website. It was from unknow sender Matt Priest (i`d like to give him credits to his site, if I find it out). It was a friendly warning message about a link exchange I had done with a fraudulent site – Nachofoto.com.
Here is quote from generous Matt Priest:
their website which is invisible to others, but the function is to read the
blogroll links from a text file hidden somewhere else on their domain.
In simpler terms, this means that your site link, although it can be viewed on
the main page from visitors to nachofotos, your site is not indexed by search
engines that crawl nachofoto!
But you, on the other hand, are giving away not only visitors views to
nachofotos on your site, but also search engine indexes that give them even MORE
Such link exchange is UNFAIR and IMPROPER, especially if your site has high
Google Page Rank. Nachofoto is trying to gain FAST, HIGH page rank with this
Is there any way to do some harm – punish nachofoto.com for such actions? I guess not. Only slowing down the growth by letting other people know. But it won`t stop growing. So we will see more stuff like this come up in the future.
Of course there are many link exchangers that simply remove your link after e.g. 3 days, thus having positive incoming link points with no outgoing links. About 15% link exchangers do that, so check once a month or two the pages you link to. Nachofoto.com including, I guess they remove the link on first day after you hav approved it.
Today I received mail from Nachofoto. They are just plain stupid.
This is a follow up on the recent traffic exchange email from NachoFoto.
This email is to inform you In case you received any mail from this user
This user has been sending out misleading emails about the nachofoto traffic
exchange program .
We have identified the user with the help of our partner blogs using the email
headers IP address.
We have successfully tracked him down with the help of Internet Service
Provider and our lawyers are initiating legal action against him.
Our intention is a traffic exchange program, so that regular users to both your
and our sites get access to friends sites.
Popular sites get more frequent placement in the friends box and your site is
rotated in our popular friends list which is displayed on all 4 pages
However if you have any questions or if you still wish us to remove your link,
please let me know.