Busby SEO Challenge From Hell

by Jon Davis 6. December 2008 13:16

A company called Busby Web Solutions has been awarding competitors of "SEO contests", which I'm guessing promotes the practice of posting web content to experiment with the SEO performance of keywords and markup. The catch is that this has equated to essentially spamming non-participating web communities with junk posts in comments, etc.

We, the non-competitors, have been very fortunate that some such tests have been self-labeled with "Busby SEO Test" in the author's name. This could be simply be one competitor, but over the last month I have received about 20 comments posts on my blog consisting of variations of the text, "Thank you for sharing your article about {blog entry title}". I have modified my blog's instance of BlogEngine.net to filter out these Busby tests by looking for "Busby" in the author name. Needless to say, Busby Web Solutions is not making a very good name for itself. Not at all.

While there has not been a lot of damage done--nothing like the pornography posts that spammers are posting on phpBB forums everywhere--I still think that any automated junk posts should be dealt with. Typical CAPTCHA is a pain in the rear for users. This is an issue that will never die.

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Jon Davis (aka "stimpy77") has been a programmer, developer, and consultant for web and Windows software solutions professionally since 1997, with experience ranging from OS and hardware support to DHTML programming to IIS/ASP web apps to Java network programming to Visual Basic applications to C# desktop apps.
Software in all forms is also his sole hobby, whether playing PC games or tinkering with programming them. "I was playing Defender on the Commodore 64," he reminisces, "when I decided at the age of 12 or so that I want to be a computer programmer when I grow up."

Jon was previously employed as a senior .NET developer at a very well-known Internet services company whom you're more likely than not to have directly done business with. However, this blog and all of jondavis.net have no affiliation with, and are not representative of, his former employer in any way.

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