WordPress spamming?

Posted Mar 31, 2005 in Making Ends Meet, Spam, Technology.

Slashdot is reporting that WordPress has been “banned by Google for spamming”. Apparently, the blogging system was inserting hidden links to junk content that featured high-paying AdSense keywords. Cited examples include “mesothelioma”, “diabetes”, and “debt consolidation”.

I know that Matt Mullenweg is in Italy at the moment, so he may not be able to respond to this claim. I can't believe there has been any attempt to do anything fraudulent, though.

Update: Matt explains what happened.


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    It's true. Read about the saga here:

    Posted by Basil Crow on Mar 31, 2005.

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    I read the article. I'm sure Matt will explain his motivations when he gets back.

    One good thing out of the whole episode is that I learned something new about AdSense. I didn't really take any notice of which ads were more successful, but now I know that it pays to write articles about asbestos and debt repayment problems LOL.

    Posted by Simon Jessey on Mar 31, 2005.

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    Yeah, it's pretty weird what terms do better. To me it would be technology terms from big companies that would bring in more revenue, guess not.

    Posted by Stephan Segraves on Mar 31, 2005.

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    > I read the article. I'm sure Matt will explain his motivations when he gets back.

    His motivations are clear: make money. Where the money was to be used is irrelevant. He did screwed up big time, no doubt about it.

    Posted by David Collantes on Apr 01, 2005.

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    Alright, Matt has an explanation up (see his site) and I must say that within the comments all I see is a lot of ego stroking. People saying "it's ok Matt, we all screw up". We may all screw up but we don't all cheat the system. The repercussions of his actions may not fully be known for a while.

    If the community of WordPress users is so great then there should be no problem raising funds to support it. Gentoo has no problems (that we know of). I mean, 90,000 installs of WordPress? If each of those folks gave $1 it would cover costs for at least a little while.

    I am not a WordPress user but I do think that this was the wrong method for Matt to go about getting funds. Granted, he did do the manly thing and admit what he did publicly and took the responsibility and to me, that's respectable.

    Posted by Stephan Segraves on Apr 01, 2005.