The Summer of Jeff

A New Low for SEO

Posted in business by Jeff on December 15, 2010

I got the following email today:

Hi, I am Your Name with WebSponsors. My company represents a leading provider of online MBA material.

They would like to purchase a simple, unobtrusive textual advertisement to go on the bottom of your webpage ( It would say something like…

“MBA courses” or “MBA materials online” — with a link to our client’s site.

We are willing to pay $60 via PayPal immediately for this advertisement.

Please let me know if you are interested. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Your Name
Your Email

I get these once every week or two, and I’m amazed how many have obviously fake names.  But this is the first time someone didn’t include a name at all.

Best of all, whoever didn’t fill out the necessary form missed the return email address, as well.  In the email header, the “From” address is “Your Name.”   To find evidence of a real person in all this, you have to dig further in the header:

Return-Path: <>

By now, it’s a cliche to say, “These people want something from me, and they can’t even…”  But to me, this is a noteworthy step down from anything I’ve seen before.  I’m very glad my primary source of income is not in any way related to web advertising or affiliate links.


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