Revealed: Infographic SEO linkbait
January 17th, 2012
Occasionally, I get email from people who read this blog. Usually, it’s quite easy the reason for the email straight away, however, recently I received this email:
Subject: Right point of contact?
I was wondering if this is the correct contact regarding the content for blog.tdobson.net?
Thank you in advance!
I don’t know any Jen Rhee and it seemed a bit of a strange email to get – to have come up with it, one most have been to this page, reconstructed my email address by hand. Once you’ve jumped through a hoop like that, generally people are happy to send their email straight away – why bother to confirm if I’m in charge of the content of this blog?
I did some googling. and found some kind of comment on some nonsensical blog, and a mention in a Google+ conversation thread.
The Google+ conversation thread turned out to be very interesting.
To summarise, it seems SEOers are trying to raise the profile of sites by generating high profile incoming links and if they create pretty, informative infographics on topics people may be interested in, they can get high profile sites to embed their image and link to them as attribution.
I found Jen Rhee’s twitter account. 90% links to infographics related pages.
I’m touched that any SEO-er thinks my blog has enough pagerank to justify a personalised targeting, however I think the motives behind that strange email have been explained… and I’m justified moving it to my Spam folder…
Tags: email, infographics, Jen Rhee, link bait, SEO, spam