DEL alerts the world to a scam. From one victim:
Recently you may have noticed the appearance of a new link on the left sidebar here at Say Anything. The link read “Sponsors” and was located near the top of the sidebar just under the chat room link.
The link was the result of an email sent to me by Business Barn LLC. The company offered to pay me $300/month for the use of a subdomain off of my “sayanythingblog.com” domain. I would point the subdomain to a page of advertising hosted on their servers and they’d send me the money via Pay Pal. I checked out the advertising and there was no porn or anything involved so I agreed. Seemed like a good deal to me and with hosting costs rising as this page gets more and more popular I’m not much inclined to turn down opportunities to make money from this page.
Turns out this was a mistake. This company is involved in something called link farming, a practice Google frowns upon. They frown upon it so much, in fact, that Say Anything has now been removed from that search engine’s indexes.
Coinciding almost exactly with this removal from Google was an email from Business Barn stating that they were ending our arrangement together. Which makes perfect sense. They were after my Google page rank. Now that I have no Google page rank I’m of no use to them.
Looking back on it all I believe I’ve been more than a little naive. I should have known better than to trust in an unsolicited offer, but the money was enticing and I honestly didn’t think that their methods were anything to be worried about.
I’ve removed the link and am in the process of killing the subdomain. Once that is done I’ll be sending an email to Google begging for mercy. Hopefully they’ll take pity on me.
So take heed, fellow bloggers. Before you accept any offers similar to the one I accepted be sure to check out the practices the company will be engaging in lest you face the same consequences I am now facing.
Update: The sites are back up. As you can see, the traffic hit was pretty serious