Automated blogs powered by Yahoo Answers
I randomly came across a blog today and I was going to submit a reply, but I was unable to as I did not have an account. There was no way to create an account either, yet there were 4 comments from 4 different people. Sure, there could be 4 members and they all commented but I had my doubts, so I had a closer look at the website.
It seemed to be a website about traveling/hotels/vacations what what really got me wondering is why every post title was a question, every post was short and expanded on the question, and every reply was a answer to the question. Sure it could be a real blog like that, but what kind of blog would only post questions? A few minutes of searching let me work out exactly what’s going on.
Every single blog post is copied from Yahoo Answers! Every comment was a answer to a question. If you ask a question on Yahoo answers with certain keywords (looks like hotel, vacation and travel are the keywords used), then your question will be copied to the blog. rel=nofollow is added to all links posted so you can’t exploit this to increase your page rank but the links may bring you some new visitors (although I doubt it).
After working this out the first thing that came to mind was “surly this is against the Yahoo Answers TOS”, so i had a quick look through the TOS and look what I found:
12. NO COMMERCIAL REUSE OF YAHOO! SERVICES
You agree not to reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, trade, resell or exploit for any commercial purposes, any portion or use of, or access to, the Yahoo! Services (including Content, advertisements, Software and your Yahoo! ID).
If anyone is wondering, the website is journeyshirts.com (I will not make that a link as it does not deserve to be linked to) and while I was looking into it I also found financebis.com (same thing but this is about finance, looks like a different owner too).
I wonder how many blogs like this are out there.