Double Standards for Spam

I’ve really been trying to keep things a little more positive here but every so often something gets under my skin and I gotta call a spade a spade. I’ll start off by saying I’m a regular reader of Darren Rowse’s Problogger and I respect and value his work there. Darren’s on vacation and having some guest bloggers write columns for him. Yesterday I noticed this post Three simple actions that doubled my website traffic in 30 days. After reading it I wrinkled my nose a bit but let it slide. Later I noticed it had made it’s way to digg and was tagged by people in Del.icio.us and to be honest the way people were tripping over themselves to fawn over this was actually completly ridiculous. To prove my point lets take a look at the three suggestions:

First, I made the most of Technorati tags.  I tagged every key word in each of my posts.

I placed a few FeedBurner headline animator blocks on some of my most popular pages and after a day or so I noticed a significant increase in traffic for 5 minutes worth of work on my part.

I made effective use of trackback links to popular sites. If I commented on a post on another site I would make sure that I set up the appropriate trackback for it.

Nothing revolutionary here, in fact people have been calling this sort of aggressive behavior as spam, and labeling the people who do it are the scourge of the internet. Why is this suddenly acceptable behavior? Does anyone have a problem if I do it for one of my sites? What if the site in question wasn’t about computers, but was about viagra, cialis, mortgages, poker, or pay day loans? Is this still acceptable? Would over 100 people have thought me saying it was worthy of a bookmark in delicious?

Now to be clear I have absolutely no problem with any and all of these tactics, what gets my feathers ruffled is why the unwashed masses are now OK with it.

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