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MFA – Need an advice

 7:32 pm on Jun 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

Couple of days ago I received an email via the contact us of a forum I have, the email was about purchasing 5 text links ads on my forum, he said he will pay for 3 months upfront, I replied back and told him I am interested but I need more information, he answered back:

<paraphrase>They said they offered plain text links but they also offered something else

they would create 5 subdomains with content and host them. Then I would need to create DNS records on my side to point to them. They would be very broad topic sub domains. They then wanted me to pout text links to those sub domains on my root domain.

They said they would offer 500 USD for the subdomain approach.</paraphrase>

I smelled MFA, so I told him to give me a link of another forum doing this with him and he gave me a link of a blog that is hosting 5 text links, I checked them and they are all high paying MFAs, they are all subdomains of the blog. Anyway I replied back and told him that I am Adsense publisher myself and I can see what he is doing and I cant give him subdomains for that and asked him how much will he pay if I sell him 5 text links for 3 months (only links and no subdomains on my forum), he replied that he will pay 150$ for 3 months upfront. I didn’t reply to him ever since.

I checked the 5 links, and they are all very high paying keywords MFAs!

How can we stop this guy?

[edited by: jatar_k at 8:09 pm (utc) on June 29, 2006]
[edit reason] ne email excerpts thanks [/edit]



 7:44 pm on Jun 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

I think you did the right thing by not being associated with such a questionable practice.

When in doubt, go with your gut-instincts. Play it safe.


 8:07 pm on Jun 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

It’s not about me doing the right thing, I am one of those who hates those who are abusing the system. Even when I replied to him and asked how much will he pay for just the links, I did this on purpose to see what he is doing.

This guy is not working on his own I think, and if they were not stopped, soon many will be doing the same!


 8:17 pm on Jun 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

What do you think Google would do if you told Google about the offer, and what the guy was doing?

Do you think they would do anything? Do you think they would advise you? Do you think they would care one way or the other?

My opinion is that Google does not care. If they did care they would have stopped MFA sites long ago. But they have not stopped them so their actions speak much louder than their words.


 8:26 pm on Jun 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

Mike, that’s why I didn’t tell Google about it and came here


 8:38 pm on Jun 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

If he has high paying MFA's then you bet he is following this forum, and now knows what you are thinking or planning.

Also there is no "we" in stopping MFA, only Google can stop them if they wanted to.

And there is nothing to report really, if an AdSenser is dim enough to give DNS records and root links to a suspicious MFA and have their search rankings and AdSense account at the mercy of a shady person for few bucks, then they deserve whatever happens to them, but it's good you gave a warning for others here. Now move on.


 9:17 pm on Jun 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

Someone posted here a couple of weeks ago about receiving the exact same offer. Unfortunately I can't locate the thread. Was that you as well?


 10:23 pm on Jun 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

How can we stop this guy?

There is nothing that "we" can do about how "others" go about with their business.

If someone is dim enough to let others host whatever content they want using his domains, he's asking for it. It's only a matter of time before we would have someone posting here "my adsense account was banned after I "rented" my subdomains to..."

Thank for posting this alert here.


 10:33 pm on Jun 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

The short term vindictive side of me says take the money and don't set up the subdomains. When they complain say you tried to set it up but now your host is demanding money to set it up and he needs to send you another check to pay tech support. Apologize for the inconvenience and then jerk him around until he goes away.

Of course that would be wrong ;) And the escalation is risky but it could be fun.


 10:39 pm on Jun 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

bose, it is scary how your post #8 mirrors mine #6


 12:24 am on Jun 30, 2006 (gmt 0)


Telepathy? Naah. More like I need a better tinfoil hat that works against your mind-scraper bots.

Stop reading my mind pre-emptively, mate! ;)

note to self: from now on, check if Hobbs has already jumped the shark and posted my thoughts ;) hehe


 12:36 am on Jun 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

You did the right thing, however you can't stop him from finding someone else.

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