TheMadScientist - 2:46 pm on Jan 31, 2011 (gmt 0)
The thing is the the blog spam is so amateurish, it's likely the competitor is simply using some automated blog spamming software that creates scraped content 'article' blog postings and all they have to do is <insert anchor text> and the tool does the rest.
1.) That's probably only the front end of the system you're seeing... How many external 'minty fresh' links go to that 'minty fresh' page to make it 'more important for minty freshness' than you have?
2.) The thing you have to remember about the algo is it's not a person... They can check grammar to see if it is well written, they can check spelling, they can find related words and phrases to see if they're used at the right percentage, but what they cannot do is read it like a person and determine if it's junk or not.