getcooking - 4:18 pm on Feb 13, 2013 (gmt 0)
I use a couple different services to monitor when my brand/website is mentioned online. I got an alert yesterday that has me a little puzzled.
Someone has written an article and linked to my site in it. The article isn't overly spammy but it also clearly isn't written by a native English speaker so it doesn't read very well. My site (homepage) is the only one linked in the article.
The article is mildly relevant to my site. Let's say the article is about Asian widgets and my site is just about widgets in general, with a teeny, tiny, itty bitty Asian widget section among thousands of other more popular sections.
It just seems odd that they'd link to my site when there are definitely more relevant sites for their topic (the link says something along the lines of "visit http://example.com for other widgets"
If it was just a post on a blog I'd probably have ignored it but they seem to be submitting this article to a bunch of sites (so far I've found four instances of it in the last 24 hours).
Does this seem odd? I mean, I assume that if it was really an all out attempt to harm my site they'd probably be doing it en masse with multiple articles, not just one. But it really has me wondering what they are up to. Oh, and the author's name is never really revealed. It's different usernames on the different sites.
If they are trying to harm us then the joke is on them. Panda took care of that.