Have you been checking your stats programs lately?
I’ve been checking mine. And my stats program has been DECEIVED by black-hatters. (Those are people who use questionnable (at the least) tactics to make money online.)
Black hat marketers tend to be the most creative in the bunch. And they realize that getting traffic to a web site is as simple as sharing a URL with someone.
One way to get website traffic might be to walk down the street and tell people about your site. Or you could send them a letter. You could wear a sticker with your URL.
Anyway you can get your URL in front of someone is a way to get traffic.
And the black-hatters have discovered that one way is to “link” to your site from theirs… and then have a BOT click on the link to your site so that the Black Hatters URL will show up in your stats program!
(All stats programs will tell you where your visitors came from. In this case, it looks likes visitors are coming from the Black Hatters site… when it’s most likely a fake visit from a computer program.)
Because there are so many webmasters addicted to their stats, people will naturally click the link to see who’s linking to them. And that’s how you find yourself on the black hatters website.
Several of my sites have been targeted by these Mad Black-Hatters lately.
My question is… Is this a clever, innocent way to get traffic? Is it dishonest? Is it wrong?
I think at the least it’s very disingenuous. It’s not a very good way to introduce your business to someone.
But tell me, is this free traffic method too tempting for you? Would you use this technique for your business?
Please respond below, cheers!