WordPressDirect: Spam, Dirty Spam

WordPressDirect creates spam sites Do you have the desire for a blog but not the time, ethics or talent to do so? Try WordPressDirect.

WordPressDirect (it’s a no-follow link, BTW) is a spam blog generator. You pick a theme, plug in a few keywords and let it go to work creating a fake blog for you. It searches YouTube for content to import; it searches Yahoo Answers; it searches other blogs… and it even imports their comments too.

Apparently WordPressDirect now has ten thousand users. Great – like we needed more spam sites.

Here’s how the site describes the process:

“WordPressDirect grabs niche podcast, video and article content plus comments from all over the web and creates a completely unique, high-value website that search engines and visitors absolutely love!”

Reality check: No, visitors won’t love your blog. They’ll hate it, because it’s a spam blog. They’ll think less of you too, because you’re a spammer – you’re stealing other people’s work.

More accurately, as Neville Hobson appropriately put it, WordpressDirect is spam blogging by another name:

“…no need for original content, for your own creativity and opinion, just set this thing up and wait for it to churn out other people’s stuff as you surround “your” content with ads.”

WordPressDirect creates spam sites

WordPressDirect fail I don’t often get worked-up about things on here because, well, I try to stay professional. However, this “service” is just wrong. I’m getting angry just thinking about it. Maybe it’s because I’ve been thinking a lot about ethics recently.

If you don’t have time to write a blog then don’t. Don’t plagiarize other peoples’ work. Don’t steal the results of their efforts.

You know what grade they give kids who copy other peoples’ work in school? They give them a “fail.”

WordPressDirect gets a “fail” from me. So do the people who create spam sites using it.

Thoughts? Am I wrong to be so mad about this?

On more thing – a tip for the chirpy “Emily from Blinking Dot Software”: it’s “Technorati,” not “Technorata.” Oh, and how about not including drunken pictures of employees and your buddy in another video from your press release?

(Hat tip: Mashable)

Dave Fleet
EVP Digital at Edelman. Husband and dad of two. Cycling nut; bookworm; videogamer; Britnadian. Opinions are mine, not my employer's.