I really respect these great personalities that has entertained us in one way or another in the past, and this blog post is not in anyway intended to offend any friends or relatives of these people. May their souls rest in peace.
What this blog post is about are two linked in request I have received a few days ago.
Both I decided not to approve. One from Joe Frazier, and another from Ana Nicole Smith. Both I did not approve because they just do not seem to be real people. To all the SEO guys out there, you know I do get the fake profile thing… creating new personas, adding more people, getting more friends, followers, relationships and later on trying to promote something. But always trying to appear like a soft sell and not blatant marketing. But creating profiles with real names of popular dead people? That just makes the profile look more fake?!?!
Ok, maybe I am wrong. Maybe there is someone named Joe Frazier and Ana Nicole Smith. They just so happened to be named the same names as these famous celebrities.
Joe Frazier is from India, and Ana Nicole Smith is the Link Builder from Indonesia
I highly doubt these are the real names. I believe Frazier does not sound like a last name from India. And Smith also does not sound like a last name from Indonesia. And lastly, we do not even know if these request really came from those countries.
Again, I can still be wrong. But my SEO spammer sense is tingling telling me they do not seem to be real people. If this is the work of someone I personally know… sorry. 🙂 I also didn’t have any intentions to offend you. Some of you might be saying what is Benj doing? Calling out other SEOs, I should understand what they do. And I actually do. All my SEO clients are whitehat SEO clients and that doesn’t mean I haven’t played on the dark side for experiments and stuff. But if you don’t do things correctly, these are the things that the non-SEO people hate about the SEO people. And the more people that hate us, the more it breaks our credibility.
The Whitehat Advice: Don’t do this, don’t make fake profiles. It’s wrong.
The Blackhat Advice: WTH? What kind of name is that? Please use a better realistic name.