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    Exclamation Confessions of a Google Spammer - Journey From 50K a Month to White Hat

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    This is not the type of story I normally share, but it's a super intriguing look at the life of spammers, how they work and why spamming Google doesn't work long term.

    It's just a fascinating, but long read. A candid look into the life of Jeff Deutsch, self proclaimed spammer. I got sucked in, then had to stop 1/2 way through due to time constraints. But like a great book, it was sure hard to put down and left me wanting more.

    Confessions of a Google Spammer

    "Before I became an inbound marketer, I once made $50,000 a month spamming Google. I worked a maximum of 10 hours a week. And I am telling you from the bottom of my heart: never, never ever follow in my footsteps."

    "Rand took the stage to kick off LinkLove 2012... He took the stage with a big smile, introduced himself and then proceeded with this presentation called “F#$%! Link Building”. My heart sank.

    I went from slightly butt-hurt to outright angry and defiant. He was insulting our entire industry."

    "I swore I wouldn’t let Google make us stop hustlin’. But Rand was right. Within 2 months, our entire network of 5,000+ blogs—for which we paid more than $80,000—was deindexed, dead, simply kaput. Our $100k/mo business was ruined."

    "In short, after 5 years of considering white hats and inbound marketers to be snobs, I’m finally drinking the Kool-Aid.

    You win, Google. Content is king."

    So those are just some scattered snippets. When you get time to read the whole thing I think you'll find it mesmerizing, at least I did.

    And so did others I guess. 700 upvotes at Inbound and 207 comments. Some of the comments are golden too. Especially the initial banter between Rand and Jeff.

    Your thoughts???

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    Re: Confessions of a Google Spammer - Journey From 50K a Month to White Hat

    This story is really eye-opening. Thanks for sharing Linda.

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    Re: Confessions of a Google Spammer - Journey From 50K a Month to White Hat

    Just read the entire thing. Wow is about all I can say. Thanks for sharing.
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    Re: Confessions of a Google Spammer - Journey From 50K a Month to White Hat

    Thanks Joy and Scott. I thought it was a gripping read.

    It popped up for me because the whole post was published somewhere else this week.
    I thought it was the original, so wrote it up thinking it was new. Then found the original which was published back in May. But a story like that does not need to be fresh new news, it's classic and evergreen.
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    Re: Confessions of a Google Spammer - Journey From 50K a Month to White Hat

    Oh man:

    "Yet another guy (also in China, like me) was working with prison wardens who forced their inmates to mine World of Warcraft gold for sale online." - killed me.

    Fascinating read. I agree with Rand in his comment, blackhat vs whitehat isn't a moral argument, it's about long term success vs short term.
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