As I wrote in another article, Search Engine Optimization and Search Engine Spamming are two different things, yet technologically very close.
I had my own brush with Search Engine spammers on two different occasions.
"Steve" from 123 Greetings
The first was when I got an email from "Steve" who runs 123greetings.com. The email was laced with Islamic and Arabic terminology, such as starting with:
As-Salamu `Alaykum wa Rahmatullah wa Barakatuh
Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim
And ending with:
"Steve" wanted me to link to his site, on the occasion of an upcoming Muslim holiday (Eid Al Adha), and he links to mine, so visitors to my site would be able to send Eid greetings, and visitors to his can visit mine as a link. This is known as a reciprocal link in the webmaster world, and can increase page ranking in search engines.
Upon visiting his web site, I was astonished how many ads are on each web page. Not only did one of the ads had a girl on her knees in a skimpy bikini, but the ads were all for spyware screen savers, smileys, and the like.
I did some investigation on the IP address he sent the email from, and it mapped to an ISP in India, called VSNL. Moreover, the domain name was registered to Sharad Kajaria, a known spammer.
"Gerry Martin" from 123 Greetings
On a later occasion, I got an email from "Gerry Martin". This time it was laced with Islamic terminology, but asking for addition in the Arabization section for the upcoming Ramadan month.
"Thomas" from Bizbrim
The other instance was from a web site called Bizbrim, and "Thomas" was interested in quality outsourcing articles.
The web site is a "build for Adsense site" targeting a wide range of topics (travel, mortgage, hotels, outsourcing, education, insurance, affiliates, ...etc.). There is very little real content there and of course Google ads all over.
The domain is registered to a person called Puniya Kumar, from Chennai, India, and also using the ISP VSNL.
I have to guess that because of the cost of living is much lower in India, then ad revenue goes a long way there. If I make 50$ or 100$ a month on ads, that will not even pay for gas for the car. In India, this could be a significant income boost.
I desest the lying though, the pretense, and abusing the system.
"Stephen Hoods" of online-global-directory.com
A third case was when I received an email from someone called "Stephen Hoods". He wanted me to link to a Forex site that has an .au top level domain. He also runs online-global-directory.com, and offered to add my site to it in return for the link.
Again the IP address: 126.96.36.199 tracks back to India. The web site is registered to one Rajiv Chugh, also in New Delhi, India.
While the site is not an ad farm like the two above, I find it fascinating and intriguing that Indians continue to impersonate western sounding names on the internet!