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Not that there’s anything wrong with that…

June 15th, 2009 · 1 Comment

So, I have a Google Alert setup for “Fly Tying” or “Fly Pattern”; which delivers the descriptions of the latests flies to hit the internet.  What a wonderful diversion from Viagra ads, bill reminders, and action items from the boss.

Google Alerts are not foolproof, however. Many sites are picked up that have nothing to do with fly fishing. Especially during football season, Google regales me with the story of every wide receiver who scored a touch-down on a “fly pattern”. Also, if I ever decide to take up sewing instead of fly-tying, I have plenty of links to trouser patterns, which includes a fly of a different sort.

Another interesting artifact of the Google Alert, is seeing the same material pop up over and over again in different places. One example is Steve Clark’s article about buying flies online, from totalflyfishing.com.  What makes this article especially memorable is the Bob Nelson writing style, in addition to the content itself.

This article has popped up in a variety of places, at least 30 different sites are using this article. Many of the sites did not appear to have a personality behind them, and I wondered if his article was being plagiarized by web content scrapers.

Yesterday, my curiousity got to me, when Google alerted this fly-fisherman about Steve’s article about buying fly-fishing flies on a site that has nothing to do with fly-fishing.  A little detective work revealed that the artile is available for sale on an article distributor. Apparently, Steve has provided his article to the distributor in exchange for links back to his site.

This is an interesting website marketing tactic. Content for links.  Steve, here is a freebie.

Not that there is anything wrong with that…

Tags: humor

1 response so far ↓

  • 1 Mark // Jun 16, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    I too have a Google Alert set up for fly tying (along with one for “fly fishing”, to give me ideas for my own fly fishing blog. I get lots of sports articles from baseball games where a long FLY ball scored the TYING run.

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