In recent weeks, I saw an increase in what I call "fake software" on my software directory. The ideal is to distribute some "fake software" to software directories to get a backlink to your site/blog.
Today, I was reading Vic's blog, I noticed this thread on the forum. A person was asking about the 30 Minute Backlink Solutions. I was curious and found out that it was the source of this recent plague on software directories. When I saw the promotional video, I remembered that I deleted the software in the video when it first started. The 30 Minute Backlink Solutions will scam cost you $97.
Why the 30 Minute Backlink Solutions is a scam?
According to AndiC, it would cost you $200-300 more to get you started with the some software. You can use free "premade" software.
The ideal would had been good if it was going to be a real software. Then again, it's not backlinks but downloads you want when it's a real software. Now, the method is being too much overused that it will very soon not work anymore.
When I see a "fake software", it's deleted and most software directories are doing the same now according to AndiC. So, you will pay $97+ for a method that will no longer work as advertised. In time, the method will die.
Of course, you will still find software directories that don't even check at new submissions. But then again the webmaster will eventually close it thus removing your backlinks in a few months.
Serious webmaster may give you the backlink now but delete it a few hours/days later. If it get too much work to handle for them, the site will just close. So, the method is for short term gain if any.
One argument is that it give new content to our software directories. Yes, it's true but if I start to have 1000 times the same thing over and over, then it's content that I don't want.
The author had a good ideal but by making it public turned into a spam method thus no longer under the radar. That's for this reason I call the method a scam, and not the author a scammer.
Do you have alternative to get backlinks?
I do understand that you want backlinks and finding a fast way has some appeal to you and to me too.
I see Bookmarking Demon, for example, as the better investment for you to get backlinks. At least with BMD, you don't need to buy other things to use it. ;) I use it but I don't overuse it.
Another way to get backlinks is to leave comments on dofollow blogs using Fast Blog Finder. It's free and it can be upgraded for much less than 30 Minute Backlink Solutions to find more results. Again, leave a real comment and don't spam or your comment will be deleted anyway. The cool thing is that you can find post with some high PageRank.
I must also state that I did not buy 30 Minute Backlink Solutions. I was able to review it because I understand the principal(I'm real software author) and I'm at the other end of that method(I have a software directory).
Btw, I do have pointers(like many directory owners) to spot "fake software" because most users that are using the 30 Minute Backlink Solutions are too damn lazy so it's easier for me. And no, I won't tell you how I do it. :D But when in doubt, I just delete the software.
P.S. To make sure we are talking about the same software, click here. I saw a few similar sites but they did not show the price on the front page.
Edit 2008/10/16: I finally decided to indirectly link to the 30 Minute Backlink Solutions using my own short URL(my service). I gave you my opinion but in the end, it's up to you make the choice for a quick "possible" buck or use other and better alternative methods for the longer term. I also noticed a decrease of fake software since I posted this. Maybe users are less lazy. ;)
Edit 2008/12/08: I posted about the submission part using a fake software I created.
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