The economics of bogus search engines
June 22, 2005 4:24 AM Subscribe
What are the economics of bogus search engines and other oddities found by regular search engines?
posted by elgilito to Computers & Internet (4 answers total)
Whenever I look up my website name (it's a unique made-up name) in Google or another legit search engine, some of the results are just odd: bogus search engines, pseudo sex/dating/tax/furniture/etc websites that look like datingsite.com/myfirstname.html or bodypart-enlargment.bogussearchsite.com. I understand that these "sites" are only there to get money, and I've read about spamdexing
and other internet scams and but I still don't understand the economics of it. Who is paying whom for what? Is someone getting real cash from having my website (which doesn't have a large traffic) listed in a totally irrelevant way? And who is getting scammed, since no real service is provided? Also, are we talking about large sums of money or small change?