Randfish pointed out this dissection (NOTE: cjkcybermedia.com is just reviewing the software; don’t put cjkcybermedia.com on blacklists) of a hilarious piece of software called “Rank Attack” or RankAttack. My favorite part is when the reviewer hooks up a packet sniffer to see what the software is doing. Looks like it’s sending queries to Google with fake referrers, as if (for example) a9.com had sent a user to Google looking for the domain being promoted. Of course, the IP address would be wrong because it’s running on Joe Schmoe’s computer, not a9.com. The same company apparently also sells a “get out of the sandbox” edition that appears just to do other arbitrary queries to Google.
The site selling the software is even funnier. Check out this testimonial:
“There is no way you can increase your ranking without internet consumers actually clicking on your listing under the keywords you’re ranked under. It is that simple.”
SEO Network Engineer
No way? Really? Leaving aside the question of what exactly an “SEO Network Engineer” does, the quote confuses the difference between links (the basis of Google’s PageRank) and clicks (which are, um, not). The rest of the RankAttack site also acts as if clicks were links. An SEOChat discussion is here. My recommendation? Save that $79 for something else.
Update: cjkcybermedia.com contacted me saying “some people are confused and think that we provide the software, when we only reviewed it.” Updated the post so that people won’t blacklist cjkcybermedia.com by accident.