This week, search engines and blog software vendors are meeting again for a second "summit" on fighting blog spam. That's tipped me over the edge for tossing out a related proposal to search marketers and marketers in general. Can We Agree Automated Comment & Link Posting Is A Bad Thing? has the full details in our Search Engine Watch Forums.
In short, I explain that unlike some other debates over what's spam or what should be acceptable in search marketing, inserting content and links into other pages through automation just doesn't seem a defendable practice by anyone. Indeed, even "black hats" get annoyed by it.
So as an industry, or a community, could search marketers unite to say "No!" on this practice? Lots more explanation and thoughts are covered in the forum thread, plus the ability to vote and chime in with opinions. Please stop by.