Megalomaniac Creates Digg Spam Business
A little chutzpah goes a long way, but this is chutzpah bordering on comical grandiosity. The existence of uSocial.net (sorry, kid, no linking) is audacious enough: The site offers a Digg.com gaming service (StumbleUpon and Propeller, too), where clients can pay to have submissions linking to their website voted up on Digg.
But wait until we get to the press release about it—then things get really good.
First, more description. Right now the site is offering up 15 percent off a 400 vote package, which for as little as a hundred bucks could send up to 200,000 visitors.
From the About page:
The statistics are that less than 1% of all content submitted to social bookmarking sites like Digg actually get to the front page, which made us at uSocial put our creative heads together to find a way to get more votes. And after a short while…
We Cracked It!
The fine print on the purchase agreement page makes no guarantees of actual traffic of course, but we especially liked the opportunity to donate to charity through the site—you know, if you actually really trust a company set up with the explicit purpose of, well, fraud.
Somehow we missed 23-year-old Australian founder Leon Hill’s press release back in December. But Stan Schroeder at Mashable was sent one directly. A subsequent search unearthed (unwebbed?) the whole document, entitled “23 Year Old Entrepreneur Beats Digg, Yahoo! & AOL at Their Own Game.”
Here are the good parts:
When David beat Goliath with a single stone from his sling, the odds were stacked pretty heavily against him.
But even greater were the odds when 23 year-old Brisbane-based entrepreneur Leon Hill embarked on a journey to create an online business that would be fighting against $300-million-per-year social bookmarking giant Digg.com, as well as the multi-billion-dollar juggernaut that is Yahoo! Inc.
And although he was flying solo with no outside help, he fought them both – and won. . .
With only his computer, little capitol [sic, link added] and a tiny amount of knowledge about how social bookmarking sites work, Leon set out to beat several online empires at their own game; including Yahoo!, second only to Google in terms of online might.
Don’t stand too close. You might get some on you.