Andy at SuccessfulSoftware.net created a piece of software that he submitted to a number of download sites. He was immediately bombarded by “Five Star Awards” from a number of the shadier ones in what essentially became a linkback spam attempt. In order to test his hypothesis — that these awards are bogus — he created an app called “awardmestars.” He quickly began receiving starred badges for his hard work. His conclusion?
The truth is that many download sites are just electronic dung heaps, using fake awards, dubious SEO and content misappropriated from PAD files in a pathetic attempt to make a few dollars from Google Adwords. Hopefully these bottom-feeders will be put out of business by the continually improving search engines, leaving only the better sites.
The software awards scam [SuccessfulSoftware]