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It appears someone has developed a formula for mass production of web sites.
An e-mail arrived recently saying SQLSummit.com had a high Google ranking for
XML+SQL. It requested a link to an article at an XML site (YourXMLGuide.com).
The cover article (http://www.yourxmlguide.com/) aroused my curiosity. The
reads "Elise Allen" but the fourth paragraph reads "I'm a guy who took several
ages to learn HTML".
A Google search showed "Elise Allen" has been very busy:
This search produces about 1000+ hits. There is a long list of sites with an
Elise Allen cover article -- about lingerie, Florida vacations, flash drives,
property insurance, credit repair, outsourcing, Internet dating, XML, disability
insurance, and so on. There seems to be a site for at least every topic for
which ArticleInsider has recruited writers:
Using WHOIS to check domain names, I found a common IP address for the first few
sites I checked. It's in a IP block assigned to "Dialtone, Inc.". There's an
interesting history of usenet messages about that company:
Some of the featured links on those sites bring up a form requesting personal
data (for example, to apply for a trucking job).