Most Hypnos Forum members and lurkers probably don't realize this, but for years now we've been flooded with "fake" member signups on this forum. Sure, some people sign up for accounts because they actually want to post here and participate in subjects relevant to this board, but far more people sign up because they want to post spam and disappear. A newer "trick" is signing up for an account and never posting anything, merely creating a membership with "spammy" links in your profile, so that Google's web-crawlers will see instances of those links and thus their placement in search engines will be better.
This is known as Search Engine Optimization, or SEO. Before people started getting savvy to it (and even now, in some places) people would go around and create zillions of memberships and comments and blog postings and all kinds of other "presences" on the web, for no other purpose than to get these web links visible in as many places as possible. Because if you post links to www.pornnnsite.com
in five billion places on the web, then any google search for any term relevant to that site will tend to "rank" that site higher than others with the same term relevance. In other words, if you have a site and want it to show up well on google searches, you might resort to this kind of disgusting, spammy trick to get people to find your sire.
All this background is for those of you who don't know what SEO is, or maybe you've just wondered why very often the front page displays a newest member name of "AmbientGuy" one minute, then the newest member is "Spammer99," then minutes later (after I've deleted Spammer99's account) the newest member is once again "AmbientGuy."
What I'm really posting this for is because I figure someone reading this must know more about the subject than me, and I'm really wondering whether this sort of activity really works. I mean, is it really lucrative to pay teenagers in Indonesia or Ukraine to sign up for forums and message boards, and spread your web links around all day long? It just doesn't seem like it can possibly be worthwhile monetarily, and maybe the only reason people are still doing it is because they haven't yet realized they're not REALLY going to get rich (same reason people try selling Amway or Cookie Lee or Tupperware). If somebody knows better, tell me I'm wrong, and these people are actually pulling down a decent amount of money, setting up forum accounts and putting www.erectiledisfonction.com
links in there, and then moving on to the next forum.
It's so annoying, deleting five or ten or fifteen new memberships every day. I've managed to at least prevent the "bot" signups, automated computer programs that sign up without any human being involved, but it's tough to prevent somebody from setting up this kind of "junk" account.