January 2, 2006

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Pyramid Meme

My search for all things meme-related threw up this little gem of a blog post from quotesexchange.com:


Below is the latest code to copy and paste for the current version of the
Help Make Blogs More Visble! GoMeme 4.0
Copy and paste everything between the "===" marks


Help Make Blogs More Visible!

NOTE: Be sure you paste live links for the Path List below.

There are by some estimates more than a million weblogs. But most of them get no visibility in search engines. Only a few "A-List" blogs get into the top search engine results for a given topic, while the majority of blogs just don't get noticed. The reason is that the smaller blogs don't have enough links pointing to them. But this posting could solve that. Let's help the smaller blogs get more visibility!

This posting is GoMeme 4.0. It is part of an experiment to see if we can create a blog posting that helps 1000's of blogs get higher rankings in Google. So far we have tried 3 earlier variations. Our first test, GoMeme 1.0, spread to nearly 740 blogs in 2.5 days. This new version 4.0 is shorter, simpler, and fits more easily into your blog.

Why are we doing this? We want to help thousands of blogs get more visibility in Google and other search engines. How does it work? Just follow the instructions below to re-post this meme in your blog and add your URL to the end of the Path List below. As the meme spreads onwards from your blog, so will your URL. Later, when your blog is indexed by search engines, they will see the links pointing to your blog from all the downstream blogs that got this via you, which will cause them to rank your blog higher in search results. Everyone in the Path List below benefits in a similar way as this meme spreads. Try it!

Instructions: Just copy this entire post and paste it into your blog. Then add your URL to the end of the path list below, and pass it on!

Path List

1. Minding the Planet
2. Wireless LAN
3. Writing Resources
4. BillBoard
5. Stock Quotes Stock Trading Stock Help
6. Christmas All Year
7. Quotes from Famous People
8. Recipes at World Famous Recipes
9. Jobs and Employment
11. Jokes and Humor
12. 480 Area Code Guide
13. Phoenix Arizona East Valley Community Index
14. HTTP in Phoenix AZ
15. Daily Bible Verse
16. Love Poems
18. World Famous Recipes
19. Recipes Recipe
20. Members Space
21. Search Engines - World Search News
22. Home Improvement and Home Remodeling Ideas and Tips
23. Famous Quotes And Famous Sayings Network Weblog
24. Life Story Writing
25. Links Page Link Exchange Manager Site
26. Random Ramblings and Links
27. Personal Finance and Financial Planning
28. World Famous Recipes
30. (your URL goes here! But first, please copy this line and move it down to the next line for the next person).

NOTE: Be sure you paste live links for the Path List or use HTML code.


Can anyone else see how the scam works? That's right, it's a pyramid scheme.

Let's take it from the start:

1. Bill starts the list with one link to his blog.
2. Ben copies the list and adds a link to his blog. Bill now has one external link on Ben's blog back to his blog.
3. Bernard copes the list from Ben's blog, and adds a link to his blog. Bill now has two links back to his blog, but Ben only has one. Bernard has none.
4. Belinda copies the list from Bernard's blog, and adds a link to hers. Bernard has one link, Ben has two and Bill has three.

Can you see where this is going? So far it's a fairly linear progression, but it probably wouldn't work that way. In reality, Ben, Bernard and Belinda might all copy Bill's list and add their links, so Bill gets three links back to his blog. If three people make copies of Ben's, Bernard's and Belinda's lists, they each get one link back, and Bill get's nine.

There's an in-built exponential progression in this scheme. People at the top of the pyrmaid could get hundreds of thousands of links in just a few generations of copies, while people near the bottom would get only a handful.

It's a link exchange scheme designed to favour the originators. I'll be interested to see if many bloggers fall for it... (Oops, too late!)
Posted 15 years, 9 months ago on January 2, 2006