Last updated on November 21st, 2015
Comments are now closed on this posting as Google Treasure Chest is dead.
However, the problem has not gone away – the menace continues.
Google Treasure Chest
The saga that is Google Treasure Chest in all it’s various incarnations took an unusual turn the other day and it’s only now I’ve got round to writing about it. For completeness, this is part of the story documented in these three links (and the shrapnel emanating!)
- Google Treasure Chest – it’s a scam and a half!
- Google Kit, or Treasure Chest, the Plot Thickens?
- Drill Down Through bsadn.pantherssl.com
The unusual problem is to do with this comment on the Google Treasure Chest – it’s a scam and a half! posting.
It’s from a guy named ‘jeff’. The IP address is put down as somewhere in Alaska and the email address is a gmail.com one. The problem is the wordage and content of the comment, because notionally it looks okay. It says;
Strangely Perfect has a link to this scam:
What’s interesting is that somehow ‘jeff’ has managed (or bothered?) to add a adsense link with my google adsense reference number. Now this isn’t hard to find. Check the source code for any of my pages and they’ll all contain the code as a google ad is on every page as they are in the sidebar.
In other words – it’s not rocket science.
But why would someone want to do that? The actual text is “Strangely Perfect has a link to this scam”, followed by a link.
But the comment is on the actual post where the actual Google Treasure Chest scam is dug into.
- Q. So where does the actual link point to?
- A. Not where you think – is the answer!
The end URL, https://www.trackednet.com/statistics/ngm/&nm=33 is a 404 dead end. The front query string is also dead. Only when the link is clicked (and I’m credited, bizarrely), does the link take you anywhere and that place is a redirect from trackednet.com via a ‘Go’ page to:
This is a California based company and is in a very nice glazed building off the San Diego Freeway.
So I’m a trifle confused. What’s this comment doing on the post? It’s a kind of self-referential hell. Is it a mistake by ‘jeff’ who posted the comment on the wrong website? Is it part of a link duffing-up process? Is it people posting extra links back to their site on popular posts to ensure the link stands out and isn’t in with the normal bunch of links?
When ‘jeff’ said “Strangely Perfect has a link to this scam”, it’s as if he’s coppied a link from my sidebar adverts and pasted it into a comment…… I hope it’s a genuine mistake and not some new ‘thing’ that I’m at present unaware of!