The Deep Link Engine WordPress plugin was released back in March as part of the launch for a product “Auto Content Cash” by Brian G Johnson, Jared Croslow and Alex Goad.
I quite like some of Alex’s products, I have been critical of most of Jared’s and I suppose I am neutral on Brian’s as I have never bought any.
Hyper lazy affiliate banner
In theory it is like a simplified version of Zemanta with an additional option to check to see if a reciprocal pingback link has been published.
There are lots of options to get rid of most footprints the problem is people are lazy and leave the defaults.
Thus you get nice footprints like this
<p><!-- pingbacker_start --><br /> <h4>Related Blogs</h4> <ul class='pc_pingback'>
The other problem is people are greedy.
Rather than choosing the most related posts they add as many as they can – a numbers game, and may or may not keep the links.
I am referring to extreme greed.
- Is the plugin legit? It is just a tool
- Can it be abused? Most certainly
- Are idiots abusing it? Without a doubt
- Is it blackhat? Not necessarily
If you want to test the plugin you get it as a free download from an exit pop sequence if you visit the site via the banner above.
I don’t think as a tool for finding relevant links it is a bad thing, and if you are automating content aggregation in some legitimate way then those receiving (genuine) (relevant) (followed) links aren’t going to complain too much.
With a lot of creative thought something like this could be turned into a very crude Techmeme clone built on WordPress.