Snake oil boner pill wants to advertise on SEB page about snake oil pheromones.

Even though my blog postings aren’t as frequent as they used to be, SEB still gets a decent amount of traffic every day. This inevitably means I get people inquiring about advertising on SEB. I do carry both Google AdSense ads in the sidebar and Amazon.com ads in the footer, but that’s all I bother to do and neither one generates any significant amount of income. The quickest way to advertise on SEB is to go through Google’s system as they handle all of that stuff without me worrying about it, but that doesn’t stop folks from contacting me directly. The vast majority of these inquiries use the exact same form letter with just the details changed. The offers aren’t for much money and aren’t worth the time they’d take to set up, but I always assumed it was a real, live person sending me the emails. After the one I received today I may have to start assuming they’re actually bots of some sort. Really, really, stupid bots.

Take, for example, the email I found when I arrived home from work today:

From: ian@websponsors.org

Subject: Advertising on stupidevilbastard.com

Hello,

I am Ian with WebSponsors.org. My company represents a leading provider of natural male enhancement. They would like to purchase ad space on your site’s page – stupidevilbastard.com/2007/03/snake_oil_to_get_you_laid_ultra_allure_pheromones.

It would look like…

“male enhancement”

with a link to our client’s site. We can pay you $85 via PayPal as soon as an agreement is made for this ad space.

Please let me know if you are interested. Thanks for your time & consideration.

Ian
ian@websponsors.org
1-888-853-3601

Disclaimer: You have been selected to participate due to the high-quality of your website. If you accept to place this advertisement on your website, you are accepting the Advertiser Program Policy which can be found at http://www.websponsors.org/advertiser-program-policy.php. WebSponsors.org reserves the right to accept or reject this offer for an advertising placement on your website.

Reference Code: 817204#

At first I did what I usually do and hit the delete key to flush it away to the trash, but I just happened to notice as the message left my screen the URL of the page they wanted to put the ad on. That was an entry I wrote in March of 2007 about a spam email I got advertising a “pheromone” cologne that, had it worked as well as they claimed, could be considered a form of rape. My discussion of it wasn’t positive or kind in any way. Did someone really think it would make a great place to advertise for a “natural male enhancement” product? Something that is just as likely to be snake oil as the pheromone product I was ripping apart on the page? It’s hard to accept that there are people out there that stupid so I assume it must be a bot. And I’d be paid a whole $85 for the ad? Wow! Don’t go crazy there Mr. Moneybags!

Now I was curious so I clicked on the “advertiser program policy” link at the bottom of the email. Not only does their webpage not inspire confidence in their business acumen, but the terms they place on you are questionable at best. Especially considering that they don’t bother to mention in the email, or anywhere else I can see, how long they expect their $85 ad to run. More important than that, however, is the fact that they’re stupid enough to want to advertise a bullshit product on a page ranting about a bullshit product. I love the line about how I’ve been selected “due to the high-quality of your website.” What they really meant to say was “high page rank of that one page of your website that is tangentially associated with the crap we’re trying to sell.”

Thanks, but no thanks.

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