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  1. Grifter says:

    I think that pony swallowed my soul.

  2. Dan says:

    Thank you for providing an image that will haunt my dreams.

  3. David says:

    What has been seen cannot be unseen.

  4. SamLR says:

    All hail, the holy see: Pope-pony!

    Ken, thought you might appreciate this glorious grasp of law from "Our Valued Customers"[1] (yes, it's off topic it just happened to appear on my feed below this post).

    [1] http://ourvaluedcustomers.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/to-his-friend_24.html

  5. Keith Lee says:

    Got this one this morning as well. So lame.

    To: [email protected]
    Subject: Contact Form Submission from Anthony Ford
    X-PHP-Script: associatesmind.com/index.php for
    Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2012 11:03:42 +0000
    From: "<[email protected]"
    X-Priority: 3
    X-Mailer: PHPMailer 5.2.1 (http://code.google.com/a/apache-extras.org/p/phpmailer/)
    Reply-To: [email protected]
    MIME-Version: 1.0
    Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit
    Content-Type: text/plain; charset="UTF-8"
    X-Identified-User: {:box780.bluehost.com:XXX:box780.bluehost.com} {sentby:program running on server}

    Name: Anthony Ford

    Email: [email protected]

    Comments: Hi,

    I have a client who is interested in purchasing an advertisement on your website, associatesmind.

    Please let me know if you accept advertising.

    Thanks in advance.

    If you do not wish to receive any further communication from our company, please respond with "NOT INTERESTED" in the subject line.

  6. PhilG says:

    Why would someone ever create that po-nightmare? Why? I'm never going to sleep again.

  7. Matt Cole says:

    Creepy. And yet, I imagine, effective.

  8. Nicholas Weaver says:

    Ahh, Google Juicing…

    The question: what are they juicing for, and they are far too cheap about it. $75? BAH!

    Again, however, in the disrupt the business model world, next time, be sure to ask for the URL to their site they want juiced first… There might be ways to make it hurt…

  9. adam says:

    dear god, i will never get that image out of my head. haunt my dreams, indeed.

  10. Josh C says:

    Hilarity aside, I'm not actually sure what's offensive about getting asked "do you sell advertising?"

  11. Nicholas Weaver says:

    Josh: Because this isn't about advertising, once the terms were clear, this is about Google Juicing: trying to artifially raise the status of the target site by buying links on highly rated websites. Its actually a big problem with universities, with students accepting payment for this.

    The Juicers themselves can range from just kinda spammy SEO (Search Engine Optimization) types to real crud like the online pharma vendors.

  12. Ken says:

    @Josh C

    Hilarity aside, I'm not actually sure what's offensive about getting asked "do you sell advertising?"

    A fair question.

    1. Spamming is scummy.

    2. Anthony is, like most spammers, a liar. He does not "have a client who is interested in purchasing an advertisement on your website, popehat," any more than he has a client interested in purchasing an advertisement on Keith's web site. Rather, he has spammed multiple web sites with a shoddy come-on.

  13. S. Weasel says:

    Yeah, but what's the real pitch? What actually ends up happening if you pursue it? I get those, too, and ignore them (of course), but I've always wondered.

  14. Nicholas Weaver says:

    S. Weasel: The pitch is to put a link to their site on your page someplace, in a way that Google etc think its a real link and not an advertising, so pagerank type popularity algorithms (where both the number of links and the reputation of the source of the links) is used to judge the quality of the page and thus its location in search results.

    Those participating can range all over the place: There is the typical SEO "optimizers" who are the website equivelent of the #LMAOtech crowd, all the way to those selling black-market pharmaceuticals (they don't just SPAM for the V-word…).

  15. S. Weasel says:

    Oh. That seems a pretty work-intensive way of getting links (I assume they don't pay out, but that takes an actual human being writing real emails to put it over).

  16. Grandy says:

    Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash could beat up Nyarlaponytep.


  17. Nicholas Weaver says:

    Well, thats the reputable way to do it, which makes it more likely to be a scummy SEO Marketeer who's charging $3000 to the client (and only spending $300 on links).

    The disreputable way is to simply hack webpages…

  18. Nicholas Weaver says:

    Don't Forget: Apocalypse Ponies.

    Punish mankind for his sins!

  19. David says:

    "Ph'neigh mglw'neigh Cpony R'lyeh whin'nie fhtagn."

  20. C. S. P. Schofield says:


    Exactly! The consequences of crossing a "my Little Pony" Pony with a Shuggoth. Hail Nyarthalotep! Hail Shub-Niggurath!

  21. mojo says:

    "Bad monkey!"
    — Ghost Busters

  22. kenB says:

    How do you know it's too late? Maybe his advertisements are for pony products.

  23. Dwight Brown says:

    The ponies are in the wire! THE PONIES ARE IN THE WIRE!

  24. DanH says:

    75$ can't even buy you proper pony repellant. Sure, you could get the cheap imported brand, but that fails to repel ponies more often than not.

    By the way, is it Pope Hat or Popehat? I MUST KNOW!

  25. Windypundit says:

    Geez, I just quote them my advertising rates. That usually makes them go away. Your way sounds like more fun, though.

  26. Bill says:

    @Ken – I believe you, but how do you know? If he doesn't have a client or isn't paying the cash, what does he expect to accomplish?

  27. Anonymous says:

    Wait, $75 per year?

    I don't even get out of bed for less than $40 an hour.

  28. Ken says:

    @Bill: I know because he sends the same thing to Keith, and because the whole pitch is identical.

    He probably has a stable of clients — pardon the pun — who want to be placed on sites based on traffic. None of them know the sites and none have asked for any particular site.

  29. JLA Girl says:

    Ohmygod that is the most hideous thing I've ever seen! I may never sleep again.

  30. Analee says:

    Is that pony the Gatekeeper or the Keymaster?

  31. darius404 says:

    He probably has a stable of clients — pardon the pun

    You are NOT pardoned. You may find such a thing amusing, with your pony-corrupted mind; but I assure, WE DO NOT. We'll be watching you closely, Ponyhat.

  32. Bill says:

    @Ken – that makes sense. I was just curious if there was some other give away, but yah, your explanation is enough to sway this jury.

  33. Anony Mouse says:

    This is the police. The pony is posting from inside the website! I repeat, the pony is inside the website!!!

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