Slashdot Baiting

Fake News written by James Baughn on Tuesday, February 2, 1999

from the schemes-for-nerds-stuff-that-pays dept.

We here at Humorix World Headquarters receive a fair amount of spam, just like everyone else who has an email address. The destination of most of this garbage is /dev/null. Once in awhile, though, we get a spam message that's just too funny or absurd to delete. For instance, a month ago we were sent a junk email that claimed, "Spam is good for the environment! It reduces the need to send bulk mailings printed on dead trees!" However, that's nothing compared to the bizarre message we received earlier today entitled "MAKE MONEY FAST FROM SLASHDOT!!!!!!"

Attached below is a copy of the message.

Date: February 2, 1999

Dear Friend,

You can earn $50,000 or more in next the 90 days. Seem impossible? Read on for details.

This message has been targeted to webmasters of Linux-related sites. You are probably familiar with the "News for Nerds" site. You've probably heard about the "Slashdot Effect". Now, we want to introduce a new term that could change your life: "Slashdot Baiting".

As shown by the investigation of the Slashdot Effect by Stephen Adler, this force can be a significant source of traffic. Lots of traffic. Thousands of visitors within hours. Thousands of eyeballs looking and clicking at YOUR banner advertisements. In short, the Slashdot Effect, if properly utilized, can produce a significant amount of advertising revenue.

That's where we at MoneyDot Lucrative Marketing International Group, Inc. come in. We know how to exploit the Slashdot Effect. We call our strategy "Slashdot Baiting".

The process is simple:

  1. Move your site (if you haven't already) to a host that offers unlimited bandwidth.
  2. Put lots of advertisements and other marketing fluff on your website.
  3. "Bait" one of the Slashdot posters to link to your site.
  4. Receive thousands of visitors within hours; show lots of banners.
  5. Cash the checks from your sponsors.
  6. Repeat the process.

Step #3 is the tough part -- if you don't have our help. We here at MoneyDot Lucrative Marketing (MLM) have studied the process by which Rob Malda, Sengan, Hemos, and the other Slashdot contributors decide which links to feature. We know what they will, and won't publish. We know exactly what to do to get them to hit your site with the Slashdot Effect.

It's quite painless. We have formulated 101 easy ways to get your site mentioned on Slashdot

Let's take an example, Bait Tactic #65: "If you write for a mainstream media source, mention Slashdot in one of your articles. One of your readers is bound to be a Slashdot regular, and is likely to tell one of the Slashdot contributors about your article." This worked for the New York Times. They mentioned the uproar on Slashdot in response to a patent on real-time gaming. Soon thereafter, the Times article was mentioned on Slashdot, resulting in thousands of visitors. If Slashdot Baiting works for the New York Times, it can work for you.

Interested in pursuing Slashdot Baiting and obtaining financial independence? Want to make $50,000 (or more!) within 90 days?

Then purchase MLM's "Slashdot Baiting Kit", which will contain everything you need to know to put this powerful marketing force to work for YOU! This Kit contains all 101 Bait Tactics, information on how to attract lucrative sponsors, pointers to website hosting services known to handle the stress of the Slashdot Effect, along with other important information you need to get started! We also throw in a warranty: if your site isn't mentioned on Slashdot within 90 days of using this Kit, we'll give you your money back [minus processing fees], guaranteed!

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Thank you for your time.

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