[theme-reviewers] Question regarding SEO/SPAM - related domains

James Laws jamielaws at gmail.com
Thu Dec 22 12:39:24 UTC 2011

I think that's kind of my thought in the end. The domain can't say it all
on it's own. Even in the ultra spammy version you started this thread
with:  free travel website templates dot com, If this is the author URI and
there business is specific to the travel industry than this is possible
just a great domain for them. I wouldn't want it but it's their business.

domain name + site content (Otto's explanation) = whether a domain or link
is appropriate or not.


On Thu, Dec 22, 2011 at 7:30 AM, Otto <otto at ottodestruct.com> wrote:

> On Thu, Dec 22, 2011 at 6:14 AM, Mario Peshev <mario at peshev.net> wrote:
> > I've always found too blurry the area of SEO/SPAM related domains and
> links
> > in Author/Theme URI + footer credit links. Currently looking at a theme
> > linked to free travel website templates dot com - as author URI + footer
> > link. Is it subject to guidelines violation?
> If you have to ask the question, then I would say that it is a violation.
> The page at the Theme URI should be about the theme, specifically.
> The page at the Author URI should be about the author, or their
> company, or their consulting service, etc. Leeway is allowed here, but
> the point is that the URI must be about that person who created the
> theme in some way. A personal blog is fine. A site advertising that
> person's business or company is fine. A site that guy built which is
> covered with affiliate links is not.
> Footer links must be one of the above, and not linked using misleading
> terms (seo link-spam).
> IMO, a site is spam when looking at it does not benefit the person
> doing the looking in any real way.
> -Otto
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