The Insidious “Mouse Here For Related Links”

If your a blogger I am sure you have seen in really small print at the bottom of a blog post “Mouse Here For Related Links“. So I started scouring the internet trying to find out more information about this. If you still don’t know what I am talking about, here is a picture of the culprit.

Mouse Here For Related Links

Now at first when I started seeing these pop up, I figured it was just another wordpress plugin, but a few things rubbed me the wrong way about them.

Mouse Here For Related Links – How Dare People Do This Crap

There is nothing more vile than someone trying to fool you into giving them link juice and offer absolutely nothing in return. The idea behind trackbacks and things like that is they are suppose to be a 2 way street. I help you, you help me. With this mouse here for related links crap, humans aren’t going to see the link and further more it is likely that they are nofollow to boot.

Before accepting trackback links, ping back or whatever actually go check out where the link is going. You may find your backlink buried never to be seen by human or machine.

Mouse Here For Related Links – How Rude!

I have been getting these spammy trackbacks for months now. I have been meaning to talk about them here, I just haven’t gotten around to doing it till now. Ironically I can find very little information on what plugin is being used to accomplish it. So if any of you kind folks in the blogosphere know anything about this I would love for you to chime in.

I did find one blog post that also mentions this crime against humanity :)

Beware False Link Flattery

If you run a blog, you may have noticed a rash of ‘trackbacks’ or ‘pingbacks’ recently. These are articles on other blogs or websites that link to your posts. When you follow the link to the site linking to you, you may find that your link doesn’t appear within the body of the article at all. In fact you can’t even find it on the page. Read More


It’s a dirty trick to play on squirrel who is just trying to get a nut :)

…As if we don’t have enough problems fighting spam etc

So if you see this image

Mouse Here For Related Links

Avoid it like the plague! “Mouse Here For Related Links (What Nerve People Have)

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Mouse Here For Related Links

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  1. says

    I found it interesting what you said about false link flattery, I’ma newbie so have sooooo much to learn, with ‘trackbacks’ or ‘pingbacks’ I assumed that when you follow a link to the site linking to you, your link would naturally appear on the page…..just goes to show that nothing is as it appears eh!

  2. says

    Hi Larry,
    There are number of times i have seen this type of crap in my mailing list.People try to make things work for themselves regardless of what we get something or not.They just make things look attractive but the truth is something else.

  3. says

    Hi Larry!
    this is the problem which happen mostly with the blogger like pingback and trackback.we usually follow the link but we observe that the link does not follow or appear on the site.thanks for the suggestion about it.

  4. Jeet says

    @Larry: That’s a good one you have found. I guess it’s just another blackhat method for building links. I think the spammers will probably have a better success rate with a bait and switch arrangement where they give you a genuine trackback that you will approve because you see a link to your post, they can remove the links after a month and you wouldn’t know 😉 But I guess they are resorting to false trackback because they don’t want to work at all.

    I thought these was something Zemanta guys did, I like their plug-in and does indeed give you some really good options.

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