I regularly get spam from webmasters asking me to participate in a link exchange; their site has nothing to do with mine, they're just trying to improve their site's PageRank by getting as many incoming links as possible, so they send this spam to (presumably) thousands of people with websites, and presumably some of the recipients go along with it in order to improve their own PageRank.
Normally I don't pay any attention to that kind of spam, just delete it. But I've had two particularly entertaining ones recently that were specifically related (kind of) to past journal entries.
The first was in regard to an old entry about the Last Unicorn movie. It said:
I have found your website kith.org by searching Google for "unicorn hoax". I think our websites has a similar theme, so I have already added your link to my website.
Then it asked me to link to its fraud-prevention website. (Which is actually just a webspam network.) I was amused that my use of the phrase "if it’s a hoax" in that entry had put the entry into the top Google results for [unicorn hoax]. (Not, btw, for ["unicorn hoax"], which is what I thought the email was saying at first.)
But today I got an even better one. A couple years ago, I wrote a journal entry about author gender statistics regarding submissions to SH. The entry used the words "female" and "submission," though not together. You can probably guess where this is headed.
This morning's spam said:
I have found your website kith.org by searching Yahoo for "female submission stories". I think our websites has a similar theme, so I have already added your link to my website.
Hee. Somehow I don't think their alleged readers would be happy if they followed that link looking for female submission stories.
(It'll be even funnier if I get another link-exchange from the same people in a week talking about this entry I'm writing right now.)
I say "alleged" readers because the site that sent that spam, too, is a webspam site, not actually a site featuring female submission stories.