What are pharmaceutical scammers up to? From active participation in black hat search engine optimization campaigns, to spamvertising of bogus links — including QR Codes — and compromising of web sites with high page rank in order to redirect to pharmaceutical scams, scammers are keeping themselves pretty busy in order to monetize as much web traffic as possible.

Recently, one of the most popular affiliate network for selling counterfeit pharmaceutical items launched its own Web contest.

Let’s take a look.

Ironically, the contest’s rules explicitly forbid the writing of articles related to black hat search engine optimization, fake  codeds, carding, and DDoS attacks. Ironically, in the sense that black hat search engine optimization, next to spamming, remain among the most popular advertising techniques in the arsenal of the pharmaceutical scammer:

In order to participate in it you need to write relevant and detailed article on SEO, which will be revealed and graphically shown (pictures, screenshots, etc.) or that the problems and prospects in this field. The main value of the article – is, of course, “scorched” in its topic, so for us is absolutely unimportant whether or not the person’s own blog. But it should be noted that the articles telling about illegal topics and methods of work (hack, hacking, carding, codecs, ddos, cp, adware, etc.) will not be published.

And the prices?

  • Completely unique author’s article estimated at $ 300.
  • The transfer paper is unique in a good quality we have estimated at $ 150.
  • Winner of the month at 6.10 published articles receive from us $ 500.
  • Winner of the month at 1-5 published articles receive from us $ 250.

The Web contest is sponsored by the infamous RX-Partners pharmaceutical scams affiliate network, which I have already exposed in a previous report regarding pharmaceutical scammers.

Affiliate networks continue representing the key driving force behind the growth of pharmaceutical scams. Offering high payout rates to participating scammers, these networks entice scammers in engaging with numerous malicious practices in order to better monetize the hijacked traffic.

Don’t bargain with your health, avoid purchasing counterfeit pharmaceutical items.

You can find more about Dancho Danchev at his LinkedIn Profile. You can also follow him on  Twitter.

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