March 28, 2012 at 7:57 PM ET
Tuesday we shared with you a story of an alleged Pinterest spammer who spilled his guts to The Daily Dot about how lucrative his business was, especially on the social networking bulletin board site, where he claimed he hauls in $1,000 a day. Wednesday, the website said the man "may or may not actually be a spammer," but that those who engage in similar work "not only confirmed the facts in his account as realistic but also derided him for sharing his secrets."
The spammer, "Steve," said in his original interview that he made so much money on Pinterest by using spambots tied to his Amazon.com Affiliate account. Then, when The Daily Dot asked for a follow-up interview, he said he had been pranking about his spam success.
"While we can’t verify Steve’s identity, spammers from the site Black Hat World" corroborated that "Steve" not only knew what he was talking about in terms of spam techniques, but was right on the money, literally, The Daily Dot said Wednesday.
" 'I have a few sites doing $1000/day right now and I would NOT tell anyone about them or how they earn,” wrote meathead1234 in a discussion about the interview," said the website.
Others on the Black Hat World site were ticked off as well, including this remark from "inumel":
its because of idoits like this, who "brag" or who just aren't stealth about their earnings and their marketings are the reason why these things get patched so quickly... Now more companies whill be flooding bhw to see if people have been "marketing" on their respected sites ...
And patched Pinterest may be. As one Black Hat World member noted, "because of this Pinterest has changed their algorithm again today" to throw spammers off course.