Something very weird is going on with PRWhirlWind's press release distribution service.

MrClowder

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Okay so this is getting really weird.

I ordered a Press Release distribution service from a vendor on here, and I got back a report of the websites that picked it up. The report said that 325 websites picked it up. I was a little bit confused at the results because half them were on the same domain. 160 of them to be exact were on the same domain. For example, it would say "San Diego Tribune" as a network that picked it up, it would show the logo the logo of San Diego Tribune, but the URL would link to http://markets.financialcontent.com/sandiego/news/read/id-of-my-press-release/. This is on the financialcontent.com domain, but uses the San Diego Tribune logo.

Then I realized, half of the ones that were on the same domain (86 to be exact) weren't even real URLs at all. They just redirected to http://markets.financialcontent.com/stocks/news/read/id-of-my-press-release/. For example, it would say "The News & Observer", it would have the logo for the news and observer, the URL would link to http://markets.financialcontent.com/mi.newsob/news/read/id-of-my-press-release/, and when I click on that URL it would do a 301 redirect to http://markets.financialcontent.com/stocks/news/read/id-of-my-press-release/.

I made a post about it on here asking if that was normal, but I left it thinking "Oh well, at least there were a lot of legitimate news networks that picked it up. For example, azcentral.com (91 DA), or buffalonews.com (78 DA), jsonline.com (88 DA), and post-gazette.com (91 DA). That's pretty significant" That is, until I dug deeper...

Now this is where things get really weird.

I noticed that a most of the high DA networks all had my press release on a subdomain (for example http://markets.ask.com, http://markets.post-gazette.com, http://finance.jsonline.com, and http://finance.az-central.com). Of course at first it just looked like they it would be the finance or the markets section, but then I did a bulk query to find tag information about all of the websites. I noticed that all of the websites that were on a finance, business, or markets subdomain all had their canonical URL set to.... you guessed it. financialcontent.com. There were 49 in total. The websites are all identical copies of the same website, other than the fact that they use the logo of the domain they were on.

Below is a full list of the websites for anyone who is interested.
https://pastebin.com/gRVeTG00

So we have extremely high authority news networks from all different areas all with a subdomain that is a clone of the same website. What is going on here? Why would they do that, what would they have to gain by doing this?
 

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In my experience, press releases like this are a waste of money. Even if they do get put on some "news" site, they're deleted after a couple of months anyway.

I know that doesn't really answer your query about what's going on. Just thought you should know
 

MrClowder

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In my experience, press releases like this are a waste of money. Even if they do get put on some "news" site, they're deleted after a couple of months anyway.

I know that doesn't really answer your query about what's going on. Just thought you should know

From my understanding they can help if it's a press release that is interesting enough for people to actually share it. If you just make whatever you can think of for the link to your website, it wouldn't help.

Anyways, as you addressed as well, I'm more curious as to why these large news networks all contain a copy of the same website.
 
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wait so does PRWHIRLWIND gets your press release to the sites stated on their ads? like abc, reuters
 

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I called out the same bullshit on The Hoth from a press release I ordered from them a couple years ago. The exact same story as you just told and from what I remember, most of the exact same sites. All these vendors must be ordering them from the same third party that is just raping and pillaging with BS crap links
 
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