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How Much Are You Worth To an Online Lead-Gen Site? 83

jfruh writes "You may remember the tale of the blogger who found that an infographic he'd put on his site was the front end of an SEO spam job. Well, he's since followed the money to figure out just who's behind this maneuver: the for-profit college industry. He discovered that the contact info of someone who expresses interest in online degree programs can be worth up to $250 to an industry with a particularly sleazy reputation."
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How Much Are You Worth To an Online Lead-Gen Site?

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  • by couchslug ( 175151 ) on Wednesday December 19, 2012 @07:51AM (#42335431)

    I'd sell my info and put it towards college. Since I'm already attending it would be legit!

  • Re:And... (Score:2, Funny)

    by Lumpy ( 12016 ) on Wednesday December 19, 2012 @08:52AM (#42335627) Homepage

    You are peanuts... The real money is in the suckers that want a masters or higher. Those fools get milked out of tens of thousands of dollars. I know one that went into the medical field that is $110,000 in student loan debt because she was stupid and though the "better schools" means you get more job opportunities.

    They dont.

    Some do not get utterly robbed, those people go to school smart. They don't do the stupid move of chasing "prestigious" names. But those are the same students that work full time and go to school full time. They are not morons and get loans and spend it on rent, food, and beer.

    And yes she is one of my examples that having a phd does not make you smart. The other is my sister in law with two Masters degrees and cant balance a checkbook or keep a car on it's tires.

Who goeth a-borrowing goeth a-sorrowing. -- Thomas Tusser