Top 40 anthro blog -- or spam?

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Apparently, our little Photoethnography.com blog got into the Top 40 Anthropology Blog list.

 

Top Anthropology Blog
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However, I'm entirely unclear as to whether this is spam or not.  Gentle readers, please advise.

 

I added rel="nofollow" tags to the links just in case. And just removed the links altogether since the feedback below seems to suggest that it is spam...

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Spam! A clever way of marketing for their business. It started two years ago with a Top 100 Anthropology Blog list by an onlinedegrees site, since then more and more such lists popped up. I chose to ignore all of them, so yesterday I received a reminder

"Just wanted to remind you that you were the recipient of our 2010 Top 40 Anthropology Blogs Award. (...) We work hard to put this award on, and we hate to see it go to waste! (...) If you choose to decline our award, please respond by Monday, July 26. The only reason we ask this is because if you choose to decline or not recognize our award, then let us know so your colleagues who could qualify for the award have a chance at recognition and take your spot. (...) We just want our award winners not only to appreciate our award, but also to understand what our ultimate goal is; to take away awards from marketing companies and make them back into what they should be: awards."

In their first mail they claimed "Winners were chosen through a scoring system led by internet nominations, which came from your reader base!" - something that cannot be true otherwise we would have heard about it and seen it in our site statistics.

What a clever engineering attempt. I highly recommend that you make your own award, linking to a post that describes why you aren't displaying the suggested reward and display your version prominently.

Indeed, this will result in the entire affair being considerably more rewarding.

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