Unwanted activity/content that is usually of a promotional nature.

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How to deal with overly aggressive “Link Take Down Demands”?

I've been receiving a large number of emails recently requesting I clean from link spam from my forum. Initially the emails were very polite and professional, and I was happy to remove the links. ...
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Google Analytics showing hundreds of sessions for inactive site [duplicate]

I had a website running for 6 months last year on my in-house server, and running Google Analytics to monitor usage. I shut this site down in December to do a rebuild, the IIS server was shut down ...
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Identifying file sending out spam emal

I'm trying to identify the cause of spam emails being spent out from one of my clients wordpress websites. while I can identify the folder i can't identify the file. I've added the following to the ...
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Block social-buttons.com / simple-share-buttons.com Referral Spam

How to remove social-buttons.com / simple-share-buttons.com this type of lots of Referral Spam link they increase 100% bounce rate How to remove this type of referral spam link in via .htaccess or ...
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How to fight off referrer spammers?

Last months I have lots of referrer spammers in my GA statistics. Their count is ~10x higher than count of legit visitors (my site is not very popular yet). I've turned on an option to hide known ...
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Google Analytics referrerless ghost direct traffic

This week Google Analytics' accuracy has taken a nose dive from its already very low starting point with dozens of alleged single hit sessions per day on the home pages of most of my sites with the ...
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Is the traffic I'm getting Legit? [closed]

I'm working on a QA site. It haven't even been a week since I deployed it on the web. I'm getting a lot of questions. Most of them are off topic and seems to be spam. I tried googling the internet for ...
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How do I secure my site against human spam farm attacks?

I have a Q&A site that has recently been attacked by what I strongly believe to be a human spam farm, as described in these articles: Spammers Pay Others to Answer Security Tests Are You Human? ...
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Emails from a VPS server usually go to spam folder? [duplicate]

I found that the emails sent from my VPS server usually go to the spam folder in popular email providers such as hotmail or gmail. Is it because the VPS IP has been marked as a spam server? (Other ...
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Negative SEO impact of offering free stuff on website?

If I'm not mistaken, emails offering free stuff are more likely to be considered spam by spam removal software. Is there a similar problem with offering free stuff on a website? Of course, if someone ...
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Cleaning up web results after SEO spam attack

A while ago my Wordpress-based personal site was hacked with SEO spam. I've since cleaned it up (removed and reinstalled wordpress, manually checked through all files, manually checked database ...
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Spamhaus is blocking my url for no reason

I own a small business that sells window decal stickers online. I changed hosting providers of my website to a new host because the old host was having some issues. The day I changed over, I ...
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Is this really GoogleBot, or is this a spammer?

I found this IP in my access log posting repeatedly thousands of times. Is this really GoogleBot, or is it a spammer? I hesitate to block it. 185.62.188.98 - - [13/May/2015:18:54:33 -0400] "POST ...
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What is forum20.smailik.org referral traffic?

In my Google Analytics real-time I now see a lot of visitors with referrer forum20.smailik.org This link redirects to http://www.aliexpress.com/ What does this traffic mean? (And should I block it?)
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How does Google prevent GA accounts from being spammed [closed]

Since the Google Analytics snippet is available in the source code of the page (e.g. below is stackexchange's) <script type="text/javascript">var ...
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I'm getting weird traffic from flipboard.com - is it referral spam?

Here's the screenshot: I have looked through several "referral spam" websites lists, but I didn't find flipboard.com on any of them. But from the stats (visit time, bounce rate), I'd say this is a ...
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Is there a way to get rid of Google Analytics event tracking spam?

I'm using event-tracking via the GA-collector (https://ssl.google-analytics.com/collect) to see the usage of an API. When checking the event-category in GA the first line is always to use this ...
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How to get whitelisted in microsoft's email network?

I have been trying for the last couple of weeks to get whitelisted in the Microsoft's email network. I can send emails from my site to gmail and yahoo with no problem. They are delivered to the right ...
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Why is my new domain email triggering spam filters? [migrated]

I recently purchased and set up a new domain to send emails with Google Apps but noticed many of my emails are going to spam. I ran it through the isnotspam.com spam report and got this report. This ...
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Scraped content from my website posted on Blogspot is outranking my site and causing Google penalty

I noticed that starting from October the organic traffic is very low on my website. I searched on Google for some text phrases from my website and I noticed that there is a Blogspot website, a blog ...
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MediaWiki spam, deleting last days

2 days ago I did the mistake of updating my MediaWiki site, without transfering my old user management plugin. My site was shut down from my host for mail spam and there are now over 14 million new ...
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Fake Landing Pages [duplicate]

For the past three days, when I go into my Google Analytics, I see a landing page that doesn't actually exist on my site. From the sound of it, it sounds like it would be porn. I've gone into ...
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Identical spam coming from many different (but similar) IP addresses

A forum I run has been the victim of spam user accounts recently - several accounts that have been registered and the profile fill with advertising/links. All of this is for the same company, or group ...
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Google Webmaster Data-Highlighter shows adult links in site. None found in source code

Google Webmaster Data-Highlighter shows that adult links in site but on checking the source code in browser links are not shown. Even the sucuri is showing site is clean. ...
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Google ate all my bandwidth [closed]

Alright, I am new here and need some good help. I am running an e commerce build on magento called zumastic.com. The issue, I am facing is that google is eating a huge amount of my bandwidth. Last ...
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How to prevent redirect from spam website to mine? [duplicate]

A strange thing has happened.. A spam website when opened is now redirecting to my website. It's only 1 spam website which does this. This was found in a fluke, there's no evidence in the logs at my ...
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Random (but coherent) text posted from random IP addresses - what kind of attack is that?

My website has a nice by-design anti spam protection. Originaly it was a mistake. What I did is, that every AJAX-submitted <form> has method="get" but AJAX actually uses POST. Thanks to this, ...
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Why does it seem my GA include-only-hostname filter is filtering out hits from Twitter?

I took the advice from this article to eliminate referral spam from my Google Analytics report by filtering out all hits that didn't use my hostname. There is only one other filter on that view, one ...
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How can someone use my server to send email to an address on the server?

This is weird. Today, I received an email from a server I manage. In other words, the email ends in the same domain name that is run on the server. After checking the email headers, the composer ...
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Should SpamAssassin tests/rules differ between implementations?

Disclaimer — I have no experience installing or maintaining servers of any sort. I'm asking here as my webhost isn't giving straight answers and am hoping to find some clarity. I'm having an issue ...
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SEO hurt by unrelated links? Long term linking, spammy terms

I have a couple of questions regarding SEO ranking as it pertains to spam sites linking to my site. I have a niche website that allows people to create their own web pages for free. A couple of years ...
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Is there a way to get legitimate but spammy words past filters?

I have a client who needs to send out email to large lists of opted-in subscribers. Some of the email content contains words that would ordinarily trigger content-blocking filters and firewalls. ...
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Use email via Google Apps to avoid shared hosting issues with blacklisted IP

I currently use a hosting package that is used both for the website and emails. Since it is a shared hosting the IP is sometimes blacklisted so our emails are considered SPAM and are bounced back. I ...
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How to prevent redirect from spam website to my website? [closed]

A strange thing has happened.. A spam website when opened is now redirecting to my website. It's only 1 spam website which does this. It's like IAmSpam.com url redirecting to my website ...
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Need Help to stop Spam (Cake Php, external hosted website) [duplicate]

My company's website is currently getting spammed (1 email per second). The website itself is made using cakePHP and hosted externally. I am only able to access the cPanel through a website. I'm not ...
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how to stop getting hits from comment spam

I have been hosting a photoblog using pixelpost, but have realised it was a haven for comments spam. I've since migrated the site to tumblr. The original site was an add-on domain to my hosting plan ...
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wwwstumbleupon.com referring domain in web stats

I've noticed in my own stats, as well as searching on other sites, a fair amount of traffic that comes from urls that look like this: http://wwwstumbleupon.com/refer.php?url=http://[mydomain]/[myurl] ...
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How can I prevent spam on sites which I control?

This is a general, community wiki question to address all non-specific spam prevention questions. If your question was closed as a duplicate of this question and you feel that the information ...
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Website hacked and redirected with 1700 spam backlinks [duplicate]

Ok, so here is the deal. I have a client that got a website with me. But before he did one day he was hacked and his website had about 120 links and in the middle of december his site all the sudden ...
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Problems with bad mail reputation [duplicate]

I have recently started with a small company that is having pretty bad problems with mail ending up in peoples junk folders. They used to send large bursts of newsletters from the one address every ...
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What is the purpose of spam registration bots?

I have been intrigued by this for a while, and haven't been able to find a solution elsewhere, so I was wondering if anyone here knew the answer: Since I have set up my personal website, I have ...
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Why is spam added to the Bing cache of my landing page?

Please search on Bing "url:testrails.org" and open the cached page. Bing shows random other pages below the content of my own landing page. This is so weird! This is what I found out so far: I have ...
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Do spammers or spambots clicking AdWords ads?

One of my sites has a very high bounce rate from Google AdWords, especially over the last couple of days. Of course, it could just be that people are not finding the site relevant. But I'm wondering ...
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Getting spam sent through website, but visitor not logged

I'm getting spam messages send through my contact form on my website but the visitor is not logged at all in Piwik. Does this mean that they disabled Java? Would they purposely go through that effort ...
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How do spambots work?

I have a forum that's getting hit a lot by forum spambots, and of course the best way to defeat something is to know thy enemy. I'll worry about defeating those spambots later, but right now I'd like ...
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How to send mass email and not get treated as spam

I have a very important announcement to send the more than 300k members of my website. I already have email sending software but they result in spam. So I want to improve my chances of reaching my ...
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Removing Spam Links from Google Index

Last week a site I help administer was compromised. A confluence of events (move to new hosting, brand new web application released, etc.) makes it difficult to track down why it happened, but ...
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Is it okay to block all user agents that start with “PHP/5.”?

I'm getting a lot of spambots from China (and elsewhere, likely botnets) accessing my blog which have a user agent string starting with PHP/5.. These include such nonsense values as PHP/5.3.70 and ...
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Securing a server against DDoS like spam runs

Periodically my server gets hammered so hard by automated comment spam runs against my blogs that the server goes down and I have to annoy my provider to get a power cycle if I don't see it happening ...
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Gmail is blocking my emails sent to them

I believe I got blocked for sending too many emails to one address by gmail. I have an application I made and I had email notifications on. It was sending a lot of notifications recently. I have since ...