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

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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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Do Spammers share a database? [on hold]

I manage a web platform. I set up there an awesome anti-spam module written in ruby called Negative Captcha which basically adds invisible fields for robots to fill. We are live since last May, and ...
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Piwik visitor log spam

I use Piwik to track people visiting my website. Unfortunately a lot of the visitors that appear in the visitor log are not real people but spam bots. Normally, these bots use a provider from a ...
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I keep getting blacklisted.

I have just purchased a VPS with Centos 6 and I have installed ZPanel on it. I have created a mailbox and everything seemed to work perfectly for a few days however, suddenly my mail stopped working. ...
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Emails from a previously blacklisted URL keep getting bounced even after site has been cleared

Our clients site got infected and was blacklisted. We spent weeks fixing and clearing up the site and got it completely removed from all lists. The site is now squeaky clean as of a few weeks ago but ...
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Error Log shows nosy visitors trying to access various admin pages

After experiencing a very high amount of hits on my 404 page, I've started monitoring my website's Error Log. There I've found that through-out the day, there are several attempts at accessing admin ...
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So I just got a Pottery Barn email that required I call the store to be removed [closed]

About a year ago, I bought a Pottery Barn Kids gift for my nephew's baby shower and last night, I got a marketing email in my box. I hadn't seen this technique before. As far as I know, it doesn't ...
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Use of list-unsubscribe to improve inbox delivery

To overcome email being classified as spam by Gmail, Google recommends a number of steps, which we have implemented (namely SPF, DKIM, and Precedence: bulk). One additional measure they recommend at ...
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Sending low volumes of HTML email from my web app [closed]

Using AngularJS and Firebase I am developing a small scale social-type web app (max. hundreds of users) that features an invite system, where existing users invite people they know and the system ...
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How to get ip-address out of SPAMHAUS blacklist?

I frequently read that it is possible to remove individual ip-addresses from SPAMHAUS blacklisting. OK. Here is 91.205.43.252 (91.205.43.251 - 91.205.43.253) used by back3.stopspamers.com ...
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what should I do if I cannot find a person who asks to unsubscribe in my mailing list?

One of our customers asks us to send out marketing mail. We manage their subscriber list in Microsoft Dynamics CRM and use a remote desktop tool to send the mails through their network via the ...
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I've noticed a bizarre (malicious?) behavior in my website logs

My website logs spit out "invalid content" messages -- they typically occur when someone types in a wrong hyperlink or a page has mistakenly changed URLs. Lately (about 20 times per day) I've been ...
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Possible automated Bing Ads fraud?

I run a website that generates life insurance leads. The site is very simple a) there is a form for capturing the user's details, life insurance requirements etc b) A quote comparison feature We ...
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Google Analytics - Identifying Bots

I've noticed over the last few days a massive increase in visitors, The thing is that it seems like a bot: Mozilla compatible user agent average 0 minutes 100% bounces Is there a way to find out ...
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Issue with Godaddy DNS manager

I'm using domains.live.com to setup an email to a domain registered on Godaddy. The domains.live.com configuration page says: Godaddy's DNS manager isn't accepting this string Value: v=spf1 ...
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Domain blocked in spamhaus

I registered a domain with bigrock.in a week ago. During my website's development phase, I sent several mails using PHPMailer to test Gmail accounts. The HTML message body contained a link to my ...
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My website's email is being marked as spam, how do I analyse a X-CNFS-Analysis email header?

My website is sending out email that RackSpace email is marking as spam. I'm trying to figure out why the email is being marked as spam and what I can do about it. The most interesting header that ...
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How to block a spam bot .htaccess proper formatting?

I have downloaded my access log file from my cPanel and found I have a bot I would like to stop. In the access log, there User-Agent string reads the following; 88.80.205.219 - - ...
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Spam problem through cPanel

On a new website, I publicly display an email address, contact@domain.com. Then I set up an email forwarder in my hostmonster cPanel, so that if the public email address ever became spam ridden then ...
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Gif image in newsletter and the risk of spam

I am wondering if you find it risky to use a moving gif image in a newsletter. We have a mail list about 700k of people and the percentage of Outlook is still high. In a test we did the newsletter ...
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How can I prevent my mail from being classified as spam?

My company sometimes send mail, but it usually goes to "spam" folder in gmail. The email includes only a few sentences, without any links or images. Just plain text. How can I fix this? (Notice that I ...
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Website hacked and suspended for spam, effect on SEO

I had my website on first 5 positions on google for 3 main keywords. Because of some poorly written forms my website was suspended by my host because of SPAM for 3 days. Now the position of my ...
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Do spam bots load the DOM?

I have an issue where a form on my site is getting spammed. The form is actually a copy paste job from a CRM, so I cannot access any of the server side script to make a good human checker. In the ...
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Chinese bots in my forum

I have a small community forum that doesn't really get posts or any real traffic. The only thing that happens on the regular is bots with Chinese IPs signing up gibberish usernames. Most bots don't ...
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How spam comment affect my blog and website rank?

I have already read many articles on how I can detect spam comments and prevent spamming. But still I'm not satisfying with it, I just want to know how a spam comment can affect my blog and website ...
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Reduce likelihood of Mailchimp email campaign going to Spam

The company I work for sends a marketing email at least one time per week using Mailchimp's email service. All of our subscribers are opt-in active customers and our emails are not spammy. There is ...
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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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Same or different domain for system emails and company emails?

We have a website (Drupal) that provides daily email alerts to about 350 members who have opted in to receive these. In the past we have had small issues with some of our daily alerts being flagged as ...
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How to avoid getting spam through a website?

We seem to be getting A LOT of email spam, we have a combination of the email addresses as mailto links and contact forms that send to the same address. What measures can we put in place that will ...
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Email sent via Google via relayhost being marked as spam [closed]

Company email hosted by Google Apps. Company PBX in-house is Elastix. All voicemails received on the extensions of Elastix are supposed to be emailed by the CentOS server (Postfix) to the email ...
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Should we date our e-mail addresses

I have a website I'm administering for a volunteer organization that has a big staff turn over (annually - the team working in 2014 is almost completely different from the team for 2013 as the team ...
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Do most spam-watch programs actually check domain names or URLs?

On the not-too serious Sites (check-sites), I use Shared Hosting and thus, shared IP address, so am wondering if a smart move even then is to pay for a private IP # ? It seems on most checks, there ...
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.pw domain name risks

I am considering using a set of .pw domain names to provide CNAME access to content stored on a CDN. I have come across recent articles about how the .pw domain has become associated with spam. ...
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Robots signing up on website

A couple of days ago, some robots started to sign up on the website (about 30 in a couple of days), they don't do anything on the website (as I'm guessing they don't find what they're looking for). ...
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Visitors are getting phishing warnings and my emails are being delivered to spam/junk boxes [duplicate]

I run a forum and I have had reports of some members receiving phishing warnings when they attempt to register, and emails being sent out (e.g. to confirm accounts) are being delivered to junkboxes. ...
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How not to get blacklisted using BCC

We have a legitimate need to send out emails to groups of our users (it's system info, not marketing email), and we want to just add the list of people to the BCC field rather than the TO field. ...
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Mass Deletion of Spam Revisions in Mediawiki

Basically my 'private' mediawiki instance was about as secure as a toddlers piggybank. I've tightened it up now, but am left with about a hundred or so new pages and revisions generated by hundreds of ...
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Spam being sent from my domain

I have a suspicion that somebody is sending spam from my domain. Today I received an email from postmaster(AT)halliburton.com to htuwxjw(AT)example.com which said: The following email was blocked ...
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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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My email based support form on my shared host is being blocked by Gmail

On my site (developed with ASP.NET, if that matters) I have a support form, which is nothing more than three fields (i.e., name, email, and message) plus a Send button. The form code generates ...
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Safe way to send thousands of promotional emails

My new partner has an email list with over 1 Million email addresses for targeted traffic (no spam... only genuine subscribers from his last startup ) But now I have a problem.. how can I sent an ...
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Why do people (or bots) spam a site with comments when its obvious that they end up being blocked? [closed]

Whenever I visit the Admin page of my WordPress site, I always find about 1000 new spam messages waiting there for me. The question is what is the motivation for people (or bots) to spam a site with ...
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An Email About Company “Brand Registration Confirmation”, SPAM?

One of my clients has the domain EXAMPLE.com for his company, today I received an email about someone trying to register EXAMPLE brand for From: * [mailto:*@-.org.cn] Sent: Friday, January 17, ...
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Using Information from Log File to Combat Spam

I'm dealing with a site (not Wordpress, nor any other CMS) that was previously hacked and at that time I had found a php file in the images directory that was being used to generate spam from the ...
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How can I get Google to read my site's reconsideration request?

I have a site that's got two manual penalties in Google Webmaster Tools: one for "pure spam" and one for "user-generated spam" (no link penalties currently - this is just for on-site stuff). Pure ...
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How can I find a list of backlinks by date for a domain?

I have successfully switched my Site A over to Site B (a legacy domain i purchased). I recently have uncovered some shady link building practices in the Site B link profile. I am trying to find all ...
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Strange series of page visits to my web site

In my web log I see 5 hits (to the same web page) all about the same time but from different parts of the world: 180.247.114.192 /RelFinder?personId=17586 - From: null 2014-01-10 00:26:40.0 ...
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How can I obtain past webmaster tools warnings/manual actions on a site with a previous site owner?

I have purchased a legacy domain which was hit by Panda/Penguin in 2011/2012 for paid link networks. When I redirected my old site to the new domain I purchased, organic traffic and rankings ...
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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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Major spam issue… CAPTCHAs and email verification aren't working [duplicate]

We have a user who claims to have a vendetta against our community. We run a fairly large social networking website, and for the past four or five weeks, this particular person (or maybe people?) has ...