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Article url linked via 100s of comment spam - Delete the article or not?

I just noticed that someone has generated hundreds of links to one of our articles through comment spam. I wanted to know if it would be a good idea to delete this article and repost it, thereby ...
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How many areas is reasonable for areaServed schema?

I'm adding some schema to my site and was wondering about the areaServed property. Is this used for SEO in any way? If it is, is it good or bad to cram as much into it as possible? i.e. if I simply ...
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Backlink extortion scam - what to make of it?

I received an email through a clients web form, and - while I have no intention of complying, I am not sure what to make of it. Does anyone have any insights into this kind of spam? I'm curious ...
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How do I know if a site linking to me is spam that needs to be disavowed?

Today i see my google webmaster dashboard links and Top linking sites. A site with an address : example.com linked my 50 pages. I tried to use a spam checker website to see if this domain is ...
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Site gets spammed through internal search

I used to use only search console and Google analytics for website data. But recently I decided to try out Bing webmaster tools when I heard about Microsoft Clarity. In the Site explorer, I noticed ...
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Anti-spam question and google recaptcha added for html contact form but still getting spam messages, how to completely stop?

We implemented the below anti-spam question code into our html contact form. Also google recaptcha is active on the form. But still getting spam of dating and automated other spam messages. Here is ...
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Constant Low Value Fake Orders From a Bot/Malware Script

As if Black Friday was not stressful enough. Since this morning there have been constant order attempts, some successful, for low value items (£4.95). They try over and over... and over again. This is ...
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Find external site which sends 404 URL to my website

For almost an year I have been getting users to a particular page which does not exist in my website. This page for sure is not an internal link and my website runs on WordPress. My site is almost ...
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site: search on Google was showing results from another site, they were removed, but now reappeared in Google Search Console

I'm facing an odd situation, I've added site as property to google search console in this april, around last week i checked that search query, site:my-site.com was showing links for pages which I have ...
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How to avoid e-mail spoofing

My website e-mail is getting 'spoofed' and I would like to put things in place to avoid that happening. As some background, I have a shared hosting account with a dozed domains added to my hosting ...
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Difficult problem with emails I send going to recipients' spam after domain+hosting change

I have been having an issue with emails I send for work (all to external domains) being entirely blocked or going to spam, for many different recipients at various companies, ever since I switched my ...
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Should I report to Google a page with high Page Authority, but is also spam?

I have an interesting situation. My website is indexed properly and well by Google, but I also see a lot of spam sites just copying my content or linking to my website, while I have never asked for ...
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Emails from my domain goest to spam - Split IP and suspicious server name

I have an issue with my VPS and Mails on OVH. I ordered a VPS and domain name for it. In Cpanel, I created a new user, added my domain name and some emails account. Website works fine and the same ...
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Foreign domain points to server and sends spam

I do have a really weird one. I am running a webhosting server that is being blocked by certain providers that use Cloudmark. I contacted the customer support and they got back with an email header ...
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My e-mails are blacklisted. Is it my fault or other people on same server?

I was using https://www.mail-tester.com to check if my email address was on any spam lists. It came back with 3 positive results (against 25 of the most common). Does this mean that people marked my ...
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Suspicious newsletter subscriptions

Since the last few days I have been receiving more newsletter subscriptions than usual. The emails and frequency look suspicious. Like every hour or two. I tested one of the emails with cleantalk and ...
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My site has been attacked by fake visitors

My Website is phonel.ir. My site has been attacked by fake visitors (IP Spam) Look at the picture below: But Google's click reports are correct: Are these attacks harmful to my site? Can my site be ...
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Impersonation in web contact forms [closed]

Many websites have contact us form usually requiring sender's name and email address. Now assume someone uses the contact form but fills in an email address (a valid address) which does not belong to ...
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How long would it take to have a domain unbanned from Facebook?

A week ago two of my posts which link to my website were mark as spam, and after I appealed they were recovered in a day. After that I posted another link, and then all of my posts were retracted. All ...
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Should I buy domain privacy now that GDPR is in

I used to get scammers ringing my phone because I didn't buy domain privacy. Being in the EU, Do I still need to buy this service if I dont want scammers and spam ringing my phone by looking up whois? ...
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How do i allow MediaWiki spamming & vandalism

After stopping spam & vandalism on my Mediawiki website how do I allow spam and vandalism on my MediaWiki website?
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Spam boot activities on form inputs [closed]

Spam boot activities on form inputs. Please this question is not on how to protect sites against spam boots via google recaptcha, captchas, maths questions etc. Am wrting to know how spambots ...
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All checks pass - Mail still goes into spam [duplicate]

I got a self-hosted mail server using nethserver. No matter what I do, the mail I send still goes into the unwanted mail on Gmail and Office365. It's exclusively personal mail. My IP nor my Domain ...
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How to get into the “non spam” territory as a new website/server?

Well we are just in the process of releasing a website live, first for a select few testers and soon (plan is around summer) for everyone. Now everything is working, and I just started the last ...
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My site is falsely classified as malicious by Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection

My website is getting flagged by Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection. This is what a user sent me: When I scan the website with Sucuri it seems like everything is clean. Screenshot below. If this ...
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Can a website harm the SEO of another? [duplicate]

Sounds strange because and indeed it is. I came here to ask for this because I am lost for words, in a negative way. The company I work for, created a new brand name. Let's call the company Foo and ...
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Spammy mirror sites [duplicate]

I have a (growing) problem with many of my sites. Someone, is creating mirrors of my sites (don't know if he does it only with my sites or others too) and replaces text with spam keywords. My SERPS ...
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email marked as spam even with DKIM, SPF and DMARC headers

I've configured a Postfix+Dovecot email server. I took care of SPF, DKIM, DMARC and added appropriate headers to the message. I haven't used the machine for 2 years, so it can't be blacklisted from ...
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Can I block Tor users from sending spam on my form?

Can I use .htaccess to kill any message coming from a Tor IP, or should I make a script on my mailer? I've got $IP = $_SERVER['REMOTE_HOST'] ?: gethostbyaddr($_SERVER['REMOTE_ADDR']); and I checked ...
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htaccess 410 url spam hack requests excluding site generated request

Our site was hacked and links to random content where added to the site. We completely removed the hacked site and put a new one in its place. Everything new including images and content, no other ...
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How to show 410 Gone status for subdomains that are already been deleted

I bought an auctioned domain to build my new project, from my analysis with Ahrefs, people that were behind this domain had a subdomain called "forum" for their forum, and somehow they didn't know how ...
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Spam emails from my domain

Do spam spoof emails pretending to be sent from your domain which SoftFail SPF verification hurt your domain's reputation with spam filters?
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Will using a mailto link on your web site still get that address spammed in 2018? [duplicate]

It seems that having a clickable mailto link is a good UX, especially for mobile users. But from what I understand, mailto links open up an email to spam more easily due to spam bots. At least, that's ...
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Is it spam when sending business advertisement through contact form

I have a question because I like to do things legitimately and dont want any issues down the road, Is it spam when sending business advertisement through contact form. It is in regards to sending ...
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Effect of email address on spam filters

I am setting up a newsletter mailing list for a company and an interesting question came up, Does the email address that we send our newsletter from have an effect on whether we get filtered out ...
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Registering domain name, but there were old sites

I am going to buy a domain name to build a WordPress related business. When I search my desire domain name I found that it is available. But when checking the domain name in the Wayback Machine, I ...
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Negative Canonical Attacks, do they work? how to recover? how to prevent?

Backstory... Today I received an email from the Google Search Console reporting a huge increase of 404 pages on my site. Upon investigating I found hundreds of sites linking to my pages that simply ...
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GDPR - 3rd party compliant contact form

My website features trips and tours from various travel operators. The customer, my website visitor, is able to access the tour operator's profile page and contact them directly with any questions or ...
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How to use htacess to Stop Spam hits originating from specific domains? [closed]

I am getting loads of spam/junk hits on my sites, they result in thousands of hits per day which is crippling my server resulting very poor performance on adsense revenue. Although I am blocking them ...
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Could a previous owner's email spam prevent a new great site on that domain from ranking now?

As far as I can tell there is no real connection between email spam and SEO, but I have a hard time explaining any other way. Site: local marketing agency with major clients, good profile and decent ...
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Should I be returning a 301 or 403 to a bad referrer in my .htaccess?

Getting several amounts of bad requests from a particular URL such as site.foo and I would like to redirect all these requests to a dedicated page. The .htaccess code I've researched and implementing ...
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How can I allow sysops and specific users to hide spam articles in MediaWiki?

My website is powered by MediaWiki Version 1.29.1. Sometimes the Recent Changes results page becomes cluttered with spam articles that I wish to hide from the results page. How can I allow specific ...
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How to get my site spammed? [closed]

I know this might be an unusual question as most people will usually want the opposite as what I’m asking for, but I want to run an experiment and I would like to get my own site spammed. Spam ...
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SPF and DKIM vs email forwarding addresses: how to avoid being rejected as spam? [closed]

Situation: I am sending emails from me@mydomain.com to alice@example.org. My DNS for mydomain.com is correctly configured with an SPF record. The recipient at example.org is able to receive my emails ...
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Newsletter opens dropped by half [duplicate]

Two weeks ago (11/30/17) our email opens dropped by about 40%. We are an extremely small, niche, nonprofit religious site. Our newsletters titles have not changed and are not particular spammy ("...
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Lead Generation Forms & Privacy Policy

I have a lead form in my website (A website about High-End Fashion) in which visitors can contact a sales representative about product A. There is no opt-in checkbox, just a couple of text fields (...
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Avoid email address being black listed when contacting writers

I want to email people who wrote articles which are related to my software. Not articles about my software, just articles that make me think that the author might want to write an article about my ...
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How do you deal with mass spam on MediaWiki?

What would be the best way to find a users IP address on MediaWiki if all the connections were proxied through squid proxy server and you have access to all user rights? I am a steward on a ...
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Spam blacklisting monitoring [closed]

I own a store and have a bunch of affiliates who promote it, for an affiliate fee. Lately I encountered situations where affiliates spam via email, getting my store domain name blacklisted, usually ...
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Google Analytics listing hundreds of pages that are not from my site

lately i'm getting very strange pageviews in my GA report. On the tracked domain i have only 4 pages active. Instead of getting the report only for those pages i see 481 pages viewed on the tracked ...

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