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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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What is meant by '550 Relay not Permitted' when it comes to emails? [migrated]

For the past few months, I have been emailing a company with no problems. They have been able to receive my emails and they have been responding. A few days ago, they dropped me an email where my ...
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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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DMARC reports state that SPF auth_results pass but that SPF policy_evaluated fails

My reports show policy_evaluated>spf>fail but the auth_results>spf>pass. The SPF & DKIM records, in this case, are exactly as prescribed by Mailchimp. Should I be concerned? Will it affect ...
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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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Spamassassin reporting FILL_THIS_FORM_LONG. What does it mean

I'm trying to create a new SMTP server. I've got all the DKIM, Dmarc and SPF stuff sorted. But when I'm testing on www.mail-tester.com, I keep getting marked down by Spamassassin on "...
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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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Offering opt-out for core business emails

I have a marketplace in Brazil that concentrates people that need all kinds of accounting services. When my system receives a lead, it sends that lead to the partners I have in that region, so that ...
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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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Duplicate Back links

I just noticed that my site PremierDisability.com is getting a massive amount of backlinks from two sites. One of them is only pointing to just one page over 400 times. Yellow Pages is pointing to my ...
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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 to identify the Bad Bots which sending Fake Traffic to Website? [duplicate]

Recently in my Website i have found that here continuously sending bad traffic through some bad bot(malicious program). That is why my CPU resources being high and server being down. So i want to know ...
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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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Sender score and side effects releated to mailinator.com or maildrop.cc or any other spam eater tool

I have looked around, however, I can't find accurate information if the Sender Score could be affected if I send hundreds of transactional emails daily to mailinator.com or maildrop.cc or any spam ...
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Address Bar and Google Search lead to different websites for the same URL

How is it possible that the same URL, when typed in the address bar, leads to a different website, when searched for in Google leads to a different one? Example: If you type in mdgpartners.com in ...
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How to block direct traffic spam in Google Analytics?

I am having a problem with my site where I am getting spam direct traffic. I get over 700 "visits" a day with 0% Bounce Rate, 2 pages "visited" (it is the same page listed twice) and every session ...
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What % can be regarded as “normal” “not viewed traffic” reported in AWStats?

Recently statistics for my site is about 50% "not viewed traffic". This seems much as many robots are blocked. What % of "not viewed traffic" can be regarded as "normal"? Is my site under attack when ...
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How to separate bot user registrations from real people?

I've been getting a disproportionately high number of subscribers to my WordPress site relative to the little traffic it receives. I suspect most of these subscribers are bots. Normally I delete any ...
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Why is a spam/hacked website appearing in the “Linked from” list for 404 Crawl Errors in Google Search Console?

A website I manage is listing numerous crawl errors in Google Search Console for URLs that don't exist on my site and never existed. eg Images/mage.asp?id=buy-my-dodgy-pharmaceuticals-12345.html When ...
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Using user email address as “From Name” and domain email as sender in contact forms?

We have a contact form with an email address field. Let's say user@yahoo.com will send an email using our contact form. When it's submitted this is what the headers would look like: From: "user@...
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Is “Mozilla/4.0 (compatible;)” a valid user-agent?

I've been getting an increasing number of requests (currently at around 100K per day) with user agent Mozilla/4.0 (compatible;). Usually, when I see a user-agent or requests that look suspicious I do ...
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Google searched links (to a site I administer) are redirecting users to fake websites

I'm quite stumped here as I am not an expert when it comes to scripts.. Some users, searching for a product which my website provides, get presented with genuine links such as "https://www.brewcraft....
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Problem with hreflang, canonical and spammy URL parameters (no return tags)

I'm facing problems of spammy parameters in Google Search Console. I have a multilingual page (for illustration purposes, let's say that the URL is https://www.example.com/page1.html). The page is ...
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Spam backlinks on sub-domain, does it affect main domain ranking

Last year my sub-domain website (blog.domain.com) was hacked and got lots of spam articles and bad backlinks to it. Within 1 month I deleted that sub-domain. But I had around 1500s of spam backlinks ...
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How do spambots find and submit to email opt-in the end of a funnel?

I have an opt-in page that's being nuked right now with spambots. A simple webpage that I use to allow subscribers into my email list. The only way to get to that page was through one of my tracking ...
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New Domain got marked as spam after 3 mailer in Gmail

We just started with our mailing activity, and for our warm up, we send the first mail to 1000 emails. On second day we took a big jump and went over to 5000, then 9000 and now at 12000. ...
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How to handle spammy registrations (mostly yandex) (tens in couple of days)

We have deployed beta version of our web page (Django) on Digital Ocean VPS. The problem is that week ago started fake registrations, there are mostly from Yandex and mail.ru - russian servers. We ...
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Why is DKIM signature invalid?

I've just set up a new website and had some email addresses set up alongside it. Ran them through mailtester.com and have a spam score of 0.8 /10. I use Wordpress and Cpanel for my website. Could ...
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Determine whether an email host gets rejected by hotmail?

Our current shared hosting can't be used any longer to send email to hotmail/live accounts - presumably due to other users spamming, though none of the IP addresses are on blacklists and SenderBase ...
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sending bulk email with different names in reply address and spam filtering [duplicate]

I have a web service where I send out bulk email on behalf of customers. The sending email address is the same for all customers, something like noreply@mycompany.com. When sending out the email on ...
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Outlook is blocking my mail bot

I've set up a basic website where people can also create an account. This feature is protected against spammers by using a reCAPTCHA and an email verification system, to send a verification link to ...
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Spam sites are using snippets of our content for the meta descriptions repeatedly for a whole host of sites

I work for a doctor who has several large information websites on health, diet, breast cancer and lung cancer, to name but a few. The problem is that almost every post on every site has had every ...
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Giving my personal info because of Anti-Spam

I have just signed up for MailChimp because I want to send emails to my subscribers from my website. There is an Anti-Spam law with these rules: You must include your contact information inside every ...
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What is happening with this backlink profile? Is it spam, malware or an intentional attack?

I recently took on a new website client. During my initial research, I ran their website through ahrefs. I discovered several dozen (maybe a little more) of spammy looking backlinks. Some dating back ...
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What can I do if someone else used my Google Analytics tracking code to spam me?

Today when I'm checking my Google Analytics report, I got the warning: Google Search Quality has detected that one or more sites associated with the property ****** likely has been compromised. ...
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How can I link prospect without coming across as slimy?

I've received what I believe is a spammy enough link prospecting email. (I have a relatively large site including numerous short works.) It left me with a couple of questions about how I should be ...
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Spam russian subdomain in my website

I just did a google search for my own site, using site:mysite.com, and I got some very weird results. There's this subdomain that doesn't seems to exist on my FTP, and it's filling 10 pages of google ...
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How to block Googlebot from accessing one specific page

I am getting spammed by this IP: 66.249.79.70, and this website is telling me that it is from Google: https://ipinfo.io/66.249.79.70 It is filling one of my input boxes and keeps posting. I want to ...