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Should I block spamming ips or redirect them to a fake site?

I am using a list of known spammer ips to block spammers from my site. This method completely blocks a visitor from the listed ip from my website. What they "see" is a 403 forbidden error. Now, what ...
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Does being blacklisted by Spam Cannibal effects SEO

I have checked old post regarding being blocked by email spam agents and it states that SEO shouldn't be effected. https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/webmasters/msag60JAWBc I am ...
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Remove spam referals from Google Analytics organic traffic report [duplicate]

I've got some referral spam showing up in my Google Analytics organic traffic. Usually I just ignore it but because it's showing up in my organic traffic and it's pushing up my bounce rate as the ...
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Malicious links to our site on Google's SERP redirecting to shady pages

Our website is being attacked in a curious way: on the Search Results Page, Google is showing links that look as if they were to pages on our site but they direct to some shady viagra-selling sites. ...
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Youtube tags that describe the videos description in a short video with a long description?

I have a short video on Youtube, with a long description thats like a story about the video. I want to put in a couple of dozen tags that describe/categorise the text in the description. This is not ...
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CAN-SPAM and transactional emails without legitimate physical address (for foreign webmaster)

Situation I am a very small time web developer working on a personal web project. This website will be sending only two types of emails, a email validation email and a forgot password email. I do ...
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Office 365 email whitelist

It appears as though our server has been blocked from sending emails to email accounts that use office365's MTAs. We run campaigns that send 100's of emails out in a go (to subscribed users), this ...
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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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Bandwidth saturation due to Googlebot search for spam pages

I recently had to update the hosting plan of a WordPress site I run due to bandwidth excess, which was already quite high. I've installed a security plugin that keeps log of 404 errors. From here I ...
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Someone is spamming links to my site by 301 redirecting his domain to mine what should I do?

I have already disvowed the domain. Still he is creating more than 100k links daily. How should I report this to Google?
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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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Does it really help against spam to replace the “@” with “(at)” and similar practices?

When e-mail addresses are mentioned on the web, I see a lot of: send (dot) me (at) spam (dot) com send . me (a) spam . com etc. Does it really help againt spambots finding the addresses to do these ...
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Why does blocking IP addresses from China and Ukraine to fight spam also block some legitimate European visitors?

I'm getting hammered by spam requests. I allow guest comments that require pending and got over 20,000 of them in a very short space of time. 99% are from Ukraine or China. To bypass this I have used ...
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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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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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Comment spammer IP list?

Is there a public list anywhere on the web of IP addresses that have been identified as comment spammers?
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What is infecting these networks between 10/25/15 and 11/1/15?

Just noticed a fancy new graphical threat dashboard in the Google malware scan systems. There seems to be a cleanup then subsequent spike in infected sites across various [less-than-high-quality] ...
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Spam Traffic, large page view increase but normal amount of visitors - doesn't appear to be referral spam

For the last two days I have been getting above average traffic on my website. Most of these visitors have an average duration of under 15 seconds. While there are not that many more visitors than ...
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Is it a good practice to block spam bots by IP ranges?

I'm getting too many hits on my website from Yandex. It doesn't obey robots.txt and by some way it can bypass .htaccess rules. So I'm thinking to block all Yandex IP ranges in my system firewall. Is ...
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Send out newsletter to 60.000 people where mail addresses can be wrong already

I hope webmasters is the right place to ask this kind of question. I have a website with about 60.000 people signed up. This site wasn't quite active in the last couple of years. That's why I ...
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Google displaying wrong site title and snippet [duplicate]

I am having an issue where a website that displays the incorrect site title and snippet in Google Search. From the content it is clear that some spammer has infected the site, but I cannot figure out ...
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Trailing slashes, duplicate content and spam?

so a website has the homepage URL with a trailing slash and without, both indexed by Google. e.g. domain.com and domain.com/ The site owner runs into the duplicate content issue. It is easier for ...
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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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Identifying the file sending out spam email

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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How can I block bots from creating MediaWiki accounts and articles? [duplicate]

I created a new MediaWiki website, Speedypedia. It's currently in alpha in two languages - English and Hebrew. I also submitted my website to MediaWiki's directory of websites using MediaWiki, but ...
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My website was spammed and my ranking dropped by half [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to recover my inclusion in google results after being penalized for receiving comment spam? I put an update of my site live and I forgot to enable to comment approval ...
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Help to remove spam links leading to 404 page

One day my site was hacked. Someone inserted spam pages to my site. I resolved the issue, cleaned database, protected login area etc. But these links are still present in all search engines including ...
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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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How to get less visits to my website?

I've read that a huge percentage of traffic comes from bots - legit bots like search engine spiders and illegitimate bots like spammers and ones looking for vulnerabilities. I'm about to launch my ...
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How can I scan a HTML website for malicious links/scripts?

I designed a website using a free HTML templates. Up until now I used to trust the free templates I found online... Recently, one of these websites has received a lot of visits from Russia in a way ...
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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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spam referers bypass htaccess rules [duplicate]

Here is a sample code I'm using in .htaccess to block spam referers: RewriteEngine On RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^http://.*buttons-for-your-website\.com/ [NC,OR] RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^http://....
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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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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 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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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 _gaq=_gaq||[];_gaq.push(['_setAccount','UA-...
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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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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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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. https://sitecheck.sucuri....
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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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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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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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Anywhere to get a list of referrer spammers?

I do my own log processing using my own self-written analyzer. That means I have to deal with the continual nuisance of referrer spammers. Is there anywhere I can get an up-to-date list of referrer ...
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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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