Questions tagged [spam]

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

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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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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 ...
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How do email spam filters tell if a spam email was maliciously sent with intent to shutdown a real email address?

So for example, let's say we have a legitimate user from "user@legitimate.com" who sends real emails. However, there is a malicious individual who is using their own server or some other email service ...
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Fake organic traffic from baidu to one particular page

Recently I started to have spikes in organic traffic coming from baidu to one particular page of my site. First of all, my site has a Chinese version and I do need visitors from China. So I don't ...
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How to stop other domains to 301 redirect to my website domain?

I found that someone is 301 redirecting his website domain to my website domain. fakedomain.com -> 301 redirects -> correctdomain.com Using the contact information found by whois query, I already ...
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Valid Hostnames Set, Languages Set, but Still see Blackhatworld Ghost spam in Google Analytics

I am not sure why this is happening. Afaik, I've properly set my valid hostnames and languages to remove ghost spam and those fake languages. However, this one sucker of a bot continues to show up: ...
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Impact of using free domain extension for personal email (spam-wise)

Certain TLDs/extensions are allowed to be registered for free. Examples include: .tk and .ml Say for example, I register somedomain.tk as my personal domain for email only. I use Google Apps (for ...
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New Website, Digital Ocean spam traffic very high on Google Analytics

I am hosting my website on a Digital Ocean droplet. It's very new and I'm not expecting any activity yet. However looking at the Analytics I started to notice a high daily increase from a particular ...
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Where do various RBLs like Spamhaus or SORBS collect data from?

We send legitimate e-mails to our opted-in customers in bulk. Recently we started having issues with our IP reputation, which we are working on to improve. We are digging into the issue to find the ...
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Google notified me that I have a sudden spike in 404's, but they are pages that don't exist

I'm pretty puzzled by this, so any direction would be helpful. The only thing hosted on this server is basically two word press instances with my personal site and another. Everything's been great, ...
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http://showmyip.pw/badwebsite/example.com URL in Stats

I've been seeing http://showmyip.pw/badwebsite/ with my valid URL's on the end of it (happening on all my sites) http://showmyip.pw/badwebsite/example.com Does anyone know what this is about? A ...
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Google Analytics — character limit on Filter Pattern field

It took me a while but I finally found out how to use filters to block spam from my analytics. I currently have the following filter pattern applied to 'campaign source' semalt\.com|buttons-for-...
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Did Google remove ghost referral spam from analytics in February and March 2016 such that it would look like traffic to my site declined?

There was quite a sudden turn around in traffic (which had been rising) on one of the sites I manage. This started around February/March 2016. I searched to see if it was something others experienced ...
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Why do we get bot registrations with fake data on a site where you can't post content?

I run an ecommerce site where users need to sign up in order to make bookings for our transportation services. From time to time, we receive lots of obviously fake user submissions: they all use "...
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Excluding Google Analytics spam by referral [duplicate]

I've been reading up on how to filter out spam from Google Analytics. In this case, I'm trying to filter out the spam that shows up under referrals. In the Filter Pattern field of Analytics, I have ...
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Email messages sent from AWS EC2 are getting marked as spam

I have setup my website on AWS which is built in yii2 PHP. Now here I am using default PHP mail which I purchased from GoDaddy. And I have pointed the domain name to AWS using my elastic IP using an ...
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Is my host at fault from spam and phishing emails sent to users at my domain that appear to come FROM a fake address at my domain?

I am taking care of a website like example.com. The company is using the email on the same domain (as you'd expect), like user@example.com. Unfortunately, someone has created an address like person@...
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Using the same word in multiple links to other pages — avoid looking spammy while getting the benefit of linking using that keyword

We have top level categories on our site that have a bunch of child categories within them. So for example we have a category called "Aquarium Supplies" with like 50 categories within it (i.e. ...
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Stopping chat spam from multiple accounts

Okay there is a chat system on my website that is always getting spammed by one person on multiple different accounts. I would prefer not to make chatting only to made accounts as to help new people ...
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Googlebot spamming?

We run a sailing website and offer measurement forms for sails and what not -- recently we've been getting hit with hundreds of form submissions with random letters and names in the blanks and it's ...
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Blocked by Disqus from posting on my own site

The other day I was responded to around 20-30 comments in quick succession with similar replies to followers and fans of my work. I wasn't spamming, I was simply getting back to lots of people who had ...
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Fixing my mail servers outgoing IP being on spam blacklists

According to MXToolBox.com, my GoDaddy's outgoing mail server IP address is on a couple blacklists for spam and I'm not spamming anyone. Since I'm on a shared IP address with other sites, I'm sure one ...
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Block rank-checker.online

This is really messing with my Analytics. I've previously blocked Semalt with the following code in my .htaccess SetEnvIfNoCase Via evil-spam-proxy spammer=yes SetEnvIfNoCase Referer evil-spam-domain....
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Multiple URL referral spam list

As a company, we're running a homepage with a set of landing pages (10+ of them) and it's becoming quite tedious to keep updating a spam referral list on every one of them individually. Is it ...
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How do I make my spam site rank well and not get penalized?

This question may sound really stupid, but it's actually legit. As the web has gotten more spam-proof over the years (CAPTCHAs, spam filters, search engine algorithms, etc.), there's not much room ...
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My info@ email address keeps sending SPAM mails

Since somewhere in april my info@ email address is being used to send SPAM emails. I first noticed it when I received a 'Mail Delivery System' email with the message that an email couldn't be sent ...
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MX type and SMTP, They're different with each other

Suppose I have example0.com as my SMTP server and example1.com as MX. As you see, They're different with each other. Scenario: If I send an email , and suppose receiver has an Anit spam such as ...
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Where are these spammy posts generated from?

While doing a a random Google search, I realized that my WordPress blog is populated with several spammy posts. Ex: (intentionally delinked) http://example.com/2016/02/06/free-download-wallpaper-...
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Is it also not good for seo to start and end with same word in all pages

I searched but did not find any good exact information so I am questioning here to get information from experienced persons. Is it normal for search engines that every page-title of website pages ...
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What to do against <1s Visitors?

It all started early this year. Day-to-Day my Google Analytics of a swiss-website (german language) showed me more and more visitors — mainly from the US and France. First, of-course, I was really ...
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E-mail failure notice greylisted by CYREN

I am having some problems with e-mail and I hope somebody could explain me on which side is the problem. Last 14 days I received 2 rejected messages. I am not sure if the problem is on my hosting side ...
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Should I nofollow banners that leads to internal pages?

I know there is no use to nofollow links that leads to other internal pages, but my banners appears on every page of my site, and they're both linking to two articles in the same site. Should I ...
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How can I send emails linking to an anonymous website without them being classified as spam?

I’ve been trying to set up an anonymous website so I can blog my thoughts on some controversial topics without them being traced back to me. I found a post on here that perfectly fit my situation: How ...
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Someone setup a clone of our company website - why? [duplicate]

We recently discovered a clone of our website and I've found several mentions of other people having had the same problem here, here, and here. We're taking the necessary steps to have the site taken ...

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