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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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Commission Junction links are registering tons of (probably false) clicks

I have a sidebar of commission junction ads, and they are plain text links (a-tags) with rel="nofollow" attributes in them I'm getting hundreds of "clicks" per day in my daily stats on CJ's dashboard....
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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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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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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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Sending a corporate spammer email to other email spammers, spam lead lists, and spam portals?

Pardon this edgy question, but I'm sick of getting constant emails from these seo startups, marketing companies, and leads generation services. They literally never leave me alone. I would like to ...
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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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Spamdexing with reviews? How to stop Google from looking at my reviews?

I recently did a move to a propagate a set of reviews across the entire site (Planting the set of reviews under every product page so that people can see the reviews no matter what product they were ...
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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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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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Gmail sees all of our emails as spam after site has been hacked

My site was hacked and it was used to send bulk mail. We cleaned it, changed to basic HTML. Moved to another IP, made requests for de-listing. We don't see it anywhere on blacklists anymore. SPF is ...
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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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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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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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why does google request apple-app-site-association from every domain on the server?

I received the following in my log: [Mon Oct 05 11:04:35 2015] [error] [client 66.249.75.xxx] File does not exist: /path/to/user/public_html/apple-app-site-association xxx in the log is a number ...
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Gmail flags email as spam if it contains link to my website

If anywhere within body of the email I place link to my website in format <a href="http://mywebsite.com">more info here</a> , it gets flagged as spam I tested many different combinations ...
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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 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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How to apply filters for more than one domain (Google Analytics)

I have about 20 filters for my website to avoid referal spam such as site8.free-floating-buttons.com. I have more than one website though. Do I really have to create all these filters for every ...
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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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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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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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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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Apparent Bot Impressions in Webmaster Tools

I've been watching some strange stats in Google Webmaster Tools for a particular page on our site, which has been getting some periods of very high impressions but little or no clicks, and then just ...
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Fake Bounce Spam Emails in Gmail - Are These Really That Fake?

Are spam messages labeled by Gmail as "Fake Bounce Emails" really that fake in all cases? Is there a way they could actually be legit? We run a server with multiple domains which have all the classic ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Spamhaus is blocking my url for no reason

I own a small business that sells window decal stickers online. I changed hosting providers of my website to a new host because the old host was having some issues. The day I changed over, I ...
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Is this really GoogleBot, or is this a spammer?

I found this IP in my access log posting repeatedly thousands of times. Is this really GoogleBot, or is it a spammer? I hesitate to block it. 185.62.188.98 - - [13/May/2015:18:54:33 -0400] "POST /...
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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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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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How to get whitelisted in microsoft's email network?

I have been trying for the last couple of weeks to get whitelisted in the Microsoft's email network. I can send emails from my site to gmail and yahoo with no problem. They are delivered to the right ...
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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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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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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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Random (but coherent) text posted from random IP addresses - what kind of attack is that?

My website has a nice by-design anti spam protection. Originaly it was a mistake. What I did is, that every AJAX-submitted <form> has method="get" but AJAX actually uses POST. Thanks to this, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Website hacked and redirected with 1700 spam backlinks [duplicate]

Ok, so here is the deal. I have a client that got a website with me. But before he did one day he was hacked and his website had about 120 links and in the middle of december his site all the sudden ...
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Problems with bad mail reputation [duplicate]

I have recently started with a small company that is having pretty bad problems with mail ending up in peoples junk folders. They used to send large bursts of newsletters from the one address every ...
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What is the purpose of spam registration bots?

I have been intrigued by this for a while, and haven't been able to find a solution elsewhere, so I was wondering if anyone here knew the answer: Since I have set up my personal website, I have ...