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Do Spammers Help To Bring Traffic To Your Site?


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#1 mamamia22

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 05:32 PM

Hi,
I have a question whether spammers who try to register generate any traffic or any attention to my site from search engines? I installed a great blocking mod so spammers are blocked by their IP/usernames/location so they do not bother me. But do I have any benefit from them accessing or trying to access my forum?

 



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Posted 21 October 2013 - 04:58 AM

But do I have any benefit from them accessing or trying to access my forum?

 

 

absolutely NONE WHATSOEVER



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Posted 21 October 2013 - 05:33 AM

Well, er, not exactly NONE WHATSOEVER

 

I have 2 active blog categories, one dedicated to spammers (I should call it "the gift that keeps on giving") and the other to scams. I don't post links to the spam crap that can be followed by clicking on an entry (which might benefit the spammer), but this stuff does bring me traffic and a few laughs.

 

However, in a normal situation, no, a whopping big NO.


Edited by bobmeetin, 21 October 2013 - 08:02 AM.


#4 Mikl

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 07:52 AM

Even if it did bring you traffic, what benefit would that bring about? Getting traffic for its own sake doesn't seem to be a particularly worthwhile goal.

 

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 10:14 AM

Yeah, Mikl is right -- unless you've found utility companies and landlords that will accept traffic reports in lieu of cash, general "website traffic" is not especially useful.

 

Now, if those spammers are actually buying stuff from you (in which case, frankly, I would question their classification as "spammers"), that's a whole different matter. But if all they're doing is sucking up bandwidth and mucking up your forum, then I'd say good riddance to bad rubbish.

 

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#6 mamamia22

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 10:40 AM

No, they do not buy anything, they just want to access the forum. Thanks for answering



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Posted 21 October 2013 - 01:09 PM

they just want to access the forum.

 

 

No they don't, they just want to post crap everywhere  that you have to then clean up.

 

I have almost 40,000 signup rejections logged for a forum that has absolutely no content and several hundred "I read your blog and want to share it ..." along with a bunch of links for everything from porn to "Marijuana by mail" comments on a Wordpress site that has ONE SINGLE  post that says, "This site is currently under maintenance".


Edited by chrishirst, 21 October 2013 - 01:12 PM.


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Posted 21 October 2013 - 03:18 PM

I agree, nope they don't.  Speaking as an EX black hatter myself...I'd advise you to make your hyperlinks NOFOLLOW, don't allow anyone to post without moderators vetting your posts first, make registration tricky (but not silly impossible), don't install your forum into a folder called forum (sorry HR) call it teamtalk or something and remove any "powered by" type of branding from the coding.  Spammer use bot software to register and post and they do it by looking for these tell signs.  Any weakness in your whole funnel between being able to register and post should be looked at.



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Posted 21 October 2013 - 06:55 PM

Google "comment spammers" to learn a little more about what this is about. They run around looking for any likely programs that might be susceptible to taking comments and hopefully, auto-posting those comments.  They will attack blogs, forums, contact forms, articles with feedback, k2 in joomla, anything that shows promise. They're interested in promoting their crap, don't leave any stones unturned. Maybe they can get a cheap link back to their pharmacy, porn, etc site. Maybe some just do it because they can.

 

In addition to what Graham said, some use programs that are built to get around front-end comment forms and post directly through processing scripts. That's why in some cases they seem to be successful in spite of captcha protection.


Edited by bobmeetin, 21 October 2013 - 07:26 PM.





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