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Report Website Spam

Report Website Spam

Those of you who own a blog or forum in some form will really know what spam is. Websites like these suffer from daily deluges of comment spam…comments that are placed for one reason only, and that is ‘link dropping’. Individuals (bot mostly spam bots) will post completely unrelated comments with links to their own websites. What these morons don’t know is that links from unrelated pages don’t hold much weight in search engine algorithms anymore. It’s about quality not quantity.

The real problem is that some of these comments tend to be criminal in nature. The adult industry is one thing, but when you start to get comments with links pointing to websites containing rape videos, etc, that’s when you need to take action. If enough of us report these sites, we will make life that much more difficult for them, and that makes me happy!

The first thing you need to do is start logging IP addresses, many blogs such as WordPress will have this feature built in for you, but if your blog or forum doesn’t, chances are that there will be a plugin that you can download to do it for you.

The next thing you need to know, is where to report these links…

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8 Responses to Report Website Spam

  1. Hi.. cool blog.. I was wondering if you would consider allowing me to add your blog feed to my news section on my webmaster website (ozonew4m.com). I realise that not all of your posts are strictly webmaster related but ive written a script to only show posts containing certain keywords so theres no need to worry. Anyway, like i said.. cool blog.. some interesting stuff.. thanks

  2. admin says:

    Absolutely, go right ahead, and so polite of you to ask!

  3. Jayx says:

    Thank you for posting this. I use Dr Dave’s Spam Karma for the purpose of blocking comment spam and I must say it’s a winner.

    I was not aware of the addresses for reporting illegal content, thanks – I’ll be bookmarking those promptly.

    Last note: I really like this initiative. It re-affirms my trust in the selflessness of most web developers. Your site has been a major source of traffic to my own website as well.

    Keep up the great work 🙂

  4. Keith says:

    A website has been put up that is a total defimation of character, malicous and totally untrue. I would like to find out who is hosting the site and who has publised the site so that I can proceed and take legal actions to remove the site. Who do I contact to do this?

  5. admin says:

    keith, if it is a .co.za site then use:
    http://whois.co.za/

    If it is a .com site then use:
    http://domains.whois.com/

  6. InspiroHost says:

    Hi! Thanks for your very informative blog. Indeed these days tons of spammers and autobots are just waiting for a new site to place their trashy links.

    It’s great to know that there is an existing site that we can report our problems. I suggest that anyone who’s into wordpress should activate Akismet to be able to withhold comments that are possibly just spams.

  7. Mark H says:

    Hi, Thanks for providing this information. I have a question concerning comments that show the url it’s coming from google.com.

    What is up with that? It’s been happening all day today on my website, and of course, I don’t trust them, they’re short one-liners, almost always have misspellings, etc.. Thanks, Mark

    • admin says:

      Hi Mark, I’ve seen plenty of those types of posts myself, and I think they are probably just trying to get a few comments approved before they start spamming. A lot of wordpress users set their blogs to automatically approve posts by individuals that have had a few previously approved posts.

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