The danger of SEO Scrapers and Spam

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Internet related , Programming , SEO SPAM and SCAMS

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This is the latest SEO spam that’s been going around and is from Creigh <info@webseoplan.biz>

The email is as follows:

Hi,

My name is Creigh and I am an Online Strategist.

I’ve been tracking the success of your website while doing some research on your industry-I’m impressed with your company, but there are some real opportunities for growth that you currently are missing. Are you interested in several proven strategies to use content and social media to drive relevant traffic to your site? In 20 minutes I can show you how to fuel your brand and generate more revenue from search engines and social networks. This is a $500 value free of charge. I’d like to follow up about this with a quick phone call. Can I call you this week to discuss your campaign?

Thank you

Best regards,

Creigh

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seo-scrapperIf you own several websites you would have noticed this email several times! typical signs of spam including:

  • No official site behind the sender
  • No contact details
  • No official company
  • $500 for 20 minutes?

People such as “Creigh” only take advantage and benefit off the “vulnerable few” from millions of recipients daily, trust me they exist!

So how do these Spammers and Scammers do this? How do they get your email and manage to send so many emails to so many people?

The quick answer is WEB SCRAPERS Follow this link for more information >> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_scraping

Scrapers can collect user specified information within minutes by the millions! This includes emails, addresses names and so on. This information gets harvested into databases which can be reused over and over again, these databases grow infinitely. Once an email no longer exists, scrapers are intelligent enough to update the database and re-spam as required. Some scrapers don’t only scrape they ALSO POST.

The Posting feature works on the basis that the scrapper can find particular form attributes. For example I will tell my scraper to find a field called “name” and another field called “email” then I will tell the scraper to post “Rudy” in the field “name” and “wedoseo@yhp.co.nz” in the email field, then submitting the form by finding the “submit” button. Actually a very simply process for a great outcome!

Some scrapers can be purchased while others are custom developed in PHP or C++. These run like any conventional desktop software using CMD command prompt.

So how do you protect yourself from scrapers?

The quick answer is… what they “cant” see they cant use! The minutes of deleting add up, you don’t have to put up with all the spam, call us on 0800 WEB DESIGN and find out how.

If you want to learn how to build a home made scraper with no HTML knowledge, subscribe.

 

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