A plethora of web scams abound. Among those facing webmasters/ web owners are domain name scams and search engine optimization scams.
Domain Name Scams:
Another deceptive practice in my eyes is to try to sell you a domain name you have never owned and do not want. See below for beginning of an e-mail I received trying to sell me a domain name I have never owned and do not want.
Domain Buying Scams
Many SEO scams abound as well.
Be extremely wary if contacted by a SEO company. No company can
guarantee you first position or first page placement. Some word
their contracts where they guarantee first position placement but if you
read the fine print no where does it say they guarantee first page
placement for specific keyword phrases you are seeking.
This week I was contacted by a SEO company wanting to optimize my site. When I looked at their web they had no pagerank, no backlinks. If they have not managed to get themselves ranked why would I want them to optimize my site.
One scam is to sell you a link from a site that does not have the pagerank it purports to have. By all means do your research and use this checker or another similar one to check before buying such a link. I do not favor buying links anyway but if you do purchase you want to get that for which you pay.
Back to top.
I just received a letter from LISTINGCORP.COM showing a domain name,
reference number, and notice date . This appears to be a bill for
a service I did not order and do not want. It attempts to get
recipient to remit $50 to
Be careful when you search for a domain name. If you search with the wrong registrar, and decide to look for other domains or think it over, you may go back a short time later and find domain has been snapped up by the registrar. Read more about the add/drop scheme.
Webmaster beware if you have a guestbook, forum, or blog. Serf by spammers abound. Much of the software used for guestbooks, forums, and blogs was not written with safeguards built in to easily protect your site from such spamming. Once a spammer starts using your guestbook/forum/blog they tend to come back and spam repeatedly.
I just found the following referrer in my log http://www.mydomain.com/bb/profile.php?mode=register&agreed=true. I am not running a bulletin board. It appears that a spammer was attempting to register and spam my non-existant bulletin board. Were I to run one I would immediately change my folder name from bb to something else. It could still be found but these automatic probs might move on rather to go to the trouble to find.
The big three
Google, Yahoo, and MSN are fighting back with this type of spamming by
introducing the rel="nofollow" attribute for links. The code is <a href="http://www.whateverdomain.com" rel="nofollow">.
This in itself is opening up a can of worms in regard to link exchanges.
Watch your link partners for its use.
Be advised if you implement a forum or guestbook it will involve a significant investment in time to monitor it for spam.
The latest spamming siege is referrer stat spamming. Spammers spam your site to show up in your stats in hopes you will click on their links or give them a link if you publish your referrer list. Due to proxy servers blocking the IPs of the offenders is weak at best. A better way if running Apache is to redo .htaccesss. Some methods are discussed on DigitalPoint Forum, and on this blog. At them moment I am using an approach involving a combination of the ideas expressed on these sites. Remember when ordering your Rewrite rules put your more restrictive rules first.
Porn and casino sites are among the biggest spammers but my latest spammers mostly have the give away info extension and are using page name like sitemap8.html. Be on the lookout for such spammers.
You may also want to view *http://cavlec.yarinareth.net/archives/2005/01/11/killing-referrer-spam*, I had this on linked but site seems to have blocked my URL or IP. At the moment do not remember what the reference had to add.
When monitoring, always monitor Internet infringement using copyscape.com. One of my sites has this page http://home.sprynet.com/~smyrl/cost.htm that has had content scraped. Today, June 9, 2005, if you go to www.copyscape.com and put in the URL for the page given you will find a site that has copied text directly from my site. View content from the two sites. As first line of defense of my content I have written both the offending site and ISP involved.
To back up your claim be sure to make use of waybackmachine which can be
used to show which site has older version of content. In my case
domain name for offending site was not registered until Oct. of 2004.