Category: Website Scam

Unwanted Comments to Your Website

If you have a website then you will receive endless spam emails, even if the means of contact on your website is through a contact form.

There are strong contact forms that block the spammers making entries, but otherwise they do get through.

The stupidity and pointlessness of so many of these messages is amazing but it is so easy to buy access to millions of email contact forms on websites for next to nothing and flood them with messages, that half the morons in the world seem to spend their time doing this.

If you have WordPress then you probably use Akismet or similar to block direct spam messages, but here are some recent examples of such unwanted comments sent by means of the website contact form.

  1. Kristina says she is looking for a guy for a relationship. Probably a link to an adult site or a scam.
  2. Bobby says that his friends and he are surprised to have found the articles here so welcome and will tell everyone he knows to read our site. There are no articles – just a stupid message.
  3. Lots of messages that appear to be in Russian
  4. Lots of people advertising Cialis for sale
  5. Someone selling Gmail accounts in bulk (for scammers)
  6. A criminal selling pre existing Twitter accounts in bulk
  7. Viagra adverts from an online pharmacy
  8. Someone asking for our advice on how to create a successful WordPress site, as they have just created an online business. This is fake of course – just a scammer wanting to know contact details for website owners, so she can sell that information.
  9. Adverts for currency trading. All scammers.
  10. Attractive young women looking to make contact. Nope – probably some ugly Russian bloke pretending to be hundreds of women as part of a con.

Do not trust emails, contact messages etc – always check before replying to ensure it is honest.

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Has Your Website Been Copied

As many of us know, it can be quite a challenge to create a website with great content and attract the right users and customers.

Unfortunately, there are some people who want to take advantage of your hard work and simply copy it, although that is illegal of course as well as being immoral.

Some may copy some of your content or your design or even duplicate the entire web site.

In the case of small businesses, it can be easy for copycats to go unnoticed for months, or even years, until discovered, depending on your business type.

What Can You Do?

  1. Take Screenshots (the copycat may delete their web site at some point, and you need evidence of what they did.
  2. Take screenshots of your own work as proof in case you need to change anything.
  3. Complain to the web site’s owner and their hosting company if appropriate. It’s your choice whether or not to involve a solicitor at this point.

How to Check Domain Ownership

Website such as  www.whois.com/whois will show you the ownership details for any Internet domain name. However, when a domain name is registered the buyer can request an anonymous entry and the details are then kept secret by the registrar which is usually the company that hosts the website.

How to Find Copycat Web Sites

Google Alerts – This lets you monitor content around search queries you enter. If is there is a search that should lead only to your web site then you can be alerted if the result changes.

Copyscape – This lets you search for duplicate content on a specified URL. It’s free for single page checks but you have to pay for multiple checks.

There are other services on the Internet that can help you finding copycats, but often the copycats are professional criminals and they know how to make money from copying a web site then moving on quickly to the next one.

If you have any experiences with this issue of websites being copied,  do let me know, by email.

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Stupidest Spam of the Week Website Comments

Anyone with a web site will be used to receiving spam emails and also spam comments.

On WordPress, plugins such as Akismet do a good job at blocking most spam comments but some get through such as this one.

“My brother and I are lucky to have stumbled across the web page, it is absolutely specialized stuff my friend and I am constantly dreaming for. The information here on the website is truely needed and will help my family and friends twice a week or more. Appears as if everybody here learned tons ofunbelieveable of mastery pertaining to the things I am continually searching and other pages and info like wise shows it. I’m not usually on the web during the week but when my friends get a chance I am usually hoping for this type of knowledge or things similarly having to do with it. “

You can see that it’s all generic – designed to match as many web sites as possible, whereas genuine comments on a website are always specific as no-one takes the time to make a comment then essentially writes empty general purpose words.

The bad grammar and spelling is just an oddity.   Everyone has access to a spell checker so why leave in the mistakes?  The sentences do not make much sense – they appear to have been created by software.

Scammers buy software that takes one document and rearranges it into dozens of versions with the content sorted randomly. This is to try to fool the search engines into thinking it is genuine content rather than simply repeated stuff.

If you get comments on your web site or read comments on other websites – do apply simple logic and realise that often these things are written by software and many are just utter rubbish.

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How to Buy Fake Website Traffic

Website owners are always keen to know how much “traffic” their site gets i.e. how many people visit the site, which pages they read etc. Then it’s all about getting more traffic.

We all know that some of the traffic on the Internet is fake, but most website owners hope it is a small percentage of the real traffic.  However, some companies in the field of advertising believe that up to 50% of traffic achieved through advertising could be fake.

In this context ‘fake’ means it’s not a person looking at your website – it’s another  computer.

This is the reason why so many websites these days insist you answer a Capcha query (click I’m not a robot) to prove you are a human being.

Suppose you have a new website and you believe the content is worth sharing. You want to get a lot of people to view your website. How do you go about this?

The starting point is to tell everyone you know, use social media to advertise your website content, tell anyone in the industry that you know and ask everyone to spread the word about your website.

Then, if you need more traffic i.e. people looking at your website – you might consider advertising on Google, Facebook, Twitter or other online services. This is good quality traffic (i.e. real people viewing your adverts) but it does cost.

If you can’t get (or afford) the traffic you want then you may look at the cheaper traffic providers.

How Do Cheap Suppliers Get Traffic?

There are lots of ways including:-

  • clickbait
  • spam messages
  • posting fake comments on popular blogs or forums
  • fake adverts
  • advert marketplaces
  • fake search engine optimisation
  • traffic exchanges
  • push advertising to mobile phone users

Clickbait is such a source that is increasingly used on popular news aggregator and entertainment  websites.  You will see mini ads with labels such as “10 things you didn’t know about Scarlett Johannsen” or “See what happened to these child stars”. Some of these are genuine but often when someone clicks on the ad they don’t get what they expected but are directed to a website where the owner has paid to get more people viewing their site.

Clickbait is annoying and time-wasting but harmless. More of a problem are “bots”. These are pieces of software that mimic people in viewing websites and clicking on links.

Using these techniques, your website may get lots of traffic, but it could be largely other computers and is very unlikely to be people wanting to do business with you.  This is largely a waste of your money.

If you don’t go down the route of buying cheap traffic then you shouldn’t normally have to worry about fake traffic.

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