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Chances of getting sued for heavy spamming of websites?

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by timmylang, May 12, 2012.

  1. timmylang

    timmylang Junior Member

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    Hey guys...

    I was just wondering, what are the odds of someone getting sued for spamming their affiliate link on a website (lets say, top 2,000 alexa, not 2 or 3 like facebook and youtube, where its millions of others doing it)

    You always want to be as careful as possible, so I was just wondering you guys thoughts. Are the odds are:

    1) the site change their algorithms and put in better spam control / policies

    2) the site finds your affiliate ID... tracks down the affiliate company... Gets my personal information... And eventually open a lawsuit.


    Just wondering you guys thoughts on this. I just like to be 100% bulletproof when doing things.. But seems there is no fool proof way to completely hide your affiliate ID if it shows up on the end of the URL you're sending ppl too.


    Am I in a fantasy world about the lawsuits? or, whats your opinion?
     
  2. emailbuyer4good

    emailbuyer4good Regular Member

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    How many accounts are we talking here? Or how much spamming? What you consider "heavy" may be ver "light" to some people on BHW :D
     
  3. mazgalici

    mazgalici Supreme Member

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    never heard of any case of that. In the worst case the creators of the spam programs are getting sued
     
  4. krayzietalent

    krayzietalent Junior Member

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    Use a site redirect where your site redirects to your link, you'll want to encrypt the link, you can use php for this, and continue about your business. It's not really that big a concern though.
     
  5. Danny1111

    Danny1111 Elite Member

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    Use a company for everything .. If you did for some reason get sued .. File bankruptcy .. Close company and open a new one ... Problem solved.
     
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    wowhaxor Elite Member

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    I would say it is more likely they would send you a C&D long before they sue and you'd then stop but this is even very rare for most spammers. Even more likely, as you noted, they'd locate your aff ID and report you to your network who would ban you.

    We all spam though, you'll be alright just cover your tracks so you don't lose your aff account. Sometimes the really big companies go after the really big spammers, but generally we are talking about the developers of widely used spam apps or people who are doing huge damage ($XXX,XXX - $X,XXX,XXX).
     
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    Unless you are doing some extremely massive spamming I don't think you don't have to worry much about it. Imagine they would prosecute every guy that spams their site. The amount of money they would have to spend on legal teams would be immense compared to the reward of such actions, if any at all.
     
  8. ButterfieldRachall

    ButterfieldRachall Newbie

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    seems like you are new to this thing, wel this is good enough to ask someone before you start a journey! if you are really a newbie, you should work with some experienced guy first then move on for more ..
     
  9. Checkmate

    Checkmate Elite Member

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    There is no answer to this.

    It's up to that website.. do they want to scare you off with a C&D? do they want to make a example out of you and sue you?

    No one knows but them.
     
  10. timmylang

    timmylang Junior Member

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    First I'd just like to say, thanks to everyone for replying.

    And as to your statement just cover your tracks so I dont get aff ID banned... I've covered every possible track, bullet proof :)

    only possible thing is, the affiliate ID, showing in address bar... and I dont think there is any 100% way around that.. Just have to roll the dice I suppose
     
  11. emailbuyer4good

    emailbuyer4good Regular Member

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    Find a BlackHat accepting network, you will not get banned as they allow that stuff.
     
  12. n2zen

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    Honest officer, I don't know who is posting those links...

    Use the Penguin defense - it's going to be a classic for many different uses ;)

    Seriously though, do they have this posted in their T&C that you cannot do what you've been doing? Depending on what, how, where this is happening, the legality can be sketchy for either side, and most site owners don't want to pay for an expensive legal battle they may lose.

    Expect a C&D and being reported to the affiliate network. If you're in the business of blackhat, you can't lose a little sleep over a bit of link spamming...