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How do spammers harvest their email lists?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by xeanon, Oct 4, 2013.

  1. xeanon

    xeanon Newbie

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    How do spammers harvest their email lists?
    Do they use something like scrapebox and search Google for "gmail + keyword" for example. Or do they have spiders that crawl the web...?

    I would like to do a little experiment to see what kind of email obfuscation works - but I don't know if they go to each and every website on the internet (as long at it has a link to it) or maybe just use google and add some keywords (I would have to actually build some proper backlinks to rank and not to be banned from G)

    From my initial test hiding your email with "at"+ "do t" does not work anymore...

    I would like to do it on the bigger scale - I built a small website with a list of various obfuscated addresses + built a few links. So far (4 weeks) no spambot showed...
    But maybe I should just focus of creating comments (and putting text there) on a pages that are already indexed?...

    Funny thing is, when you want to avoid spam you are swimming in junk mail but when you actually want to get it - your inbox is annoyingly empty :rolleyes:
     
  2. royserpa

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    One method is scrapebox, another is just using SEs to find them. It's really easy :)
     
  3. xeanon

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    Yeah, after reading the forum I see it's the most popular method - I always assumed they have some kind of spiders like google (so that even emails on a page with one backlink will be harvested eventually)
    That sucks (for me) since I will have to build more backlinks - who would have thought that getting spam is such a hard work LOL
     
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    Professional spammers also create most of their own software in-house. There was a Wired feature about the world's largest spammer, he had like an army of Perl programmers ready to write any bot for any email spam application.
     
  5. royserpa

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    Of course there are also spiders :D
    Scraping emails is just one of the many methods to getting targetted emails
     
  6. BlackHatHustla

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    Yeah they use spiders. There are a number of sofwares out there for scraping emails.
     
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    A lot of people use scrapers, but another way is to buy them or set up lead sites that capture emails. It all depends on your creativity and ability I guess.
     
  8. ShivJaiswaL

    ShivJaiswaL Newbie

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    Hi, there are also some paid tool to harvest email Ids like email tracker. These tools are capable to track and extract email IDs targeting specific keyword from search engine.