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So you spammed your site with blog comments and you need to remove them?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by wannabie, May 27, 2012.

  1. wannabie

    wannabie Elite Member

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    Sometimes I have to do the clean up for a site owner who thought it would be a great idea to spam his/her website with blog comment spam, its one of the(if not the) hardest things to get removed and 80% of the time it falls on deaf ears (site owners get bored)

    What I have done with half decent rewards is by scraping the sites to find a contact email and send them this;

    Code:
    Hi
    
    I have noticed that your site contains many spam blog comment links and I feel this is a great shame due to your website [U]insert site here[/U] having some great content.
    
    Having a website like yours  linking to Viagra, drugs and other rubbish websites will cause your website to lose valuable search engine positions, your visitors will not trust your site. I personally feel that you deserve to rank really well in Google so I want to give you a couple of tips.............Free and I won't contact you after this single email!
    
    You have thousands of spammy links, did you know that you can remove them in a single hit?
    As you're using wordpress you can easily use this plugin called "No external links" as it will remove the links but keep the comment so you win by having user generated content without linking to spammy websites
    
    The plugin is here [URL]http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-noexternallinks/[/URL]
    
    You can installed it directly from your admin panel by searching for "wp-noexternallinks" from your plugin area
    
    As said, out of 100 sites Ill normally get about 20% of them send a thank you and they have all used the plugin!

    Its normally enough to get Google to at least see you're trying to get rid of the shite links and so far I've seen some good results

    I haven't bothered with any of the other blog CMS systems as I find the websites are pretty much dead in the water


    Tip; DO NOT EMAIL THEM FROM A DOMAIN THAT YOU HAVE SPAMMED WITH
     
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  2. Neo240

    Neo240 Power Member

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    Talk about Out of the box black hatting lol. Really good thinking. +rep and thanks given.
     
  3. wannabie

    wannabie Elite Member

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    I would only do that if its a proper site thats worth some money, otherwise I wouldn't waste my time outsourcing it
     
  4. trioreal

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    Thanks for the share. Personally I'd keep it shorter...

    Something like:

    Hey there,

    I have noticed that there are lots of spam links going out of your blog. Do you plan to do something about it?

    Best regards,
    Name


    And then if they say "Oh really?" or "Yes, but I didn't have the time".
    Then follow up with the instructions...

    Takes 2 emails instead of only 1, but results are better, as far as I experienced.
     
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  5. Neo240

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    Trust me this would really make scrapebox comments go live lol. Haha.
     
  6. wannabie

    wannabie Elite Member

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    Show your version? I'm always happy to expand on ideas, that's how great ideas come along
     
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    Something like:

    Hey there,

    I have noticed that there are lots of spam links going out of your blog. Do you plan to do something about it?

    Best regards,
    Name


    And then if they say "Oh really?" or "Yes, but I didn't have the time".
    Then follow up with the instructions...

    Takes 2 emails instead of only 1, but results are better, as far as I experienced.
     
  8. trioreal

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    Good input.

    You could use Scrapebox to post that to each blog's about page. Chances are little that webmasters read that though. But maybe some do that wouldn't read the email.

    Something else that came to mind: As most of the people are registering domains with NetSol, eNom or GoDaddy, you could also just send them a list of all the affected domains with a spam complaint. Then they will contact domain owners. This might be a bit to harsh, but might work, if you write the complaint right. In the end they didn't do anything wrong, just haven't their blogs in order.

    Just brainstorming. :)
     
  9. wannabie

    wannabie Elite Member

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    Interesting, its not how I would do it if I have a list of 200 sites I need to contact so I prefer the 1 email and forget about it, I want a link removal not a chat. I guess I always go by the stray dog theory, give them a meal once and they keep coming back but how many removals do you get out of say 100?
     
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    Good luck with your efforts. I refuse to be Google's bitch. I have sites ranked #1 on yahoo and bing and not even in top 50 on Google. Their loss. I'll make new sites and keep moving forward rather then getting consumed with trying to please the Google bitch that changes her nagging mind every frickin week. Do this, don't do that, now do that - they can do this - kiss my ass.

    I see this link removal drama as moving backwards instead of forward. If they told you exactly what links are the problem then I'd say try to fix it. My sites have over 100,000 links and I'm not about to try and guess what Google sees as the problem. Other search engines love my sites so screw Google. Move forward with new sites and try to play the NEW Google game until they change the rules again.
     
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    The other site that send what 20% of your traffic compared to Google, if you lose (like a client has) £70k a month then removing a few dodgy links really is not an issue

    Like it or not, Google is the big boy in search, just because you say you're going to use other search engines it doesn't mean your visitors will
     
  12. trioreal

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    To best honest I tested this building links and not getting links removed. But results are similar I guess. It takes a bit more time to connect first and to place a demand later. Most of the people just want the reader to do something, all these daily canned spam emails we get, which go over several paragraphs; most of the people just trash long emails like that where its obvious that "someones tries convince of something" type of emails. So I try to stick to "giving value", initiating attention and rapport, in the first email without asking them to do anything. Sticking to one simple sentence.

    Thanks for your template, I'll try it for sure.
     
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    Erm. OK? Explain this one?

    So you reckon a site owner would put a comment/link up to damage your site? And how would that work?
     
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    Reminds me of some stuff from Cashvertising. Create fear (you'll get devalued), present an easy solution (delete them all or use this plugin), and get them to take action. Good stuff.
     
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    Have you ever tried to follow this up with an offer of SEO work? Sort of an Out-of-the-box marketing technique for your SEO services?

    Something like:

    "Hey,

    Glad to hear that it helped. Looks like these comments really devalued your site, if you look at the attached chart, you can see that you Search Engine rankings have indeed taken a hit over the past [x] months.

    It seems like you probably should invest in Search Engine Optimisation or something in order to reclaim your digital footprint?

    Regards,
    xxx"

    They follow-up with an email and if they are keen, then you respond by "I can refer you to someone I know in the field, they are really professional and did our website"

    Email them again from a different account with your sales pitch saying you heard from xxx about the website and can offer x y and z.

    ????

    Profit.
     
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    You've got the evil side of my brain working with this - and thats not what you're trying to do so I'll keep it to myself.
     
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    Can't help you in this regard.
     
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    The search engine I use makes no difference. The difference will be when Google realizes people are moving more to Bing and Yahoo searches because the results they're looking for ARE on those engines.

    You can invest serious time and money into playing Google's game without any assurance of success. Or you can invest serious time and money into building a new website with an almost 100% chance of success. I would suggest the latter and if I had a customer that received one of these letters and penalties I'd suggest we work a bit on restoring the old site while focusing mostly on a new site. Let them know today there's a difference in websites for other search engines and a website for Google plus many benefits for having multiple websites. That would be better use of a client's SEO money IMO. There is a slim chance you'll find favor in Google's eyes and get the dodgy links removed and get the site back to what it was.

    JMHO, and good luck courting Google. I found dating her and buying her flowers a waste of time myself. When you replace her with another bitch she steps back in line. Just my experience and already reports saying sites that weren't touched are coming back. Let the bitch sit in the mess she made. I'll have websites rank #1 on Google, Bing and Yahoo but they won't be the same site.
     
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    Nah I don't really do Seo for online people
     
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    Good to see your post count going up