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Postby Anonymous on Wed Apr 18, 2007 7:57 am

I'm new. I have joined http://www.apartment167.com today. I am an independent. I feel those that follow there party groups like a college kid following their favorite ball club are silly, pathetic, and should be sent to reeducation work camps.

With that said how are we today?
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Postby ThePumaman on Wed Apr 18, 2007 9:31 am

Butchering English grammar, apparently! :evil:

I feel those that follow their party groups...


There, now I feel better.
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Postby Michi on Wed Apr 18, 2007 9:32 am

I like how you're more concerned with this post's grammar, baby, than the fact that there are spam links littered throughout the text. :p
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Postby ThePumaman on Wed Apr 18, 2007 9:38 am

Oh wow, I didn't even notice.


What's the purpose of having a link if the user doesn't even know to click on it?
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Postby Michi on Wed Apr 18, 2007 10:47 am

It may have something to do with needing to reach a quota of posted ad links or something, so they just do it in any way possible...? That and they're trying really hard to blend in and make it not look like they're posting ads, I think. It worked on you!

...I dunno!
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Postby Overload on Wed Apr 18, 2007 12:32 pm

Forum spam is never to get the readers to click on the links. It's all about Google Pagerank.

Basically, when you search for something on Google, the results are based on the number of links from different sites that point to the site surrounded by the words you searched for. There are other factors of course, but this is one of the biggest ones. So the whole reason forum bots exist is to get thousands and thousands of links to their site from all sorts of different sites. This is very hard for Google to protect against.

So the objective is usually to make you think that the post is not spam so that the administrator will not delete it. It's also the reason that we have a responsibility as webmasters to try to keep spam off of our webpages: It damages the entire Internet when left unchecked. Unfortunately there are so many abandoned forums out there that this is still a very effective way for spammers to cheat on their Pagerank. There is a LOT of money to be made in this: Imagine how much business the site listed top for a "viagra" search gets.

Check out how many registered users there are here. About 20-50 sign up daily, and they have links in their profiles - it accomplishes the same thing and is much less noticeable. I clean them out about once per month, but Google is probably indexing them before I delete them. :( Cailin actually turned off registration completely on TCCO because it was bugging her so much.

Google bomb.
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Postby ThePumaman on Wed Apr 18, 2007 1:01 pm

Wow, I didn't know. That's quite informative! There doesn't really seem to be a solid way to protect against that either, short of having an interview process for each new potential account.

Seriously, I feel enlightened.
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Postby PercyKittenz on Wed Apr 18, 2007 2:35 pm

Google constantly refines their algorithm to prevent false search results from campaigns like Googlebombing. This method should no longer work, according to a Google engineer I heard interviewed, so all the effort of these spammers is for nothing anyway. This is why methods like adding a bunch of keywords at the bottom of the page in invisible text doesn't work anymore, either, and will now usually get you blacklisted from Google for trying it.
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