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    SitePoint Enthusiast EveryoneCollects's Avatar
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    What effect do the spammers have on adsense users and the like? I mean, if someone continually spams the guestbooks of a site using adsense, with tens of links to sex sites, casinos, and more hardcore sex sites... is google likely to pull the plug and remove their advertising? This has just happened to me and I'm counting my self lucky that Google weren't aware.. I reckon they'd have freaked if they'd seen some of the stuff that was hiding in the 'now removed' guestbooks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Grossman View Post
    Actually, many of them are quite smart... genius almost. Finding and exploiting operating system vulnerabilities to gain control of hundreds of thousands of others' computers to send their mail is not easy.
    yes, agree. but I don't agree with "Actually, many of them are quite smart"

    I think the word MANY is not right, it should be FEW

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    SitePoint Zealot Jim Beam's Avatar
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    Spammers are basta*ds...I have about 20 ads on my e-mail every day...

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    I found as soon as my PR (pagerank) increased so did the spammers. had nothing to do with the traffic.. durring the time my page rank went up my traffic was about the same in that 2 month period. Spammers love the PR! I so hate it!

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    Spammers are some skillful people who do not use their skills positively but try to be successful by hurting others.......

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    The world will be spam-free when and if people don't open SPAM emails.

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    I'm afraid that there will be never such spam filters that spammers won't be able to break through... If there is spam then someone benefits from it and that means that spam works(((

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    Follow Me On Twitter: @djg gold trophysilver trophybronze trophy Dan Grossman's Avatar
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    We don't get 10,000 pieces of physical mail in our postal boxes each day even though direct mail advertising definitely works. SPAM is such a problem because the negligible cost of sending each piece and the difficulty in identifying the sender. If the e-mail system were replaced with one that can just identify senders, the problem would pretty much go away. If some country doesn't want to enact anti-spam laws, that can then be enforced since the senders are identifiable, recipients can positively block those mails without the complex filtering we have to do now.

    The problem isn't technical but logistical and economic. To replace the e-mail system would mean upgrading hundreds of thousands of computers, breaking backwards compatibility, enforcing some kind of identity system at the ISP/host level, and convincing all these parties that it's worth the huge cost of doing so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Sharp View Post
    It is all about numbers, just as in the telemarketing game. The last I checked the rate of return for telemarketing is around 2%-3%. Does not sound like much does it. Lets say a call center produces 1,000,000 calls a month. 1 000 000 * (2%) = 20,000 Sales!!!

    The spammers rate of return is even higher at around 5%-8%... do the math..

    The nofollow tag was never met to be a spam deterrent it was developed so webmasters could control how there page rank flows from there site. Take Wikipedia that states they use nofollow as a way to control spam... what ever! It has not made a dent in anything spam wise. It is just a excuse so Wikipedia can hoard there page rank.

    My2Cents

    I am not sure if that is the exact rate of return for spammers but I can follow your reasoning. It must be because it is profitable, even if barely, that they keep doing it.

    Sometimes the spammers do not just promote casinos, sex or drugs. It could be a phishing site or malicious spyware waiting for us when we click the link.

    I have got to the point that I don't even look at the comments Akismet has caught. Just delete them all.
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