"Sponsored LINK, MB, ARTICLE" spam email acting as blackhat inducement

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  1. Will Apse profile image91
    Will Apseposted 8 months ago

    Got the following email asking me to provide a link on one of my articles:

    "Sponsored LINK, MB, ARTICLE
    Inbox
    x

    Debora Willson (via HubPages) via amazonses.com
    1:45 AM (8 hours ago)
    to me

    Debora Willson (debora.willson95@gmail.com) DEBwill on HubPages
    has sent you this message.
    (email address verified)

    Hello,

    I like your works! Really fantastic! Good job!

    I have one question - could you post our link or anchor in your article, review or under you picture, in the description?

    I would like to know the price for such cooperation!

    We are interested in do-follow link

    Thank You,"

    Might be worth warning writers that this is a practice that really upsets Google.

    1. paradigmsearch profile image88
      paradigmsearchposted 8 months agoin reply to this

      I also got that email. It got hesitancy, but deleted it.

      On the one hand, no wonder I deleted that option on my profile. On the other hand I've recently restored it. The reason I deleted that option I don't even remember, think it had to do with something Q&A. At any rate, option restored for awhile. But I'm probably going to kill it again, don't know when.

  2. CYong74 profile image97
    CYong74posted 8 months ago

    I received something similar a while back. Sender kept pestering me till I told her no way in hell the editors would tolerate a link of that sort. Radio silence there after.

    1. Will Apse profile image91
      Will Apseposted 8 months agoin reply to this

      Maybe I should have played along a little to find out what kinds of link and which domains are involved. There are probably many hubbers who do not understand the consequences of paid links.

      For all we know the site is littered with them.

      1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image96
        TIMETRAVELER2posted 8 months agoin reply to this

        You might want to pass this on to the team so that they can investigate this possibility and rid the site of such links, if possible.

      2. lobobrandon profile image89
        lobobrandonposted 8 months agoin reply to this

        I got the same and I think she got us through Dengarden. I ignored it. I will play along now to find out the website in question so that the team can find any link to it and get it out.

      3. wilderness profile image96
        wildernessposted 8 months agoin reply to this

        It may be.  I agreed to such a link some years ago, for a price and for one year.  It's long gone, but nothing says others aren't doing it as well.

  3. lobobrandon profile image89
    lobobrandonposted 8 months ago

    I just sent this:

    Good morning.

    You did not specify which article you are referring to and which website you want a link to. I am hesitating to point a link to a site unless it is a good website. Also, how much are you willing to pay?

    Regards

    Seems natural enough to be from a hubber who does not know about linking building practices like this?

    1. Will Apse profile image91
      Will Apseposted 8 months agoin reply to this

      I reported the HP profile immediately so, if it is the same person, you might be too late.

      But good luck 003.5, lol.

      1. lobobrandon profile image89
        lobobrandonposted 8 months agoin reply to this

        Haha.

  4. CYong74 profile image97
    CYong74posted 8 months ago

    Earlier in the week, I came across some lame backlinking guide that stated HP to be a good Social Media backlink.

    I presume other SEO "experts" read similar and began working to get their clients a link with us.

    1. Will Apse profile image91
      Will Apseposted 8 months agoin reply to this

      It was true ten years ago. That is one of the problems with many SEO sites. Out of date...

    2. MizBejabbers profile image90
      MizBejabbersposted 8 months agoin reply to this

      I don't know about this. I've found links in my hubs that have appeared mysteriously. I got an email from HP team that said they'd removed some links in one of my hubs. That was fine with me except that it sounded like they were accusing me of putting them in. Nothing could be farther from the truth. When I contacted them about it, they said they don't put in links and insinuated that it had to be me.  That kind of torched me.

      1. lobobrandon profile image89
        lobobrandonposted 8 months agoin reply to this

        Yeah, it had to be you or someone who has access to your account. It could have been a link you added a long time ago that now led to a dead page. If a link is removed it does not necessarily mean it was spammy.

        1. MizBejabbers profile image90
          MizBejabbersposted 8 months agoin reply to this

          NO! Lobobrandon. I do not put links to various and words that have no logical links like "students," the phrase "cardboard signs" and other nonsensical places like that.When I add a link it is to something relevant, and when I see or I'm notified that one of those links is broken, I fix it! And if If anybody has access to my account it is a hacker. My husband doesn't even have access to my account. It really bugs me when people don't believe me. I'm not some idiot kid who thinks it's fun to add nonsensical links. I am a serious writer who is not being taken seriously, and it pisses me off.

          1. Will Apse profile image91
            Will Apseposted 8 months agoin reply to this

            Do you know which domains the links were aimed at?

            1. MizBejabbers profile image90
              MizBejabbersposted 8 months agoin reply to this

              Not those in particular because HP removed them (thankfully). I am going to have to go back through other hubs to see if there are more. Those removed by HP were in my Sockhop hub. They were nonsensical and went nowhere. That subject alone could attract a nut kid hacker.

              1. Will Apse profile image91
                Will Apseposted 8 months agoin reply to this

                Might be worth taking a note of link URLs if you find any more. Probably the easiest way to work out what they are doing there.

                1. MizBejabbers profile image90
                  MizBejabbersposted 8 months agoin reply to this

                  Good idea.

  5. PaulGoodman67 profile image97
    PaulGoodman67posted 8 months ago

    Is someone selling black hats? I need some new head wear to keep my ears warm.

    1. Will Apse profile image91
      Will Apseposted 8 months agoin reply to this

      I reckon that head needs all the help it can get, too, lol. I grew my hair long in London as the snow beat down.

      On a slightly more serious note, don't HP have some kind of filter for emails? I seem to remember they filter out abusive comments. Maybe they should add "link" to the forbidden words list, or at least "sponsored link" and "paid link".

      1. lobobrandon profile image89
        lobobrandonposted 8 months agoin reply to this

        Yeah, that would be good.

        HP is still a good source of links, the niche sites are pretty strong.

    2. Natalie Frank profile image95
      Natalie Frankposted 8 months agoin reply to this

      Ha! Though you might be safer with white hats!

  6. Lovelli Fuad profile image96
    Lovelli Fuadposted 8 months ago

    I get those kinds of messages in the comment, and there's quite plenty of them. The first line is usually a very generic praise for the article (great article! Nice!) followed by a link to a website.

    Some are just a url and no comment at all!

    At first I never thought much of it, but now I'm convinced the persons were just commenting on my articles in the hope that I would pass their links in my article. Because it's pretty obvious their comment would not get through for being spammy (containing links to outside articles).

  7. Will Apse profile image91
    Will Apseposted 8 months ago

    DebWill is still alive and well.

    https://hubpages.com/@debwill

  8. paradigmsearch profile image88
    paradigmsearchposted 8 months ago

    To spam? Or not to spam? That is the question.

  9. paradigmsearch profile image88
    paradigmsearchposted 8 months ago

    He who spams last, spams least.

    A spam in time, saves nine.

 
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