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Updated on March 16, 2015

Spamming: Internet Strategies That Have An effect On Online Reputation

Did you realise you have an online reputation to live up to? No? Well, if you want a good online reputation, adopting spamming as part of your Internet strategy couldn't be worst. Why don't you go for the best in Internet strategies and create great content? Content is king if you want to avoid the worst of Internet SEO (search engine optimisation) methods.

I have discovered that not only do you have a ranking if you participate on article websites but you have a secret reputation log that determines what type of person you are by your Internet behaviour.

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When you realise this, it should help you with developing your Internet strategies for a long and successful time online. Essentially, this is your online reputation which takes into account of behaviours like spamming and 'no reward' recommendations where quality information is highly regarded by Google. In the eyes of Google, a good online reputation is rewarded with a good page rank. Intrigued? Read on.

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Internet Strategies Of White Hat Methods That Google Advocates is Replicated On Sites With A Good Online Reputation

I am a writer on a PR 6 (PageRank - See 'References') article generated website called Hubpages. This is a site that has many features integrated within it, including a forum and an active community of approximately 145,000 writers. This site really is a hive of activity where their writers publish everything and anything as long as it is moral and within the realms of white hat (See References).

Hubpages has a very user friendly process of assisting their writers in producing good quality, professional looking, fresh content. Each writer increases their hubpages reputation, depending on the level of activity, quality of articles and how their readers rate them. There is even a component in their author score as to how much traffic is generated to their articles. If you want to learn more about The Secrets of HubScore and HubRank, please see 'References'.

The beauty of Hubpages is that their writers can earn a passive income from their articles. This is paid by the various advertisements that are displayed and arranged around their material. The Internet strategies that Hubpages actively encourages is the idea that content is king. Hubpages structures their operation around the good practice that Google advocates. The site wants to, and has achieved, a good online reputation. The staff are strict as regards to spamming and are intolerant to this type of behaviour. The community are encouraged to help police their site and this tends to work effectively.

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Authorscore Chart

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What Is Internet Macrocosm And Microcosm?

The term macrocosm and microcosm originally came from ancient Greek Neo-Plantonic philosophy regarding the many levels of the cosmos - from the largest scale (i.e. the universe or the macrocosm) to the microcosm - the smallest scale (i.e. atoms, molecules and free radicals, for example). What is, therefore, above is below.

Now with the Internet Macrocosm, this may be compared to the operations of Google, MS Dos and Microsoft - this is the Internet universe. A character in a piece of content, therefore, is Internet microcosm. What is, therefore, above is below.

It is within the natural laws, whether our scheme in the realms of the Universe or on the Internet, that the same rules apply. From these natural laws, we can develop Internet strategies formulated on what action we wish to take. Every action always has a reaction and this applies where ever you are and is not exclusive.

Black Hat Spamming or Google Love From the White Hat?

Sites like Hubpages have an online reputation to uphold. This is because Google wants to encourage good behaviour and deter spamming. What is good for Google is good for Hubpages and, therefore, what is good for Hubpages has to be good for its writers.

Consider Google as the macrocosm and writers as the microcosm. What is good for the macrocosm is good for the microcosm. These ideas are valid whether actioned in a small way, from snippets of article content, or a grand way, to the creation of big websites. Whatever way you look at this, the core fundamentals are the same. Content is king, spamming is to be avoided.

For you to develop successful Internet strategies, life is easy... work out which path you want to take. Are you a black hat or a white hat writer? It is your choice. If you choose the black hat path, expect trouble and strife, for that is the nature of the dark side of the force (lol). If you want to learn more about black and white hat methods, please click on the link at the bottom of the article.

Spamming here is the name of the game. For an example of this please read my article on How To SEO:: Blogger:: Googlemail:: Adsense:: Why Disable Me? But if you choose white hat, then you will be showered with Google love and develop a good online reputation. One where you will be taken seriously as a writer and not one forumulated on your spamming abilities.

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Is This The True Meaning of Spamming?

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Internet Strategies Open To Writers - Which Choice?

Internet strategies opened to writers, therefore, consists of two methods or choices. Spamming and artificially generating techniques to gain a high page rank in Google's search engine or through writing talent that generates natural organic links from website sources all over the Internet. The first is black hat the second is white hat methods of Internet strategies. If you want to learn more about Google love, please read the following article: How To SEO:: Strategic Internet Marketing:: Google:: Content Is King.

Now, as I have already emphasised, online reputation is becoming more important in the eyes of Google. Let me demonstrate an example of how a bad reputation can be viral by using an experience at Hubpages.

Spamming: What Sort Of A Twit..errr.. Am I?


Twitter With Automated Responder

If you remember, I talked about author score and ratings in a previous paragraph. There was a reason why I did this, so please keep in mind the author score relevance. My author score is presently around 96 with a fluctuation of between 90 - 100. The time that I am referring to, I scored up to 88.

In the few past months of writing, I attempted to set up Twitter as a way of gaining followers and increasing my readership. The idea was to use an automated responder to all those that I followed.

After they had responded back with a mutal following, I could then unfollow them. Again this was by use of an automated website, leaving a target audience for my articles. I could then tweat them when I published an article and generate traffic to my hubs. Let me add that I have a link for other's to follow me on my profile page and here too, if you so wish to follow me naturally: Twitter..

Ooops... Something Went Wrong - Death By Spamming

Call this great internet strategies?
Call this great internet strategies?

Great Internet Strategies: Twitter Suspension!

Through my own ignorance, my Twitter account got suspended. The irratic behaviour on my Twitter account when following people, and the automated programs that had initiated access to the account, helped flag inappropriate spamming behaviour.

Like Hubpages and Squidoo, Twitter wants to be seen as a well behaved website, in the eyes of Google, so to suspend black hat behaviour, like my own, was with cause.

The interesting thing, however, was how my author score dropped some 7 points very quickly when suspended. It was as if I had been monitored for my overall bad behaviour and the score dropped accordingly. I was, essentially, being punished and Hubpages had, somehow, found out!

Spamming: A Bad Online Reputation

Indeed, as you can see, this turned out to be bad Internet strategies for me to have adopted. I was surprised to see a correlation from the cause (twitter suspension) and effect (Hubpages authorscore). I wondered why this had happened and then it dawned on me... Of course! The Twitter link in my profile page! The Googlebot had crawled its way through the open link to discover the suspension! I had been seen spamming! Suspension, therefore, equals bad behaviour. Bad behaviour then had an affect on my authorscore. I had developed a bad online reputation!

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Google Have Ways Of Penalising Spammers - This Has An Impact On Online Reputation

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Testing The Effects of Bad Internet Reputation

I decided to test my theory on linking to a bad suspended link. I closed the forementioned Twitter link from my profile page. As suspected, the authorscore increased by the 7 point loss. Essentially, the authorscore had reclaimed the original status because the Googlebot could no longer track back to the source of the suspension! I had successfully covered my tracks until I could rectify the Twitter's suspension.

When I managed to have my account reinstated by a human - I did this by closing the automated programs from the site and threw my soul on Twitter's mercy - I re-linked my twitter account with Hubpages. I had no ill effects from this action and no real fluctuations on my author score.

The point here is that through using black hat Internet strategies, I had given myself a trackable online reputation that was harmful. Spamming for me, in this instance, didn't work and the pay off was far worse than I had envisaged - causing time-loss, stress and strife.

Google do not want this type of behaviour and, as they improve their methods of tracking, they will be getting better at identifying spamming methods from those looking to buck the system.

I believe that this is the case with the Mayday 2010 update. The Google system is now more aware and cleverer at spotting negative Internet strategies or black hat methods. So be aware!

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Develop Your Own Internet Strategies - Forewarned is Forearmed

Now you have an informed choice, based on one of my experiences, you can now develop your own personal Internet strategies for writing success. If you value your online reputation then spamming is not for you. Of course, this depends on your intentions and whether you can, somehow, avoid the pitfalls or traps that Google have set up in order to catch those who try to buck their system. Whatever path you choose, good luck - forewarned is forearmed!

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    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Hi Rebecca - Learning great spam lessons is the name of the game and hopefully information will spread and lead to good internet practice!

      Thanks for visiting R!

    • Rebecca E. profile image

      Rebecca E. 

      8 years ago from Canada

      shaz-- as always informative and good, and spamming is evil.. now you know... and which is why i sound like a broken record all teh time... ha ha

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Hi Billy... Yes. the 30dc is a great way to increase presence! Keep up the good work!

    • billyaustindillon profile image


      8 years ago

      Shaz thanks I had no idea about holding back articles - I figure got to get them out there ASAP. I do need to look into the 30 day challenge don't I :)

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Hi Billy... Authorscore is a great indicator of dynamics that are happening to you presently. It does tend to increase and decrease at a whim, doesn't it?! 75+ is good - it allows you a thumbs up for traffic on Google. I think that Hubpages gives us this score so as it maintains integrity in the eyes of Google. This score stops the site from being spammy and encourages good content behaviour from its authors. It legitimises Hubpages and shows Google that they are in the war against spam too... white hat methods of SEO. This is what Google wants and actively encourages.

      So, to summerise, don't worry too much about authorscore, as long as it is above 74.

      However, what I think happens to you is ... you produce a hub, publish it and it is this action that brings down your overall authorscore. If you publish a hub at 51... this brings your average down. A solution? Leave your hubs to 'mature' for a few days. Allow them to increase to around 70, then publish. You will find your authorscore wont change much after this action.

      Hope this helps!

      p.s. if you want to break the 93 barrier... do the 30 day challenge *wink*

    • billyaustindillon profile image


      8 years ago

      Shaz very helpful article. I must admit I have been incredibly lax in promoting my hubs - I seem to get caught up in writing at the minute. I learnt a lot from this hub. The hub score is strange to me. I don't get it I am nearly always between 93 and 95 - all of a sudden it went to 91-93 and then 88-91. In that time I wrote more articles, got more comments and a lot more followers - I know I don't spam. I haven't used social media but am getting steady traffic from some of those sites. Any thoughts? I have chosen not to let it concern me - just interested in understanding.

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Great Britain

      PDH... Thank you.. it is much appreciated - I am glad you got a lot out of it :)

    • prettydarkhorse profile image


      8 years ago from US

      I have learned a lot form this one Shaz, rating it up because it is very informational, Take care my friend, Maita

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Lisa... Thanks for stopping by. These automated programs allow you to unfollow and automatically reply with a courtesy response. Twitter doesn't like to see an excessive amount of activity like this... it is as if the twitter algorithm has certain sites set up to be weary of. Automated responders like the link from HP, Facebook etc seems ok. I wouldn't hesitate to use these. It is just these cheating sites Twitter doesn't seem to like, for example, *wink - if you want to take a chance*

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Marijana Reynders - Great I have been useful to your learning too! :)

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Ahhh, Mystique... that is a really sweet comment! Indeed, good writing does win through and it is better to not try and buck the system. However, with others cheating, it really makes you feel that honesty is sometimes not the best policy. But then, if you do the crime, expect to do the time! Ignorance is nine tenths of the law and through being ignorant, I paid a price that incured stress - yes a great deal of learning - but, none the less, stress!

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Hi sweet Nell... On hindsight, and if I realised that what I was doing was spamming at the time, I would have been a bit more careful in my technique. I would have set up one automated responder on one day, then followed about 30 ...left for a couple of days, then added another automated unfollow responder... followed another 30... left for a couple of days... then kept slowly adding those to follow. After about a week used the automated responder to unfollow those that I originally followed, leaving new followers to me.

      However, knowing what I know now, I wouldn't have done it in the first place - so the above comment is irrelevant! LOL

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Great Britain

      equealla... Yes... everything is an evolving, changing thing - including us! Thanks for visiting and spread the looove - even if it is Google love! :)

    • Lisa HW profile image

      Lisa HW 

      8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Shazwellyn, I appreciated the information here. It kind of makes a person a little worried about Twitter, automatic "thingy" or not, though, doesn't it..

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      Marijana Reynders 

      8 years ago

      Thanks Shaz for this excellent and informative article ... valuable to all of us writing blogs.

    • Mystique1957 profile image


      8 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

      Dearest sister, Shaz...

      Wow! This is indeed an awesome hub! I wasn´t aware of many of these things. I dislike spam a lot, because I write to help and to share my views on life through my writing. Well, my 62 hubs can clearly back me up. I´d rather take longer time to publish a hub and get something of good quality than flood HP with useless hubs. Thanks for sharing!

      Rated up and useful!

      Warmest hugs and infinite heavenly blessings,


    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi, shaz, I did wonder about the automated thingy on Twitter! I was a bit worried that if I did it wrong it would somehow interfere with my other sites. Thank goodness for this! I was only wondering about this the other day as I get a lot of e-mails from people saying do this or do that. I think I will stick to what I know now! thanks for this info. Nell

    • equealla profile image


      8 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      Good for you, but still I will gladly give the "Darwin" awards to others. I will evolve by learning from mistakes made. Thanx for being brave!!!

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Equealla - I am flattered by your comments. I embrace failure and mistakes - it is these that make us wiser. I have an enquiring mind and like to experiment, however, one can get one's fingers burned when playing with fire!

      An apple dropping from the tree can hurt your head whilst sitting under it but, from that pain, comes eureka moments - just ask Newton! *wink* :)

      Mistakes? BRING IT ON! Good to share! lol

    • equealla profile image


      8 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      Hi Shazwellyn, I love interaction about interesting things. My kids told me about hubpages.

      My laptop was sitting here, mainly to write official letters and print them, making family movies, doing the home budget, mailing my friends etc.

      In cyberspace I am Alice in Wonderland. I have met such nice people here, I regret that I've never tried it before. But now I am eternally grateful you became my friend.

      You see, I love your bravery to tell us about the bad things you did. Even if unintentional. Stupid me normally do not want people to know of my failures.

      You've made me cautious with the info above. I will be good, sit down and take the time to read it. Slowly and with attention.

      Thanx for the info.

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Great Britain

      John.. You can apply the common denominator to anything. I think in terms of what are common themes in most situations and meanings. It is a way of seeking new meaning for myself. I am glad you picked up on the mac/micro model - respect to you :)

      It is the same with 'every action has a reaction' and this can be applied to the internet as well.

      It just comes to show you that everything is basically an illusion and truth comes from individual perspective - this applies to the internet as well.

      Thanks for reading and keep up the good reputation :)

    • John B Badd profile image

      John B Badd 

      8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Thanks for the info Shazwellyn. I never thought of the macrocosm / microcosm model applying to the internet. I have been searching for new ways to get my name out in cyberspace, now I know some ways not to. You have given me much food for thought, I will be back later for desert.

      Great Hub :)

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Hi Pamela! I don't think it is a "permanent" effect on reputation... think of it as you are continually assessed. I have made mistakes and have been caught out, but that doesn't mean to say that my behaviour has a black mark held against me. It is like a slapped wrist - automated by the Googlebots algorithm. However, individual sites can ban you for life - it is fairly rare for Twitter to reinstate the account (I was lucky because I persisted and asked for forgiveness - being a newbie and not knowing the implications of my actions) and Adsense can ban you for life at a drop of a hat - sometimes for no reason at all... this could be, for example, if someone wanted to hurt you by continually clicking on your ads. You don't or cant control other people's actions, but Adsense won't take any chances! You can logically understand this, cant you? Potentially fraudulent behaviour can undermine Adsense credibility.

      Thanks for stopping by... maybe I should write a hub on the benefits of Twitter if it will help?

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Rafini... I was lost in spamming... thought it was a legitimate way of getting my work out there! I didn't realise that I would be penalised for it. Actually, at the time, I didn't actually know what I was doing! We have all been there, eh?

      Interesting to learn how it affects online reputation though. :)

      Thanks for commenting my dear Rafini :)

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Shaz, Thanks for sharing the importance of maintaining a good reputation which I try to do but it sounds like there is a secret file somewhere listing who is good and who is bad. I know its not that simple.

      I know you learned a lesson with the Twitter account. I still don't know how Twitter works anyway.

    • Rafini profile image


      8 years ago from Somewhere I can't get away from

      Shaz - I Never would have thought You were a spammer! lol

      Well, we all live and learn don't we? But...was this learning experience by choice? lol

      Thanks for sharing your knowledge. :)

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Hey Natasha! You really are too kind! The great things about making mistakes is that you learn such a lot. This is about experiment - we are all on learning trip and the great thing about life is that you just don't know for sure if things will turn out as you predict.

      If you remember my objectives in my log, it was to learn white hat methods, to see the light at the end of the SEO tunnel, to reach an authorscore above 93 and to be an active, good team player - I have achieved all this and more!

      Thank you for being such a great team member x

    • englightenedsoul profile image


      8 years ago

      I am in love with your last three hubs. And you have made me print out all the three(I rarely do this)..I have even distributed it to my friends so that they get a beginner's idea and learn the basics as I might include them in my online ventures in near future. People in India have this spammy ideas about earning from the internet.

      You know when I say them that I am an adsense publisher that pays me for ads that user clicks, their basic response is "Click your own ads". That really is frightening and sole reason why I havn't considered to include them in my online business. So I am educating them so that I can share my workload with them.

      And your hubs are acting as their best tutorial as they now can understand the consequences of their mistakes.

      Thanks for writing this!! Rated up!!

      Also, thanks for featuring me in your hubbers list. I really feel honored. I think you should put your name in the list as well...but wait anyone reading this hub would automatically join your fan club. SO I guess it won't be required!!

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Thank you Itech - It is my observations based on mistakes that I have learned from. Hope it has helped.

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Good ~Guy .. this has got to be one of those great internet strategies! Well done - I am sure you will be showered with lots of google love and you will have a perfect online reputation! :)

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      8 years ago from Dausa, India

      Interesting article!!! Some of the points are very useful to keep up with them....

      Really appreciate your step.

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      Justin Choo 

      8 years ago from Malaysia


      I guess I shall just keep on writing honest hubs and the rest be "damned".


    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Good Guy... There are programs out there that help you to automatically respond to people when they follow you on twitter. I used a program like this. It resulted in my twitter suspension. I followed people on twitter with a view to unfollow them in a week or so. I then unfollowed them. This was to increase potential readers. This is spamming, bad practice. I got suspended from twitter. I found that when this happened, my authorscore on hubpages dropped drastically. There was an open link in my profile that lead to twitter - when I closed this link my authorscore went back up. I had developed a trackable bad online reputation. Does that make sense?

      Keep with the good content *wink*

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Hi Mike - The interesting thing is that hubpages can monitor bad behaviour elsewhere. Did you see my example at Twitter?

      Keep up the good work Mike :)

    • Good Guy profile image

      Justin Choo 

      8 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi Shaz,

      This hub is too long and complicated for beginners like me. Honestly, I didn't complete reading the whole hub.

      Maybe this is meant for more advanced Hubbers.

      Just the same, thanks for sharing your expertise.

    • Mike Lickteig profile image

      Mike Lickteig 

      8 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      Shaz, I have appreciated your most recent hubs tremendously. You have brought a new insight to what we are all doing here, and it gives us all something new to think about.

      I hope you and anyone reading my words will not misunderstand--I am not opposed to building the links myself and trying to be noticed through my own efforts in this regard. It is simply not what I do well and for some reason there is a high frustration level in it for me.

      It is nice to believe that I might be the type of writing Google inherently appreciates, with or without the backlinking strategies.

      Voted up, useful, and bookmarked.



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