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Fight Back At Spam

Updated on May 23, 2014

Now You Can Fight Back At Spam

This page shows you how to fight back at spam, and how to make the owners of web sites who spam you pay a price for doing so, using the WOT browser plugin.

Spam is everywhere these days isn't it. Not only do we find dozens or even hundreds of Spam emails in our Inbox, the Spammers are also now promoting their websites through Guestbooks and Forums.

Whether you are a lensmaster on Squidoo, have your own Blogs or Web Sites, participate in Forums or write articles on other Author Sites, chances are that you have seen numerous comments from Spammers, advertising their junk all over the place.

You might think that there is little that we can do to stop this, but that is not strictly true.

There are in fact various tools in place that can be used for reporting Spam websites, and the more that people that use them, the more the awareness of Spam web sites will grow, and this will greatly reduce the amount of money that they earn from these sites.

While we can't stop the Spammers from promoting their sites, we can help to make it a waste of time for them to do so.

Are you ready to help join me in fighting back at the Spammer?

Then read on...

Can We Fight Back At Spam?

Some people say that we can fight back at Spam, and others just feel that the best we can do is to put up with it.

Do you think that there are actions that we can take, or are you just resigned to your fate along with the other sheep?

If you do believe that we have a choice, please add your ideas to the list so that others may follow in your path.

Do You Believe We Can Fight Back?

Make Sure The Site Is A Spam Site

Note that not every link that is sent to you may be from a spam site.

Very often, uneducated people will promote their pages on a web site by spamming, but it doesn't mean that the site itself is a spam site.

A prime example is Squidoo itself, where some new lensmasters have been known to add links to their lenses all over the place, but we know that Squidoo is a site that denounces spam, not one that promotes it.

Similar examples are any legitimate writing sites, like Hubpages, Helium, Associated Content, Examiner etc.

If you want to do anything, go into WOT and give these sites a GOOD rating, since some people have flagged them as promoting spam, and that needs to be negated.

How To Identify A Spam Site

If someone left a comment on a lens, in a guestbook, on an article, or sent you a message, and the content and web site link that is left has nothing to do with the lens, article etc that it was left on, then there is a 99% chance that this is a web site which is being promoted by link Spam.

Most of these sites are a single page, and often either promote a single product, or in many cases they might be about a service in a given area, but without any substance, like Construction Companies In Los Angeles. Sites like the latter look legitimate, but apart from the legitimate data, the rest of the page is usually filled with Google ads. The Spammers make their money from Google Adsense or other adverts.

If you have been on Squidoo for any time you will I am sure have seen these added to your Plexos on more than one occasion.

WOT Web Of Trust Surf The Web Safely
WOT Web Of Trust Surf The Web Safely

The First Step In Fighting Back

We Have The Tools - Surf The Web Safely

The first step in fighting back is to let other people know that a website that is being promoted by Spamming should be avoided.

One of the best ways to do this is to use a Browser Plugin called Web Of Trust or WOT for short. WOT is available for Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari, and it allow you to safely surf the internet.

If you have the WOT plugin installed in your browser, whenever you visit a web site, a WOT symbol in the toolbar shows Green is the site is safe, and Red if it is not.

Also, whenever you do a web search, all of the web sites that are listed in the search results show whether that site is safe to visit or not.

This instantly protects you by warning you of any web sites that are dangerous, but how is this going to help us in our fight against people who promote their web sites by using spam?

Read on and find out...

The Second Step In Fighting Back

Pass The Word Around

WOT is a wonderful Safe Surfing tool, but like any tool, it's only any good if you use it.

Registering Spam web sites on WOT is a great thing to do, but it it only going to help those people who have it installed.

If you agree with me that WOT is an essential add-on for everyone to have in their browser, please help by telling your friends about it, and then they too can surf safely.

You can tell people about WOT very easily as follows:

  • Add a link to WOT in your email signature

  • Share the link to WOT on Twitter, Facebook etc

  • Write about WOT in your blog

By spreading the word, we can help make more people that sites they are about to visit are Spam sites, and if they don't visit and buy things, the Spammers will lose money, and that is our goal. If we can make it not worthwhile for them to do this, the battle is on, and we can cost them dearly by taking away their business.

What To Do If You Get Link Spammed

How To Deal With Spam Comments

Those annoying emails, messages or comments you how you can buy Viagra cheaply, enhance your manhood - or breasts, but the Spammers have moved on from this to creating their own web sites that sell legitimate products, or that are full of affiliate links.

There are in fact groups of Chinese families who are creating hundreds and thousands of web sites and promoting them using Spamming of all sorts of sites.

Deleting the messages and comments that you receive is just the tip of the iceberg.

It's essential that we all help to promote the use of WOT and other tools, so that more people add these plugins to their browsers and surf safely, and also it's our duty to make sure that these Spam sites are listed on WOT, to make sure people are aware.

The recommended action to take when you receive a Spam message is as follows:

  • Visit the site to make sure it is indeed a spam site

  • Copy the URL for the Spam web site

  • Click on the WOT symbol in the browser toolbar, give the website a low rating, add a comment to mark it as being promoted using Link Spam.

  • Visit this lens and add the URL for the Spam web site to the link list for others to see.

Then finally, delete the message or comment.

To make things easier, add THIS LINK to your favorites/bookmarks so you can go direct to the Spam List module on this lens whenever you need.

Now, you have told an ever growing group of Spam Fighters about this Spam web site, and done your bit to help make people aware.

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    • aesta1 profile image

      Mary Norton 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I get spams in my Plexo module when I forget to set this at Ask me First when people add a link.

    • TaraWojt profile image

      Tara Wojtaszek 

      5 years ago

      Great tips for fighting spam. I think I've been lucky so far to not have too much arrive on my page, but then again I haven't been on Squidoo too long. Mind you, now that I've just said that......

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      Nathalie Roy 

      5 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      ah the good old days of the Inca trail spam on the squidu forum. How I miss that lol. Looks like you added some sites to the list since my latest visit!

    • Glen Kowalski profile image

      Glen Kowalski 

      5 years ago

      Great lens. I wish sites like yahoo etc would institute anti-spamming measures on their comment boards, and ban IPs known to post spam.

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Great advice for helping to stay away from spam and spam websites. Sometimes I almost think that the web is a safer place to play and then something comes along to remind me how much spam, plagiarism, and predators are out there. Sure wish the world would clean up it's Internet act a bit.

    • beaworkathomemom profile image


      6 years ago

      Great lens. These are some great tips.

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      Pam Irie 

      6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I search and surf through my Norton program which also alerts me to spam and helps me keep safe on the net. I don't go anywhere on the net without it. :)

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      6 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Returning to update my earlier blessing :)

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      Linda Hahn 

      6 years ago from California

      1700 Squidlikes right here!

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      Lee Hansen 

      6 years ago from Vermont

      Nasty stuff, spam. Been around forever, and just getting worse. Thank goodness the tools to fight it are smarter, and tips like those in this lens are so helpful.

    • traveller27 profile image


      6 years ago

      Great advice Tony. Blessed by a travelling angel.

    • Frischy profile image


      7 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      Interesting advice here. We have a huge problem on an internet forum I help moderate. Every night hundreds of spam messages are posted and must be deleted the next day by a team of moderators appointed solely for the purpose of deleting all this spam. It is absolutely insane and we have no idea how to prevent this from happening. I will post this lens to the moderators board. Perhaps it will help us! Thanks!

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      7 years ago

      Great advice here Tony :)

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      Anthony Godinho 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Spam is indeed one of the most annoying things one can come across. In some cases, like you mentioned, people are just ignorant in terms of promotion, but 99% of the time it's very consciously done. I use Norton 360 for internet/PC security and they do have some features that warn about attack / spam sites. I'm going to have to check WOT and use it. Thanks for creating this page...blessings!

    • TonyPayne profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony Payne 

      7 years ago from Southampton, UK

      @blessedmomto7: I find if you manually approve links, you can easily control the spam though.

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      Tony Payne 

      7 years ago from Southampton, UK

      @Cinnamonbite: True, but if everyone who sees the links flags those sites on WOT or other anti-spam/scam sites it will help to ruin their reputation, which will do them far more harm than good.

    • Cinnamonbite profile image


      7 years ago

      By putting up the spam links you're promoting them.

    • blessedmomto7 profile image


      7 years ago

      Thanks for this info. I stopped using plexos because they just were full of spammers.

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      Lisa Auch 

      7 years ago from Scotland

      blinking fantastic! thanks for directing me here!

    • TonyPayne profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony Payne 

      7 years ago from Southampton, UK

      @MobyD: I saw. I also flagged those web sites for link spamming, so that will help.

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      7 years ago

      I've joined Web of Trust and plan to make good use of it. Great lens, Poddy! Thanks!

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      8 years ago

      Thanks for letting us know about this. I hadn't heard about WOT before and I am heading there now.

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      darciefrench lm 

      8 years ago

      This is a great lens on fighting spam- found my way here through twitter. I tend to decline any links that are not specifically related to the lens and what I asked for. Allowing links that are keyword but not topic related is like spamming myself - it looks poor on the lens. I had one slip through a guestbook I hadn't set up to filter.

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      Carolan Ross 

      8 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      THANKS for this VERY useful and timely info about how to fight spam, on my way to WOT. I've been getting so much spam that I have not taken the time to visit every link posted. If it is about something totally unrelated and some vague comment having nothing to do with blog post, I've trash it as spam, but was hoping to find a better way to deal with it. Thanks again.

    • betsuzlap profile image


      8 years ago

      Great information here! I will be using these methods to get rid of the spam. Thank you Poddys!

    • dustytoes profile image


      8 years ago

      Thanks so much for the info. I never knew I could fight back. WOT sounds like a great thing to have.

    • TonyPayne profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony Payne 

      8 years ago from Southampton, UK

      @anonymous: Thanks Tipi. Every weapon you can have in the war against Spam is worth having.

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      8 years ago

      Another life saved from spam, you are my hero!. Great info, I'm now armed and dangerous (to spam)! Hugs!

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      Heather Burns 

      8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Thank you for finding these helpful sites to fight back at spam!

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      Spook LM 

      8 years ago

      I agree with you totally Tony, but being me have to say. WOT if WOT is a spam site? Blessed by an Angel.

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      8 years ago

      This is a great lens for people who are sick of running into spam all the time. Thanks for putting all these resources together. Through no-tolerance approaches we can make a big difference.

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      8 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I've had WOT installed for awhile now and find it very helpful. Thanks for helping us 'Fight Back at Spam'.

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      Dianne Loomos 

      8 years ago

      Spam is indeed everywhere. I didn't know what to do about it other than delete it. I will see if I can install the WOT plug-in. Thanks!

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      8 years ago

      Thanks Tony! Great info, and WOT new to me too! - Kathy

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      8 years ago

      I had not heard about WOT. Thank you!

    • pkmcruk profile image


      8 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Some really great information Tony and very well put together and presented - blessed by a passing Squid Angel :-)

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      steveffeo lm 

      8 years ago

      Tony great information I am going to add the WOT plugin to all my sites.

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      8 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Thanks for the great info, Tony. I've been using the WOT plug-in for some time and I highly recommend it. *Blessed*

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      Susan Deppner 

      8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Tony, to be honest I would never click through an obvious spam link, especially the links that have just a bunch of random letters as a name. I see them on a daily basis on a group of blogs that I moderate - spam comments every single day with obviously robot-generated website links. While this project is great for some sites, those created by individuals trying to make a quick buck or two, there are too many dangerous ones out there and I wouldn't want to be responsible for sharing a link that could create a problem for my computer or someone else's.

      I've always said that if people are smart enough to use robots to generate links to something that creates chaos and causes loss of productive hours to potentially millions of people, how wonderful it would be if they could use that method instead to promote something good! Not holding my breath on that one, but wouldn't it be nice?

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      Nathalie Roy 

      8 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Oh too bad I haven't kept the links to all my guestbook spam! I would have added to your list. Next time I get spam, I 'll list it here. I am going to read more about that WOT plugin.

    • TriviaChamp profile image


      8 years ago

      Some great tips Poddys.

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      8 years ago

      Thanks, Tony - you've done a nice job on an important issue. Isn't spam annoying???!!! So glad to learn there are ways we can fight back. I'll leave you with a couple of links that should brighten your day:

      Enjoy ;-)


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      8 years ago

      Interesting lens there... for some reason I was expecting it to be about tinned meat though! On my website I have a few posts about the band Bowling For Soup, and every so often I get a comment enthusing about tomato soup with some sort of spammy link attached. Will definitely have to have a look into WOT!

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      8 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

    • nebby profile image


      8 years ago from USA

      Love what you have done here. It always seems like it's a constant battle and you've got some great tips.


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