Eloquent Forum Spamming: a how to...

Step 1: Merchandise - create a product to sell or signup for an affiliate program or 2 if you are in a rush.
Step 2: Distribution Channels - get a long list of forums (like the list located here: http://www.spiffysoft.com/myposter/boards.php)
Step 3: Create a script - categorize your channels and create a script that will spam bomb the same question to a ton of different forums.
Step 4: Signup - create your accounts with a generic name.
Step 5: Post - try the script out. start marketing.
Step 6: Get Busted - ooops, that is not part of the plan. But it happened here

One thing many people miss is that many people who run forums are technically gifted, well socially connected, and know a ton about the web.

Its much easier to spam forums more naturally if you do it on a small scale in small groups. Its even easier to do well longterm if the people who are running the forums like you.

I originally found the reference to this clown move on Threadwatch. Chris from SearchGuild has identified the mystery poster.

One wonders why he did not password protect his page or register his domains via proxy? How long did he expect to get away with this? The same guy created SEO tools and certainly has to expect this to hurt his inbound link popularity...

bragadocchio also threw out a good resource link "How To Ask Questions The Smart Way" in the Cre8asite thread where he busted newsguy.

Published: November 24, 2004

Comments

January 2, 2005 - 8:08am

Love the posters that use bots to send the same silly question to hundreds of forums...

Guess what the latest trick is?

You go to a site for a 30 day trail download and there is no content or download, just some google adsense ads.

At first I thought it was my imagination, but there are lots of SPYWARE downloads that are false.

November 25, 2004 - 6:32am

Due to the register spam, I modified the phpBB register script to ignore the URL, the spammers may suspect their bot and double check it :-)

November 26, 2004 - 8:14am

Ah well, Atleast it got my site's name out to people who looked at that forum list ;)

But yeah, Mass Messaging Sucks!!!

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