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How I Analyze Spam

Spam is my latest discovery. Since my blogpost that won me first billing and a Google page 1 ranking, I’ve not only gone from 68 visitors to 470 in a month and a week! Wish I knew how to say AWESOME in 8 diff. languages! THANK YOU GUYS! Also, I’ve been getting a stream of spam steadily. Not a whole lot, just 3 or 4 spam comments at every log in.

See, haven’t logged into my blog due to my neighbor (whose wifi I’m riding on) disappearing, cuz he thinks he’s Criss Angel or some shit. So lately I’ve had only two choices to pick from; ‘slow’ neighbor and ‘stop & go’ neighbor. *SIGH* None of which will allow me to log into my damn blog account. Holy herpes sores, Batman!

But now I know I’m gaining ground in the popularity game. I finally logged in briefly today. Here’s a pic of what my new spam looks like:

Like the 3 Little Pigs, we have the 3 Little Spammers:

The first one I clicked on, and it boldly stated on a new page that the site had been taken down due to the author violating the TOS (Terms Of Service, if you don’t already know). So much for that one.

I huffed and I puffed, and I went to the 2nd, which took me to some lame site that looked like it had been poorly chosen from a free template layout from whatever blog service they’re using. Before I analyze, here’s what that POS (piece of shit) site http://street-art.linkedz.info/2009/05/04/brightkite-want-to-really-be-found/ looks like:

OK, a couple of things here!
1. Why is there a picture of a waterfall if the site is called Street-Art? What does one have to do with the other?
2. Where exactly is this so-called Street-art ? Apparently not anywhere on this site!
3. Who is Bombit? What does Bombit The Movie Blog mean? I click on Bombit and it takes me to MY blog post that they’re talking about!
4. And that’s 2 backlinks to my site! Backlinking to major sites always raises your own page ranking BTW
5. These dudes think they’re so0Ooo slick, the way they take a snippet of my blog post and paste it on there the same way a pre-shortened RSS Feed post delivers into a subscription email!
6. From what I can see, this site is not run by living people. Probably by evil robots. Robots you can’t even contact
7. What really kills me is that at the bottom, they put some kind of disclaimer that it sticks to Google guidelines:

8. How is this any different than a scraper site? They’re using copied material without any of the original author’s permission and not even owning up to it!
9. In the About section, there’s no mention of any real people owning this site. Words are carefully chosen to remain anonymous
10. There is NOWWHERE and NO WAY to contact anybody on this shitty-ass site!
11. Love this one: See the CD-ROM they’re advertising? This looks like an affiliate deal they’ve got going with that SEO Elite company.

So far, what I can deduce is that this site’s entire purpose was to get set up in order to endorse that SEO Elite product. Scenarios I’ve concluded:

A) Asshole owner of this site sets up NO REAL ORIGINAL CONTENT whatsoever on any part of this site
B) Asshole owner of this site ‘borrows’ other blogger’s content without permission, of course!
C) Asshole owner of this site liberally mentions Google’s name in order to appear legit and up to Google’s standards
D) Asshole owner doesn’t want Google to demote his page ranking as a result of these aforementioned Blackhat Tactics (will write about blackhat in another post)
E) Asshole owner may have set up the site in order to reap monetary rewards from affiliate deal
F) The SEO Elite people are behind all this, setting up dummy sites in order to peddle their product/ name brand

It doesn’t take a genious to see how little effort was put into this site. That’s because the authors don’t care; it was set up as a vacant cyberspace property in order to sell that crap CD-ROM. And really, those SEO Elite people are a sham if this is the seedy manner in which to sell the product.

Authentic SEO’s do not sell their products in this shabby form. They’re careful about whom they partner with; they do not partner up with just any fool who comes ‘a knocking. Certainly NOT with some anonymous blackhat-douchebag who won’t show his face and hides behind the Google brand name, pretending like he’s got an ‘in’ with Google!

Would you purchase SEO Elite now?

Of course I’m gonna rat them out to Google! What kind of Munk do you think I am?

*Update- Looks like I didn’t have to cuz someone beat me to the punch:

Anyhoo, on to number 3!

I know what you’re thinking. What does SuperMunk have to do with baby names? Answer: Nothing.

For some reason, I ended up on this site as a backlink. If you scroll down to somewhere in the middle of that page, you will see this:

And this, if you scroll down far enough:

spammy baby-name site

spammy baby-name site

So that’s five, 5 bulleted backlinks under the category of “Blogs related to Baby name meaning and origin for Lynnbeth”.

This site is also a sham. You only need look on the front page for proof.  Clearly the developer didn’t take any time to properly construct this page to adhere to web 2.0 standards. It’s an obviously poorly done cut & paste job.

Should I get off my podium now? Not yet my duckies!

My blog post was for a review I did on the BrightKite application. Which has nothing to do with baby names, much less the name Lynnbeth. If fact, my blog post did not contain those keywords at all.

Close up:

close-up of my blog post being backlinked without authorization

close-up of my blog post being backlinked without authorization

And what about the other backlinks? Good question!

I clicked on all of them. (^-^)

Here’s our first backlink “I thank you for tuning in.”:

shitty fucking advertiser - the kind that blinks on screen

Surprise! It reroutes me to some advertiser first before taking me to the actual backlink, and when I get there…:

some dudes wordpress site

some dude's wordpress site

“I thank you for tuning in.”

As you can see/read, there’s no mention of baby names or Lynnbeth.

On to our second backlink, “Does the sex offender registry offend justice?” :

some site about sex offender laws

some site about sex offender laws

Again, no mention of baby names or Lynnbeth.

Here’s our third backlink, “Unmatched Game play” :

Riiight. Still don’t see the correlation with 8-bit golf and baby names, but to each their own I say!

And our fourth and last backlink, “In an Economy – And a World – Gone Haywire – blah blah blah…”:

Doctors, lawyers, and Indian chefs – oh my!

So let’s take a look again at that picture so you don’t have to scroll all the way up:

No, none of these backlinks relate to the topic of this baby-names site at all.

So why do they do this? What do they have to gain?

Simple. At one time or another, each of these sites had a peak surge in traffic. I know I did!

And when that happens, spammy sites like to leech off that popularity. I mentioned before that backlinking to popular sites helps divert some of the popular site’s audience over to smaller site. More traffic = more audience = more $$$ in advertising. Yes Virginia, money is always involved! 😛

And by scraping unauthorized content from other sites, the audience of the popular site may inadvertedly get redirected to the smaller site if they try to Google search any particular topics on the popular site.

Of course this is all done without permission. The big fellas can’t afford to lose their audience or advertising money.

My popularity hasn’t gotten so big yet, but I’m already knowledgeable on such tricks. You should be wary that sometimes you’ll get in your spam folder a message that looks spammy but is actually some small fry complimenting you and they just happen to have a commercial website. In time you’ll be able to root out those guys and seperate them from the You Just Won type of spam and any Viagrah ads that may clog your folders.

FYI: WordPress has Akismet and it removes spam for you. Blogger doesn’t have any spamguard as of this writing.

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301 Redirect From Blogger To WordPress

YEP! Yep yep!

BEHOLD, BITCHESSS!

This, is my 2nd! And check out my new slick-ass header above.

The previous post was my first foray into WordPress. Monumental. And now I’m all  misty-eyed! *sniff*

I tried out several diff. templates and of course, ended up with this one called Cutline. Which is cool, cuz I just realized the author of this template is on my Twitter feed. He also makes other nifty, SEO-friendly templates @ pearsonified.com.

Today’s post will be a brief mention about the infamous 301 Redirect tool and, some script that I used on my blogspot site. It will save your butt in the event of moving your blog to another.

Now the thing about SEO you gots to realize is that it’s like having seniority. If search engines have been indexing your blog that’s been around for oh, I don’t know, 2-3 yrs. online, then you’ve been in the system quite a while. So the longer you’ve been around, the more you’ve already moved up in the ranks. And that’s without doing much.

Like I just did, for example. I’ve had my blog since Nov. 2008 but, I had applied an RSS feed to it. That means I now have subscribers and aggregated analytics results.

Do I want to lose all that cache of information? NO!

But, some people make co$tly errors…Like Toys R’ Us, according to this article.

The lesson learned is that if you’re acquiring a new domain you should transfer is, instead of moving it. The same can be said for changing domains/names.

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Now I just made the move from Blogger to WordPress. Some folks simply migrate all posts from one to the other, then delete old blog posts altogether. What a mistake! I mean ok, if you blog for fun and don’t care about losing readership, then, screw it.

But if you’re doing this for business’ sake, dayum! Think ahead for one second.

All the notoriety and ranking you’ve spent years building up will be wiped out by one simple change.

I’ve  had to read up a lot on this subject, and it’s tricky.  Since I wasn’t able to find such key info, I’m going to tell you something…

What You Need To Know Before

Migrating From Blogger To WordPress

  1. Don’t wait to move after 500 + blog posts! Anyone who’s done this already can concur what a trememdous pain in the arse it is! And some things get lost in the move, so back everything up first!
  2. Blogger is FREE – So you can do mods all you want limitlessly
  3. WordPress.com is FREE – You can’t modify anything beyond the header, really
  4. WordPress.org isn’t free – Actually, you must pay for hosting before you can use it, but customize all you want. AND, they let you use plugins instead of crappy widgets
  5. It really makes no sense to go from FREE Blogger to FREE WordPress because all your widgets will not show up, nor can you add them. They won’t let you. So don’t do it until you can afford hosting services for it. Yea, I know, but I’m giving myself a month deadline before making the transition. MYOB already!
  6. WordPress has pretty damn good free templates if you search all over the web. The best of the best you can purchase from developers
  7. Why use WordPress.org? It’s completely customizable and uses the best plugins
  8. DO NOT DELETE YOUR OLD BLOG RIGHT AWAY. Even soon after the migration!
  9. Give the search engines enough time to realize you moved to a different domain
  10. You must set up a 301 Redirect attribute so the search engines will know about your move
  11. If you don’t 301 Redirect, not only will your readers will get lost in limbo, but also your current page rank and RSS/Atom Feed
  12. Search engines will read duplicate posts from your new migration and your old blog. Set up the attribute to prevent this
  13. Search engines will penalize you for duplicate posts. They can’t tell if you are the original author or some scraper sites so they split the page rank credit between both, knocking you down a few notches
  14. 301 attributes are all worded differently so choose wisely. You may hafta try it a few times to get it right
  15. 301 code sometimes works, sometimes not. Sometimes you won’t even get feedback for a malfunctioning one
  16. After you 301, make sure to notify your feeds right away
  17. You must put the NO FOLLOW attribute on your previous blog so search engines will know to no longer follow it as primary blog
  18. Page rank may suffer for a bit so give it time to catch up
  19. You should just get the Redirect Plug-in and save yourself all this hassle if you have WordPress.org. If you’re like me with FREE WordPress.com, then you can’t use it so read on!

There’s many tutorials out there, and a few are hopelessly outdated, or supply buggy code. As for me, I used this one from Laffers.net. Yea, that’s your cue to go check it out, smarty-pants! Don’t worry, I’ll wait.

Ok, first up is this easy code that you place anywhere between your head tags:

<meta name="ROBOTS" content="NOINDEX, NOFOLLOW"/>

And similarly, let’s get this out of the way. This here’s the message window that’s gonna pop up on the screen to tell you the blog moved:

<div style='position: absolute; top: 30px; left: 30px; border: solid 2px #333; color: #000; background-color: yellow; padding: 5px; width: 400px; z-index: 5; font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: large;'>
<p><strong>My blog has moved!</strong></p>
<p>You should be automatically redirected in 6 seconds. If not, visit<br/> <a href='http://yournewblog.wordpress.com/'> <strong>http://yournewblog.wordpress.com</strong></a> <br/> and update your bookmarks.</p>
</div>

Anything that is in blue can be modified to your liking, but I wouldn’t mess with anything else.  Remember to change the http://www.address.com  to your new blog’s home address! Ok, so now you gotta add the following string of code between your head tags:

<meta content='6;url=http://yournewblog.wordpress.com/' http-equiv='refresh'/>

This next one’s tricky though…add this below your main wrapper code :

<b:widget id='Redirector' locked='true' title='Blog Posts' type='Blog'>
<b:includable id='main'>
<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == "item"'>
<b:loop values='data:posts' var='post'>
<script type='text/javascript'>
var new_page='yournewblog.wordpress.com/';
var permalink = '<data:post.url/>';
var timestamp = '<data:post.timestamp/>';
timestamp = timestamp.split('/');
timestamp = timestamp[2]+'/'+timestamp[0]+'/'+timestamp[1];
new_page = permalink.replace(/youroldblog\.blogspot\.com\/2007\/[0-9]{2}/,new_page+timestamp);
new_page = new_page.replace(/\.html$/,'');
document.location.href = new_page;
</script>
</b:loop>
</b:if>
</b:includable>
</b:widget>

Because this serves as your redirects.

And after applying it, I got this error message:

The new widget id “redirector” ; is invalid for type: Blog

It basically tells you that that whole first line of code in the script below, is wrong. I’m not sure which part though; I ain’ts no developer!

Some other commenters encountered the same error. Unfortunately I could still find no resolution in any forum whatsoever. All the top page ranking blogs that covered this topic merely blow you off, don’t offer a fix to their bugs, and/or tell you to go get the damn plug-in!~

However, even as I erased all this snippet of code:

<b:widget id='Redirector' locked='true' title='Blog Posts' type='Blog'>
<b:includable id='main'>
<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == "item"'>
<b:loop values='data:posts' var='post'>
<script type='text/javascript'>
var new_page='yournewblog.wordpress.com/';
var permalink = '<data:post.url/>';
var timestamp = '<data:post.timestamp/>';
timestamp = timestamp.split('/');
timestamp = timestamp[2]+'/'+timestamp[0]+'/'+timestamp[1];
new_page = permalink.replace(/youroldblog\.blogspot\.com\/2007\/[0-9]{2}/,new_page+timestamp);
new_page = new_page.replace(/\.html$/,'');
document.location.href = new_page;
</script>
</b:loop>
</b:if>
</b:includable>
</b:widget>

And applied everything else, my blogspot address still resulted in the 301 Redirect.

You want proof? www.supermunk.blogspot.com ! Here’s SuperMunk’s 301 Redirect:

BUT, I didn’t add that string of code above , because I kept getting the error message, which I found was universal amongst other forums. Such as this blog comments from another site:

“The new widget id “Redirector” is invalid for type: Blog” and will not allow me to save the template.

Which was the same damn problem I kept having. Ugh! And I remembered before Blogger Beta, the old Blogger had such issues with <b:> tags.

So being the smart monkey that I am, I simply erased that part of the attributes within the code.

SO, if – <b:widget id='Redirector' locked='true' title='Blog Posts' type='Blog'>

THEN remove, – <widget id='Redirector' locked='true' title='Blog Posts'type='Blog'>

Remove the b: within all the attributes. And that’s it!

Please note: I’d like to mention at this time that after you remove it and Save Changes, you will be notified that Blogger has saved the changes. BUT, when you go back to check it, it dissappears and don’t ask me why.

Honestly, I can’t believe after all the sites I read that I was the only one to crack that code bug! Dayuuum I am proud of myself! Like a, a self-proud monkey!

Ok enough gloating…so after this I went into my FeedBurner acct. and updated it with my new URL. Only time will tell if it worked properly. Time will also show the progression of my newly diverted traffic flow. So now it’s my feed I’m anxious about and not so much my readers. They already know where I’m at! (^^)

Oh, and here is a list of those sites I went to visit to find all this info:

Uh-hunh…you’re welcome!