I probably shouldn’t write this, because as soon as I hit publish all hell will break loose, but I haven’t been receiving much spam lately. This is, of course, a good thing and something which I am grateful for, something which I do not really want to change, even though I do not, personally, have anything to do with removing the spammers attempts from my site. Everything is automated, and there is rarely a mistake made.
Still, now and then I do check to see what is happening, just in case a real message has been mistakenly filed in the wrong bit of the web, and this often brings – as I have written before – amusing things to light. Not just the male-oriented spams for penis growth and enhancing drugs, but those in Chinese or offering me SEO help; notably from sites with a far worse SEO rating than this one has.
Today, on the post How To Lose Customers Fast I found this gem:
Wonderful blog! I found it while surfing around on Yahoo News.
Do you have any suggestions on how to get listed in Yahoo News?
I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there!
The post is not about spam, but about paywalls and scaring potential customers off when you have an online shop, but it fits all the same. How likely am I to do business with a site that spams? On a scale of zero to zero…
The question is interesting, even if it is generated by a spambot: how to get listed, not just on Yahoo News, but anywhere.
For most sites which offer a unique search function, rather than linking to a specific search engine to do the work for them, the answer is simple: you register. This is so for Google, for Bing and most of the others. You go to the main site, look up their webmaster tools, register, and wait for them to check you ought.
With spam, and spammer web sites, it is even easier. You don’t need to register at all! Rather, the good sites check you out automatically, through the googlebot, for example, and make a quick decision. Is this a real, quality site offering something for the masses? Has it been linked to any unwanted advertising campaigns? When I set up this site, and helped with various other ones, one of the first visitors was the bot from Google. As soon as the site was registered and the DNS set, they came for a quick look. They’ve been coming back regularly ever since, and I send them – automatically through an XML site plan – notification of all changes and additions.
The difference is, those registered automatically tend to hit the Google Blacklist, and it is not easy to get off it once again. Your site is linked to spam? In you go, and there you stay until you apply for a reassessment. And that, for us all, is a good thing.
- Viktoria Michaelis.