martinibuster - 6:53 pm on Nov 3, 2012 (gmt 0) [edited by: martinibuster at 8:00 pm (utc) on Nov 3, 2012]
Unprofessional North American Forum Spammers
There is a so-called white hat SEO site that recommends people visit forums and give answers to questions with "helpful" links back to their own site. They call it a "win-win" situation because the web publisher is answering questions and getting a link out of it. Needless to say there are a legion of North American mom and pops who follow that advice and having it backfire. I don't blame that site for all those spammers, but Unprofessional North American Forum Spammers have increased in the past year or so. Virtually none of them are interested in relationship building, brand building, or goodwill building. They are in it for the drive-by link.
Professional Forum Spammers
From what I see, a significant number are white label workers. They are hired by web designers/SEO practioners in North America and the UK to post to forums to promote small businesses who are likely paying peanuts. I have called several of the small businesses and they were shocked at what was being done to promote their businesses. I have spoken with some of the web designers and they have either been been clueless or without scruple.
The interesting and sad part is that there is no money in spamming forums for links because the bottom fell out of that method. You hardly see professionals spamming on their own behalf because it doesn't work anymore. The money is in duping small business owners with the technique.
They spam at odd hours of the night because that's the working hours in the country of origin, not for any strategic reason. Some of these spammers are pretty good at what they do. I won't go into tactics though.
I have banned a wide range of IP addys so for me professional forum spamming has been going down while unprofessional North American forum spamming has been holding steady.
[edited by: martinibuster at 8:00 pm (utc) on Nov 3, 2012]