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Mysite is suspended for SPAM



3:27 pm on Jan 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

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One of my site is suspended for spam since I have been asking the webmasters to add link on their site.accidently I send the adding link request to my web hosting company .So they suspended it. Do you think I will get any problem. I am kind of new to web site development.

Your help and input is really appreciated.



3:35 pm on Jan 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

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So they suspended it. Do you think I will get any problem.

Well, that's a bit of a problem right there, eh? If the site isn't online, it doesn't get much worse.

Couldn't you just change hosting companies?


3:38 pm on Jan 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Yes I am working on changing the hosting company.But do you think will I get any other problems.

How they can say a request to a web site owner as a spam?.


3:46 pm on Jan 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

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As for SE problems - if the site was down long enough to be seen as vanished, and so not listed anymore, you might have to work your way through a "sandbox" period with G. For MSN and Y, if the incoming links are still there, then maybe you'll be back sooner.

Wrt spam: if I see a link request in my Inbox that appears to be part of a mass-mailing, I regard it as spam. If it's personally directed to me, because the other webmaster thinks a link from my site would be pertinent, then I don't see it as spam.

Good luck with your return (but please, lay off the spam - it's a plague for most of us).


4:18 pm on Jan 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Many people who receive messages like you are sending mark them as spam in their anti-spam programs and many isp's have implemented "spam buttons" which make it easier to complain about a message than to actually delete it without registering a complaint.

ISP's can and often do send complaints to the companies hosting the sites sending out bulk spam The hosting company gets to decide if they want to have their IP(s) blacklisted or continue hosting your site. Earthlink and AOL are particularly vigorous in sending complaints to hosts. Oddly enough, most hosting companies will probably not be sympathetic to your cause, so you should expect the same thing to happen with other reputable hosting companies.

Times are changing and I think the days of being able to send bulk link requests without a negative repercussion are almost gone. Hopefully the days of a benefit from getting a billion inbound links from farms and scrapers are sunsetting as well.


4:55 pm on Jan 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for your reply. But you know I dont do mass emails usually I check site manually and ask for links.It is not bulk email thing Anyway I got a bad day today.

So in future how would I avoid these kind of problems.Any tips .Should I stop asking for links?.

Will I get any notice from any law forums?.


8:19 pm on Jan 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

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You're sending unsolicited messages to get something for yourself, generally from people/sites who don't know you. Your targets aren't likely to care that you sent an individualized message. And since spam-programs are often designed to make messages look personalized, there is little to distinguish your "message" from all the other spam. In my opinion, yes, your messages could easily be regarded as spam.

Realize that most link requests are bogus. I get loads of requests for "reciprocal" links from people with utterly unrelated sites who claim to have given me a link-to. But I don't need a link from a spammy scammy affiliate link-farm, and I sure don't want to link to such a site. If I reply to such a message, it is to request -- in the strongest terms -- that their link to my site (should it actually exist) be removed immediately.

That's not to say that all link requests will be ignored. I have a non-commercial educational site. In my site's early days, I would find related (not duplicating) sites that already contained lists of "recommended sites for [my topic]", and then would suggest that perhaps my page could usefully be added to that listing. Sometimes I heard back; sometimes I didn't. Sometimes I got the link; sometimes I didn't. But by making sure I didn't come off slimey ("I gave you something you didn't ask for, so now you owe me") or demanding, and by offering something for which they had already expressed a desire, I was usually successful.

So I have to ask: What sort of link-to's were you requesting? How "chunky" is the content on your site? How useful is your content, if any, to your target's users? How explicitly have your targets expressed an interest in what you offer?



8:29 pm on Jan 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Who is your host? It impresses me that they take SPAM so seriously. I mean they arre willing to give up revenue to elimate any spammers from their network.


10:34 pm on Jan 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

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You could ask your host to reinstate your domain whilst leaving email-sending disabled. I don't know why this is not standard practice in cases of this sort. Seems like overkill to suspend the whole domain.



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