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Importance of Social Spam Removal

March 17, 2014 by Curtis Harrison

Social spam removal.

Just like thunder in the never-ending weather patterns, I’m back to remind you once again that maintaining your social media accounts on a daily basis is an absolute requirement, not a suggestion, to become and remain successful in the space. Sorry to beat a dead horse, but truth is truth.[read more]

How to Reduce Spam on Your Inbound Marketing Website

February 28, 2014 by Samantha Schultz

Reduce spam.

Did you know that bots account for up to 61.5% of traffic, according to this study? This bot traffic occurs for a variety of reasons. For example, Google uses bots to spider the internet. There are also spambots, who act maliciously to add advertising links. Regardless, accounting for fake traffic and avoiding spam should be on every inbound marketer’s radar.[read more]

What's Your Take on LinkedIn SWAM?

February 20, 2014 by Pankhuri Anand

LinkedIn SWAM.

This feature, called Site Wide Auto Moderation, or SWAM by the LinkedIn police says, “Any time a group member’s recent contribution to a group is marked as spam or flagged for not being relevant, that member’s posts to all their other groups are automatically subject to approval by group management.”[read more]

Social Spam Implications of the Twitter IPO

October 14, 2013 by Mark Risher

On Thursday, October 3rd, Twitter released its S-1 filing prior to its initial public offering. Interestingly, the filing included thirty two pages of risk factors, almost 50% more than Facebook, Groupon, and Google. Among those risk factors, “spam” is mentioned 27 times, and considerable attention is also paid to fraudulent user accounts.[read more]


Penguin 2.1 Rolls Through Town, Targets More Spam

October 12, 2013 by David Goehst

Penquin and Spam

Just as the Hummingbird is nesting in the back of Google's server farm, Penguin 2.1 comes back with swords drawn, waiting to slice the search engine optimization pros that have been playing games far too long. Learn more.[read more]

Spambook: How Story Bump Rewards Spammers and Fake Likes

September 13, 2013 by Shell Robshaw-Bryan

Facebook's Story Bump has resulted in a worse user experience. Over the past month, it has been much harder for me to see what I want to see, which I find inconvenient and irritating. Facebook claims Story Bump helps users to not miss popular content. I say rubbish, this simply gives Facebook the excuse to show ‘popular’ posts at the top of peoples feeds for longer.[read more]

How to Make Your Email Marketing Campaigns Spam-Proof

September 13, 2013 by Shalyn Dever

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Pick your advertisers and partners with extreme care. You’ll need to make sure you don’t promote advertisers and/or partners with iffy reputations. By doing so, your association with them can help drive up your ‘spam score’, and can wreck your reputation with your clientele at the same time.[read more]

Getting Off the Email Blacklist

August 27, 2013 by Samantha Stallard

Spam filters blocking you out? / shutterstock

Blacklists are designed to reduce spam. If you’ve been blacklisted, then many of your emails will not be delivered and you will notice a dramatic decrease in email open rates and an increase in bounce back messages. Here's what you can do about it.[read more]

Social Media Alchemy: Turning Spam into Engagement Gold

April 14, 2013 by Brad Friedman

reconsidering spam

Spam comments are a pain in the butt, they are made of evil, evil stuff. But, if you bring them out in the open, they can be quite funny, and be a unique way to engage with your audience.[read more]


Are We, Social Media Professionals, Destroying Social Media?

February 27, 2013 by Frank Eliason

The reality is brands are becoming the trolls, or spammers (at least in the way they do it today), which will hurt the social networks we use and cause people to find alternative places to track and participate in conversations.[read more]

How to Turn Off Social Media Spam

February 13, 2013 by Mike Allton

If you take a close look at your email inbox, you may notice that it's quickly getting filled with email notifications from all your social networks! These emails are interrupting your day and draining your precious time, so go through your networks and email notification preferences and do some housecleaning.[read more]


LinkedIn, Please Take on Group Spammers

July 20, 2012 by Seth Grimes

LinkedIn-group discussion spammers sure are annoying. If a group owner won't clean them out, LinkedIn, applying a bit of data science, could.[read more]


Why It's No Longer Safe to Click On Pinterest Images

April 18, 2012 by Hans Kullin

Spammers have made clicking on Pinterest images into a lottery, you never know where you will end up. The latest scam includes using a link from BBC's site in the UK to gain credibility, but in reality the link takes you to the spammer's site.[read more]

5 Tips to Avoid the Spam Folder and the Courtroom

December 22, 2011 by Stanford Smith

"In this guest post, Russell offers great insight into how to make sure that your email marketing doesn’t annoy your blog subscribers or get you into trouble. Of course, we are not attorneys and this is not legal advice…you know the drill."[read more]

Facebook Virus: Bestiality, Porn And Violent Images

November 15, 2011 by Nikki Peters

"According to experts, ZDnet, it's a virus being spread through links from user to user which is activated when someone thinks he or she is clicking on a link to a news story. Users feel upset that not enough has been done to address the issue, perfectly understandable when Facebook has failed to prevent it from spreading."[read more]

Four Good Reasons NOT to be a 'LinkedIn Smartypants'

June 8, 2011 by Jennifer Bishop

I think I’ve seen just about every trick in the book when it comes to being a SmartyPants (SP) with your LinkedIn Profile and Linkedin Strategies. However, with all the good stuff LinkedIn offers us, we do as users, sign a “user agreement form”, engaging us to be good LinkedIn citizens. Marketing 101 says you need to stand out amongst your competition, so do something different. Well this is absolutely true and there are hundreds of ways you can do this on LinkedIn without contravening the LinkedIn Terms of Service ( you read and agreed to these prior to obtaining your “free membership”). The Do’s and Don’ts of service terms which are legally binding can be found here:[read more]


Four Reasons Google’s Panda Update is Positive for the SEO Industry

May 3, 2011 by Alex Smith

The update to Google’s algorithm referred to by many as “Panda” has stirred a great deal of conversation within the search community, with its effects being felt by a number of high profile websites across the internet. Google has endeavoured to combat the effects of spam within its results for some time now, so it’s not really a surprise that the update penalised some of the link farms influencing search rankings.[read more]

10 Surefire Ways To Get Me To Avoid Your Twitter Account

April 27, 2011 by Sean Nicholson

10 things to make sure that I never read your tweets, never follow your account, and never engage with you (or your business) online. I have a feeling that I’m not alone in this and others use these very same standards to deciding whether to follow an account, so if you engage in some or all of these tactics…enjoy your social media solitude.[read more]

Is Facebook’s New Credibility Score A Popularity Contest?

February 1, 2011 by Suzanne Vara

  Facebook is finally going to unveil the bigger and better new version of their social commenting plugin. The new now old version was updated in October and gave us the ability to vote up or down a comment. The new version of the social commenting plugin is its own entire commenting system like a Disqus or Comment Luv. A new...[read more]

Is Google Doing It’s Part to Rid Twitter of Spam Bots?

December 28, 2010 by Suzanne Vara

  Google has recently confirmed that yes indeed they are using social signals in search algorithms/results. While at this time it is limited, they are considering Facebook and Twitter as viable resources to match search queries and provide users with the most relevant search results. It was bound to happen with the popularity of...[read more]