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Spam: Stupid Pointless Annoying Messages in Emails, Comments, and Everywhere

No Colour Hat SEO Blog’s article, “Email, Spam, and Unsolicited Junk” is part of a series of an indepth look at spam email and comment spam, and other unsolicited junk that plagues us on the Internet and in our lives.

SPAM stands for Stupid Pointless Annoying Messages and sometime referred to the meaning of an excessive multiple posting such as in the blog comments and Usenet. There are many techniques of spamming and the medium used such as e-mail, search engines, weblogs, instant messaging, usenet newsgroups and mobile phone messaging.

E-mail spam is the most common and may be the oldest form of spamming on the internet. It involves sending identical or nearly identical messages to a large number of recipients. Unlike legitimate commercial e-mail, spam is generally sent without the explicit permission of the recipients that why it is called unsolicited e-mail and frequently contains various tricks and advanced techniques to bypass e-mail spam filters. For common terms it is called junk or garbage emails.

Explanations of what spam is and where it comes from, as well as suggestions on how to deal with it, fill the five part series. Part One addresses the basics of spam. Part Two explains how bulk email works and how it is legal and illegal. Part Three covers spam via newsgroups, usenet, instant messaging, cell phones, and other communication tools. Part Four gets into spamdexing, the process of spamming to try to manipulate the search engines algorithm and page rank by spammers and website administrators. Part Five, the last in the series, explains how to combat spammers and what not to do.

If you are plagued by unsolicited junk like email spam, comment spam, and/or are considering going beyond traditional and “clean” SEO techniques, you should take time to read these articles to help you understand your enemy and what not to do.

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  1. Harry
    Posted July 25, 2006 at 4:16 am | Permalink

    Can anybody help me about stopping spam mails in my email. Its getting about 200 spam emails daily.

  2. Posted July 25, 2006 at 6:21 am | Permalink

    First, the above referenced article will help. Second, use Mozilla Thunderbird for your email client. Third, check with your email service to find out how to turn on email spam filters. Fourth, there are thousands of articles out there, including this one, that will give you tons of advice on how to do this, and plenty of programs you can buy or get free that promise to help you limit email spam though it’s trial and error to find the right one. Personally, I used to get hundreds and hundreds a day and now I get 2-4 turning on the spam filter for my email service and using Thunderbird.

    Lastly, if it is really annoying you, then change to a high quality email service that has good spam filters. And NEVER, repeated NEVER, give out your legit email to anyone online except friends, co-workers, and family. Use your old email address for online requests of your email. The more public and shared your email is, the more likely it is to be used by email spammers.

  3. Posted July 28, 2007 at 11:30 pm | Permalink

    I have my spam blockers turned on and I still get 1000’s of spam emails a day. I have a whole bunch of domains and it’s getting to the point where it takes about an hour a day to sort my spam, set up filters and then delete all the junk.

    I don’t think that outlook express can even handle all the rules I’ve written, because every time I write a new one, some of the old junk starts coming back.

    So, I’ve decided to start posting the IP addresses, email addresses and headers to the spam I get. I don’t know if this is going to junk up the web worse, or let newbies know the email they just got from their bank is really a phishing trip. (That of course assumes they do a search and then read what I’ve written about each type of spam I get.)

    What are your thoughts on this?

  4. Posted July 29, 2007 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    re: antispam #3

    Posting the spammers just proliferates. And I doubt anyone new is going to check your site first before dealing with their own spam.

    As Lorelle says, get a heavy-duty email program and system instead of Outlook Express

    re-direct arriving spam to, or,

    Avoid Yahoo! newsgroups subscriptions

  5. Posted July 29, 2007 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    Antispam: Posting headers and IP addresses and such only encourages rather than discourages spammers, as has been proven time and time again over the years. Since they are after the link love, you’ve just given them plenty of it. Working with the triumvirate of comment spam protection for WordPress blogs really knocks most of them out of the park when it comes to blog comment spam. Email is harder to deal with, but I’ve found great results with Mozilla Thunderbird’s built in spam protection combined with my web host’s filtering program. Cuts out a lot of the junk and Thunderbird “learns” over time. Which is similar to what Akismet does for the WordPress and related programs community.

    We won’t kill of spam, via email or blogs, until we kill the income spammers make. Someone is still gullible and making them money. We have to educate EVERYONE to never click nor respond nor open an potential spam so all sources of potential income is removed. That’s the only way this will be stopped.

  6. Posted March 4, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    Fortunately for me, I haven’t had any problems with spam yet. Akismet does a good job of blocking them.

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