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Tricky MFA Submissions

Discussion in 'Directories' started by Rod_Purnell, Jul 20, 2006.

  1. #1
    Just wondering how many other directory owners are receiving submissions of MFA web sites without the Adsense ads? I get a ton of them here lately.

    What's happening is that people are submitting their MFA sites to directories and once they are accepted by a few, that's when they put in the Adsense code.

    Anyone else seeing this?
     
    Rod_Purnell, Jul 20, 2006 IP
  2. uca

    uca Peon

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    #2
    wow, that's clever!

    anyway, no, not yet, my main problem is unrelated (I mean totally unrelated) submissions.
     
    uca, Jul 20, 2006 IP
  3. droolingmnky

    droolingmnky Active Member

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    Yeah I've gotten a few, I don't understand why they even bother. What normal person registers keyword-keyword-keyword-keyword . info not only that but you can still see the gaping holes where the adsense would be.
     
    droolingmnky, Jul 20, 2006 IP
  4. iowadawg

    iowadawg Prominent Member

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    #4
    So to cut down the submissions to my directories from all these spam sites, I activated my verification form.
    Poor!
    From about 10 spam submissions per hour to nothing!

    Does make it odd though, to view the sites and see these big white rectangles at the top, and in other places just a big white blob.

    From what I have gathered, the majority of these must be automated submissions, because too many come at the same time.
    And only to my free directories which are in a few auto submitters.

    Making me rethink the value of letting people use an auto submitter for a given amount per month.
    $20 bucks is nothing to a spammer, and getting to use an auto submitter must be like nirvana to them!
     
    iowadawg, Jul 20, 2006 IP
  5. YMC

    YMC Well-Known Member

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    #5
    Ok, While I haven't used a submission service and am submitting all my sites by hand. I did submit a site that I intended to put Adsense on and since have. I didn't have giant white blocks, but I did have a third column that was extremely short as the ads weren't there.

    In my case, I'm probably an extreme exception, I did not have an Adsense account and it was suggested that I get traffic coming to the site prior to adding the ads.

    While my site has 100% unique content written by me and based on my hits from search engines it is useful content, I could see where it looked like a MFA site trying to spam directories.

    Not making excuses for scum, just giving another perspective.
     
    YMC, Jul 20, 2006 IP
  6. iowadawg

    iowadawg Prominent Member

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    So you submit just one site like that, could be deleted as spam.
    If you submit say 2 or more sites at the same time, and all are good sites but that one, it may still be deleted.

    It is these idiots who spam my directories with 5-10-20 spam sites at a time.
    One idiot, since I keep delelting all his info-about-cancer-is-all-in-my-articles.info (why do spammers bother to register such weird domains?), just keeps submitting!
    With my verification, aint seen a site from him yet.
     
    iowadawg, Jul 20, 2006 IP
  7. GTech

    GTech Rob Jones for President!

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    I saw these, before I took my directory paid. Nothing stops a spammer so cold in their tracks as seeing a price to submit a link :D Though I must admit, a few have tried to sneak a free link in, even after I went paid. Takes all kinds, I guess.

    If you are using PHPLD, you can open your submit.php file and at the very top, add the following:

    
     * @link http://www.phplinkdirectory.com/
     * @copyright 2004-2006 NetCreated, Inc. (http://www.netcreated.com/)
     * @package PHPLinkDirectory
     * @version 3.0.x
     **/
    
    //spammers list
    if ($_REQUEST['OWNER_EMAIL'] == 'peqer@pntq.com') {exit;}
    if ($_REQUEST['OWNER_EMAIL'] == 'qutq@oqtonliqe.net') {exit;}
    if ($_REQUEST['OWNER_EMAIL'] == 'weqmaqter@scqqtaqart.com') {exit;}
    if ($_REQUEST['OWNER_EMAIL'] == 'weqmaqter_qqeer@yahoo.com') {exit;}
    if (strpos($_REQUEST['OWNER_EMAIL'], 'jqqlnqah.com')) {exit;}
    //add more here as needed
    $ip_address = GetEnv('REMOTE_ADDR');
    if (strpos($ip_address, '125.23.60.') === true) {exit;}
    if (strpos($ip_address, '125.23.49.') === true) {exit;}
    if (strpos($ip_address, '203.134.198.') === true) {exit;}
    if (strpos($ip_address, '203.91.133.') === true) {exit;}
    if (strpos($ip_address, '203.134.203.') === true) {exit;}
    if (strpos($ip_address, '59.93.204.') === true) {exit;}
    if (strpos($ip_address, '59.94.245.') === true) {exit;}
    if (strpos($ip_address, '209.128.236.') === true) {exit;}
    //add more here as needed
    
    Code (markup):
    Added some 'q's to the email addy's above.

    Basically, just replace the email addresses in the code with one's you get from spammers. Replace a partial IP address above with a partial from your spammers. When you get a new spam email address, just copy/paste a line, change the email address, upload your submit page and you can stop them cold.

    What this does is, before the submit.php page is processed, the code above checks your spammer list by email and IP. If a bad IP or email is found, then it exits the script all together. Meaning the submission isn't even added to the database.
     
    GTech, Jul 20, 2006 IP
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    dcristo Illustrious Member

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    #8
    Awesome info GTech thanks man!
     
    dcristo, Jul 20, 2006 IP
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    iowadawg Prominent Member

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    Thanks man for that one!
    Will be doing this to my directories.
     
    iowadawg, Jul 20, 2006 IP
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    uca Peon

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    #10
    Nice GTech!

    I love your new avatar too!

    :)
     
    uca, Jul 20, 2006 IP
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    Obelia Guest

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    #11
    I haven't seen anything like this, but then I get very few automated submissions coming through.

    YMC, I don't think your kind of site is what we're discussing here. If a site has real original content it's usually not MFA, whether or not the ads are there. On a true MFA there's nothing left when you take away the ads, keyword-stuffed navigation, duplicated articles, and other padding.
     
    Obelia, Jul 21, 2006 IP
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    YMC Well-Known Member

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    #12
    I suspected the sheer numbers of concurrent submissions is the tip off rather than just how the site looks.

    I love the code snippet! Anyone know how to do that for eSyndicat?
     
    YMC, Jul 21, 2006 IP
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    #13
    A simpler way would be to use an array or a text file. The text file can be ready into an array by using the file() function. Then you can just use, the in_array function ( http://www.php.net/in_array ) to check whether he is a spammer. For example:

    
    if(in_array($ip,$spamip_list)==TRUE)echo 'F*ck off spammer!!';exit;
    if(in_array($email,$spamemail_list)==TRUE)echo 'F*ck off spammer!!';exit;
    
    PHP:
    Or you can make a fancy interface.. that accepts IPs and emails to ban through a form and stores them in a text file or better yet, a database!! :D .
    That way, you just have to put in the ip in the form and click a button to ban the IP. The ideas I get... :D

    Or you can be boring... and just ban those IPs using .HTACCESS :D
    Just my 2c.

    [EDIT] My idea would need some tweaking to accept IP ranges, but it is possible....
    Thomas
     
    coderlinks, Jul 21, 2006 IP
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    jg123 Notable Member

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    I vote for coderlinks to make a plugin that is easy to use and doesn't involve opening files or uploading new files. You could get some serious backlinks or even charge a small fee for it.

    Add Question: does the paid version of phpld have the banning feature already?
     
    jg123, Jul 21, 2006 IP
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    droolingmnky Active Member

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    Yes you can ban domains, and ip addresses or ip ranges.
     
    droolingmnky, Jul 22, 2006 IP
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    Is that really tricky, though? It would seem that the content is what gives an MFA site the spammy look, rather than the fact that it has adsense on it.

    If a site looks good enough to approve for your directory without adsense, then wouldn't the site be okay with adsense?
     
    Mike Seiler, Jul 22, 2006 IP
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    EveryQuery Well-Known Member

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    Wow! Great code contributions by GTech and Coderlinks. Thanks alot fellas. :D
     
    EveryQuery, Jul 22, 2006 IP
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    CReed Notable Member

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    Yes! - Fantastic suggestions/code.
     
    CReed, Jul 23, 2006 IP
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    Blogmaster Blood Type Dating Affiliate Manager

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    I hate to say the same thing everyone does, but: This is great! Thanks :)
     
    Blogmaster, Aug 5, 2006 IP