Sig files, affiliate links, and link spamming

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Okay. This has gotten waaay out of hand. Folks, you need to read the rules if you're going to have links in your signature files.

I am turning off sig files for everyone I see that's posting a lot of very short posts and has SEO-styled links in their sig files. Don't kid yourself. We know what you're doing.

If it's not your site, or a recognized charity, or an ad posted by you in this forum, leave out the link.

Also, if you think posting a link to your domain with a templated affiliate site is a way around the "no affiliate links" rule, you'd better read those again. That is specifically forbidden. I've seen dozens of sites linked from sig files that have the exact same page, with one exception. It's signed (adjusted to avoid naming names):

"Chas Farnsworth and [affiliate name]," and has Chas's picture along with the picture of the affiliate.

Just don't. That is creating exactly the kind of nonsense the rule was put in place to prevent. People posting large numbers of short, content-free posts, or posting to "strategically" expose their sig links.

It doesn't matter whose program the link is for. It doesn't matter how good the program may or may not be. We don't care that the program operator may have told you this is a good strategy. It may be elsewhere, but it's not allowed here. Follow their advice at your own risk.

While we're at it, posting ads in someone else's WSO or classified thread, or posting a lot of one-liners in paid ad threads to get sig file exposure, is an excellent way to find yourself with some extra free time this summer.

And I think I speak for the majority of the members when I say... If you're only here for the exposure or link juice you get for your sig file, go somewhere else.


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    • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
      Originally Posted by R Hagel View Post

      splorf!

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        Originally Posted by Paul Myers View Post

        splorf!

        "I'll have the fillet of kitten, with the butterfly sauce. A side of braised unicorn horns, if it's in season. And please don't seat that man with the dark sunglasses next to us? He's been following me all day."


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        • Profile picture of the author FredJones
          Detecting a site that "you own" is difficult I guess from a mod perspective... So what is probably sensible is to link to your/someone else's Warrior Forum posts and/or to web pages that are not affiliate linked sales pages, directly or indirectly.

          Just my 2 cents.
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    • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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      Originally Posted by R Hagel View Post

      Good reminder!

      Becky


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      lol ... there's always one in every group. Link spamming the link spamming thread.
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Meaney
      Originally Posted by R Hagel View Post

      Uh oh I've been busted!
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      • Profile picture of the author chumpschimps
        Originally Posted by powerfulprince View Post

        Mike Meanley,
        hahaha lol!!!! I like your title about Obama. It's unique. I give you props for that one
        How many spammers is this in an anti-spamming thread???

        It just shows the extent of the problem really, doesn't it?

        I'm a relative newcomer but is it always like this? Things seem to have got worse in the last week, or is it just me?

        I've got to the point where I feel guilty about reporting so many posts today.
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        • Profile picture of the author tpw
          Originally Posted by chumpschimps View Post

          I'm a relative newcomer but is it always like this? Things seem to have got worse in the last week, or is it just me?

          I've got to the point where I feel guilty about reporting so many posts today.

          It has actually gotten really bad since the first of the year.

          You should not feel at all guilty about hitting the report button. Just because you report does not mean anything will be done. You are simply flagging the post so that the mods can take a look. They will make the final call.

          I have been hitting the Report button much more in the last two weeks, than ever before.
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          • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
            Originally Posted by tpw View Post

            It has actually gotten really bad since the first of the year.

            You should not feel at all guilty about hitting the report button. Just because you report does not mean anything will be done. You are simply flagging the post so that the mods can take a look. They will make the final call.

            I have been hitting the Report button much more in the last two weeks, than ever before.
            Yup...

            I hadn't seen the warning about waiting 60 seconds between reports for awhile. Hit it twce this week...
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            • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
              Originally Posted by myob View Post

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              Originally Posted by myob View Post

              For changes to be of any true value, they've got to be lasting and consistent.

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              Dang it, Paul, make up your mind what your name is, will ya?

              Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post

              Yup...

              I hadn't seen the warning about waiting 60 seconds between reports for awhile. Hit it twce this week...
              Yup, me too. That's the one rule that I don't like much. I'm impatient.
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              • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
                IM Gold,

                Your posts were deleted because, out of 59 posts, 3 were more than a single line of text. Most added nothing at all to the discussions.

                As far as WSOs, you should be able to ask any pre-sales questions in the thread itself. Afterward, any WSO seller is required to have some form of contact point that's available outside the forum.


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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Shook
      Originally Posted by R Hagel View Post

      Good reminder!

      Becky


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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Hlatky
    Originally Posted by Paul Myers View Post

    While we're at it, posting ads in someone else's WSO or classified thread, or posting a lot of one-liners in paid ad threads to get sig file exposure, is an excellent way to find yourself with some extra free time this summer.
    I think that this is also a very important item to bring up. I see this happening A LOT and it really does suck.

    When I reported someone for posting a one liner on one of my WSOs, it was taken down right away
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  • Profile picture of the author weblink29
    Promoting Kitten Recipes. I hadn't thought of that one. I'm off to do some keyword research
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    • Profile picture of the author Alan Ashwood
      Originally Posted by weblink29 View Post

      Promoting Kitten Recipes. I hadn't thought of that one. I'm off to do some keyword research
      Toooo late mate.

      I've got the market sewn up with my sites:

      Kwik Kitten Kebabs
      Kitten Recipes for Vegans
      Kitten Fast Forced Fattening Methods
      Kitten Tenderising for Fun and Profit
      1001 Unpleasant But Profitable Things to Do With Kittens
      46 Kitten Microwave Recipes
      Kitten Badminton and Tennis Supplies
      iKitten. Soft Parking for Your mp3 Player.
      How To make Kitten Slipper In One Day
      Kitten and Puppy Fighting for Profit
      Please, will somebody still speak to me?

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      • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
        Originally Posted by Alan Ashwood View Post

        Toooo late mate.

        I've got the market sewn up with my sites:
        Kwik Kitten Kebabs
        Kitten Recipes for Vegans
        Kitten Fast Forced Fattening Methods
        Kitten Tenderising for Fun and Profit
        1001 Unpleasant But Profitable Things to Do With Kittens
        46 Kitten Microwave Recipes
        Kitten Badminton and Tennis Supplies
        iKitten. Soft Parking for Your mp3 Player.
        How To make Kitten Slipper In One Day
        Kitten and Puppy Fighting for Profit
        Please, will somebody still speak to me?

        Alan
        Hiding somewhere in England.
        I dont know about you guys, but this is hilarious!

        Out of interest I just googled tinfoil hats and Warriors came up 2nd!












        ...you looked didnt you?
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  • Profile picture of the author Fazal Mayar
    thanks for the reminder paul, I think I will have to change my sig.
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  • Profile picture of the author BloggingPro
    Damn I didn't think anyone even paid attention to my sig line.
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  • Profile picture of the author leegs
    Hi Paul,

    I think it is a good reminder for those newcomers, and even seasoned warriors who might not know that the do's and dont's in this forum.

    I believe you have emphasized an important element here and it will be definitely be an useful advice for them when they want to leave their links in the signature file.

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    • Profile picture of the author dre94114
      To be fair there have been WSO's that told people specifically that using their affiliate links in their sig file on forums was a great way to make money and drive traffic, so I can see how newbies or those who weren't familiar with the forum's rules would be doing this.
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  • Profile picture of the author The Copy Nazi
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    Well I think thats very unfair. I posted this link as a public service. Millions of people around the world want to know "How to Teach Your Chihuahua to Dance"


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    • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
      Originally Posted by The Copy Nazi View Post

      The secret? Well it involves Mexican Marching Powder, a length of rope and a taco.
      Oh, come on, Mal. Tell the truth...

      Too much tequila, and you thought your date was talking on that iPhone, not recording your escapades.


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      • Profile picture of the author Sire
        I don't have a problem with this at all. I have the same problem on my blog sites. Sure I have a dofollow blogs and I want to reward my commentators for leaving a comment, but that's no reason for them to abuse the privilege.

        I now have a comment policy and spam filters installed and for those who still managed to get through but didn't adhere to the comment policy I either delete their comment or spam them so that the filters pick them up the next time through.

        I pride myself on the quality of my posts and I expect the same from my commentators.
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  • Profile picture of the author mytoy78
    Hey can someone check this please....the link in my sig is not going to 'my site', but rather a service that I offer on fiverr.

    Also another question, can you use your sig to redirect to your own WSO?

    Guidance would be appreciated.

    Colin Armour
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Shook
      Originally Posted by mytoy78 View Post

      Hey can someone check this please....the link in my sig is not going to 'my site', but rather a service that I offer on fiverr.

      Also another question, can you use your sig to redirect to your own WSO?

      Guidance would be appreciated.

      Colin Armour
      You can link to your own WSO in your sig file. You cannot post a WSO Pro affiliate link to a WSO in your sig file.

      Fiverr I don't know about. I would err on the side of caution, however. and leave it out unless you get explicit permission for including it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Isaiah Jackson
    Wow thanks for the guy who sent me this link, I really appreciate it I really do guess I got to making some changes now even though the sig link is going to my website but okay I will follow the rules
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Paul, thanks for the tip, reminder, warning, whatever you want to call it. It's definitely timely.

      Here's a return favor...

      The butterfly sauce is highly overrated. Stick with the Kitten Parmesan and a hearty red - you won't regret it...
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  • Profile picture of the author markowe
    I report a lot of these - the one-liner variety - but... aren't they mostly drive-by jobs, or even bots (especially the respun-post jobs)? Just wondering if this is preaching to the converted... It's good for members to know, though, that this stuff is going on and that it can be reported, and the mods are usually on it in minutes, if not seconds. Far too many go unreported though, you see people who have racked up almost 100 one-liner fluff posts in the space of a couple of hours and you wonder how they've got away with it! If it looks like spam and smells like spam...
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  • Profile picture of the author markowe
    Yes, you did see right - someone actually spammed this thread. *shakes head*
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  • Profile picture of the author GeorgiaB
    Great post, Paul.

    Thanks for your reminder.

    Best regards,
    Georgia.
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  • Profile picture of the author lgibbon
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    Originally Posted by Paul Myers View Post

    I am turning off sig files for everyone I see that's posting a lot of very short posts and has SEO-styled links in their sig files. Don't kid yourself. We know what you're doing.
    Can we include people that decide to bump up all their old posts to this Paul?
    There's another troll performing.
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  • Profile picture of the author JudyR
    Hi. I am new to the forum (been lurking and buying WSOs for a year or so but only recently joined) and need some advcie about my signature.

    I have read the rules so I know the website must be my own (which it is), but I can't see if I am allowed to have seperate links to different pages within that site.

    i.e. click on "mystery shopping" and it takes you to the mystery shopping page of the main website, click on "text marketing" and it takes you to the text marketing page of the main website etc etc

    Any advice would be welcome - don't want to get banned before I've even gotten started!

    Thanks in advance.
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    • Profile picture of the author Gail_Curran
      Originally Posted by JudyR View Post

      I have read the rules so I know the website must be my own (which it is), but I can't see if I am allowed to have seperate links to different pages within that site.
      Yes, quite a few people do that. Just make useful comments and ask sensible questions so you're not confused with signature link spammers. Then no one will have cause to complain about your sig.
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        • Profile picture of the author Gail_Curran
          Originally Posted by JudyR View Post

          where's the "thanks" button so I can register a thanks to people for their help without actually making a post ?
          You can't see the button until you make a certain number of posts (don't know how many). So just keep making good posts and you'll be able to thank people soon.
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          • Profile picture of the author JudyR
            Just one more idiot newbie question (at least for now!).....

            Is it better forum etiquette to post a quick "thanks" to someone who's helped me, or will that look like a one-line-post added just to increase my post count.

            I'll thank those who answer in advance now- THANKS




            Originally Posted by Gail_Curran View Post

            You can't see the button until you make a certain number of posts (don't know how many). So just keep making good posts and you'll be able to thank people soon.
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            • Profile picture of the author JudyR
              Ignore that question I just asked - I can now see the "thanks" button so I guess I've reached the required number of posts.




              Originally Posted by JudyR View Post

              Just one more idiot newbie question (at least for now!).....

              Is it better forum etiquette to post a quick "thanks" to someone who's helped me, or will that look like a one-line-post added just to increase my post count.

              I'll thank those who answer in advance now- THANKS
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              • Profile picture of the author azmanar
                Originally Posted by JudyR View Post

                Ignore that question I just asked - I can now see the "thanks" button so I guess I've reached the required number of posts.
                Hi Judy,

                I couldn't see my THANKS button when I first joined WF.

                Really thought it was reserved for a special set of people only.

                Then, it was suddenly there to use.
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            • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
              Originally Posted by JudyR View Post

              Just one more idiot newbie question (at least for now!).....

              Is it better forum etiquette to post a quick "thanks" to someone who's helped me, or will that look like a one-line-post added just to increase my post count.

              I'll thank those who answer in advance now- THANKS
              Judy, I gave up on finding your "idiot newbie question", so I'll just answer the one in the post :p...

              If all you have to say is "thanks", use the button. If you have more to add, go ahead and make the post. If it's your thread (you asked the original question), and someone goes above and beyond to answer it, it's definitely appropriate to post your thanks.
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              • Profile picture of the author myob
                Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.

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                • Profile picture of the author myob
                  We get paid for bringing value to the market place.

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                • Profile picture of the author Jaymark
                  Originally Posted by myob View Post

                  Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.

                  - Benjamin Franklin
                  The quote by Benjamin Franklin kind of says it all. Provide something of value and it will benefit you in the long run. But it's important to share without immediate expectation of benefit or reward. There are many people here on the forum who have gone through a lot and can offer information or suggestions to help others.

                  I've certainly learned a lot just reading these posts and have been able to share some of my experiences and lessons learned with others. It comes down to adding value. If you do so, people will respect what you have to say and may eventually be interested in working with you. In any case I can't imagine a that a one line post would get much response unless the sig file is one big obnoxious ad. If that's the case then please take a hike and promote your ad somewhere else.
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    I know the SEO forum gets hammered late at night (EST) from India spammers.

    It would be nice If a member had to have 500 post before sigs are activated, & then maybe a manual review just to see If they are spammers or real forum members. Only do the manual review after 500 post + a request from the new member. That would cut down a lot of this spamming crap IMO.

    BTW, the spammers will never read this thread.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mike Anthony
      Originally Posted by yukon View Post

      I know the SEO forum gets hammered late at night (EST) from India spammers.

      .
      Actually I have seen regulars here that sell their SEO services doing this as well. Never could understand why you would expose your customer's sites to a marketing community for that kind of a link. You give away your customers keyword research, your link strategies (not just the link in the sig but your entire link strategy because people can then do backlink checks against the site you are linking to) and all kinds of reverse engineering tidbits.

      maybe because I get paid a bit more I try and protect my customers sites but it just seems so counter productive. Over the years those kinds of links have lost a lot of luster. Just not worth it.
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      • Profile picture of the author yukon
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        Originally Posted by Mike Anthony View Post

        Actually I have seen regulars here that sell their SEO services doing this as well. Never could understand why you would expose your customer's sites to a marketing community for that kind of a link. You give away your customers keyword research, your link strategies (not just the link in the sig but your entire link strategy because people can then do backlink checks against the site you are linking to) and all kinds of reverse engineering tidbits.

        maybe because I get paid a bit more I try and protect my customers sites but it just seems so counter productive. Over the years those kinds of links have lost a lot of luster. Just not worth it.
        Agreed,

        It's not complicated to reverse engineer, once you have a single link seospyglass will find a large percentage of all their backlinks.

        Still, I see a lot more India SEO spammers. I'm sure the guys I see are only a small fraction of what the WF Mods find.
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  • Profile picture of the author tpw
    Originally Posted by Paul Myers View Post

    "Chas Farnsworth and [affiliate name]," and has Chas's picture along with the picture of the affiliate.

    Oh, this guy?



    Now that I have my one-liner in this thread, don't look at my sig.
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    • Profile picture of the author myob
      Each Warrior wants to leave the mark of his will, his signature, on important acts he touches. This is not the voice of ego but of the human spirit, rising up and declaring that it has something to contribute to the solution of the hardest problems, no matter how vexing!

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    How long will signature links be suspended for?
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    • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
      Originally Posted by uebomoyi View Post

      How long will signature links be suspended for?
      They're not all going to be suspended but what he's saying is, that for people that take the piss, they will be.

      I am turning off sig files for everyone I see that's posting a lot of very short posts and has SEO-styled links in their sig files. Don't kid yourself. We know what you're doing.
      ...and if you mean how long will they be suspended if you don't do as he says, forever I hope along with a nice fat ban.
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      • Profile picture of the author myob
        For changes to be of any true value, they've got to be lasting and consistent.

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        • Profile picture of the author yukon
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          Originally Posted by myob View Post

          For changes to be of any true value, they've got to be lasting and consistent.

          - Tony Robbins
          LMAO!

          Benjamin Franklin
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          All your comments are quotes, are you shy? Speak up!

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          • Profile picture of the author azmanar
            Originally Posted by yukon View Post

            LMAO!

            All your comments are quotes, are you shy? Speak up!

            [just playing]
            Hi Yukon,

            MYOB just want to bump-up this thread to reach as many warriors as possible.
            Otherwise it gets buried deeper pretty quickly.

            Warriors better heed Paul's warning. The way he puts it,
            I think this would the last one.
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            • Profile picture of the author yukon
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              Originally Posted by azmanar View Post

              Hi Yukon,

              MYOB just want to bump-up this thread to reach as many warriors as possible.
              Otherwise it gets buried deeper pretty quickly.

              Warriors better heed Paul's warning. The way he puts it,
              I think this would the last one.
              What's that about?

              I said I was playing, you even quoted me saying that. :rolleyes:
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              • Profile picture of the author myob
                Originally Posted by yukon View Post

                What's that about?

                I said I was playing, you even quoted me saying that. :rolleyes:
                azmanar was referring to Paul Myers' warning.
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  • Profile picture of the author Heidi White
    I just spotted an affiliate link in someone's sig.

    So far, I've never done my "You're the Moderator" duties.

    What happens when you Report/Flag someone.

    Does the person know who ratted them out?
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    • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
      Originally Posted by MostlyHarmless View Post

      What happens when you Report/Flag someone.
      It gets flagged for the moderators. We review them and decide which ones need handling and which are okay. I just looked at one that looked like an affiliate link (not your report) and actually wasn't. That happens fairly often. We'd rather look at ones that aren't than miss the ones that are, so that's okay.
      Does the person know who ratted them out?
      No, and we don't tell them, either.


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      • Profile picture of the author Heidi White
        Originally Posted by Paul Myers View Post

        It gets flagged for the moderators. We review them and decide which ones need handling and which are okay. I just looked at one that looked like an affiliate link (not your report) and actually wasn't. That happens fairly often. We'd rather look at ones that aren't than miss the ones that are, so that's okay.No, and we don't tell them, either.


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        In the case of the one I found (but forgot to subscribe to - so, I still may never report it), it was an obvious affiliate link - because the domain name had /af=BUNCHOFNUMBERS at the end.
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        • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
          Originally Posted by MostlyHarmless View Post

          In the case of the one I found (but forgot to subscribe to - so, I still may never report it), it was an obvious affiliate link - because the domain name had /af=BUNCHOFNUMBERS at the end.
          Yep. That'd be an affiliate link. If one of us looked at it, the thing is gone already. We don't see them all immediately, obviously. But we try.


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  • Profile picture of the author Heidi White
    I went back and re-read the forum rules about affiliate promotions in your sig link.

    I was operating under the misconception that you couldn't promote an affiliate product at all. Turns out - you just can't link to their sales page directly and that you have to create your own domain first (with a real web page - not just a redirect - I assume)

    If you want to promote an affiliate program do it on your own domain. Your own web site. Not a "pre-made" web site. Your own web site, a real one. Then put THAT web site in your sig file.

    This is cool.
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    • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
      MH,

      The thing to watch for is that the content on your site that promotes the affiliate program must NOT be a cloned site offered by the affiliate merchant, or similar silliness. If you do a legitimate review, or link from a real article, or do some other form of pre-sell based on your own content, you're generally good to go.

      Having said that, I'm sure there's something out there that fits the description and still wouldn't be appropriate. But we can't predict all possible edge cases, so...


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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    Paul, theres a great community of people here. Im sure between those who frequent this place and do the right thing, we can all work together to stay on top of things.
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    • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
      Originally Posted by ramone_johnny View Post

      Paul, theres a great community of people here. Im sure between those who frequent this place and do the right thing, we can all work together to stay on top of things.
      Well said Johnny.

      The member moderation is a very good thing, especially when you see one persons recent trolling post (which was frankly the sickest comment I've ever seen in my life, that's no exaggeration) against a certain member in the last few days, the nonsense one liners (Lol nice one), the blatant link spam and other such rubbish.

      I was on hand to report the said comment above and I can honestly tell you if it had been said in front of me, I'd have been at her majesties pleasure for a long, long time. I'm obviously not going to digress further but suffice to say it was gone within 30 seconds of me and no doubt many others, reporting it...and quite rightly so.
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  • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
    Originally Posted by yonus View Post

    It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice. Just a thank you it is mighty powerful information.
    Oh the irony and there you are link spamming this thread of all threads, as you're doing in all of your other posts.
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    • Profile picture of the author chumpschimps
      Originally Posted by Richard Van View Post

      Oh the irony and there you are link spamming this thread of all threads, as you're doing in most of your other threads.
      Ironic indeed... This person has even posted exactly the same words in another thread http://www.warriorforum.com/copywrit...et-holmes.html

      Looks like they've eaten a 'useless quotes for backlinks' book for breakfast
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      • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
        Originally Posted by chumpschimps View Post

        Ironic indeed... This person has even posted exactly the same words in another thread http://www.warriorforum.com/copywrit...et-holmes.html

        Looks like they've eaten a 'useless quotes for backlinks' book for breakfast
        Not only that if you look at his other posts, he just blatantly goes on about that Dallas Dentist, doesn't even attempt to be subtle.
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        • Profile picture of the author tpw
          Originally Posted by Richard Van View Post

          Not only that if you look at his other posts, he just blatantly goes on about that Dallas Dentist, doesn't even attempt to be subtle.

          Wow... Blasting spam on a thread that warns against such behaviors...

          Then leaving a trail that proves that the signature links are considered more important than the value of the community.

          Is it possible that the guide that he read telling him how to spam forums for link value did not bother to tell him how to be subtle or welcome in the community? :p
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        • Profile picture of the author chumpschimps
          Originally Posted by Richard Van View Post

          Not only that if you look at his other posts, he just blatantly goes on about that Dallas Dentist, doesn't even attempt to be subtle.
          I noticed that too... Perhaps we say 'goodbye' now.

          I'm amazed at the increase in the number of blatant spammers this week - I think I've clicked the report button 3 or 4 times alreday this morning.
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  • Profile picture of the author tpw
    Originally Posted by yonus View Post

    It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice. Just a thank you it is mighty powerful information.

    Sometimes people learn more if you smack em on the head, than if you are nice to them.

    I am nice to my kids often, but they also know that corporal punishment awaits them when they do wrong. :p And they will be better kids for it.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    Actually, the main forum is a lot "cleaner" than the subforums. Ever read much in the SEO forum? There's a ton of one-liners, cookie stuffing, threads that read like a WSO that the OP is clearly conducting business in for free. Many "people" with names like Dallas Dentist, and Maryland Personal Property Law, etc. It's a mess.

    Actually, I feel out of place posting there, but also reporting as I have no idea if that forum is held to a different standard or a lesser standard.
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    • Profile picture of the author Karan Goel
      Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

      Actually, the main forum is a lot "cleaner" than the subforums. Ever read much in the SEO forum? There's a ton of one-liners, cookie stuffing, threads that read like a WSO that the OP is clearly conducting business in for free. Many "people" with names like Dallas Dentist, and Maryland Personal Property Law, etc. It's a mess.

      Actually, I feel out of place posting there, but also reporting as I have no idea if that forum is held to a different standard or a lesser standard.
      Exactly.

      And I think that's because of the incredibly
      huge amount of activity in the main forum
      as compared to other sub-forums.

      I vote for this thread to be sticky for a few days.




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        PS: Paul, can I include a sig image, like the one
        I've used now?
        If you're referring to the graphic above, it's probably better to leave it out. It adds nothing to the conversation, and will tend to encourage others to do the same. That could slow down load times for the other members.


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        • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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          Originally Posted by Paul Myers View Post

          If you're referring to the graphic above, it's probably better to leave it out. It adds nothing to the conversation, and will tend to encourage others to do the same. That could slow down load times for the other members.


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          And then will come all the geniuses who cleverly wrap the innocent looking signature in either affiliate urls or urls to stuff cookies. It's inevitable.
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        • Profile picture of the author Karan Goel
          Originally Posted by Paul Myers View Post

          If you're referring to the graphic above, it's probably better to leave it out. It adds nothing to the conversation, and will tend to encourage others to do the same. That could slow down load times for the other members.


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          Alright. Thanks for clearing that up, Paul.

          I actually have that graphic in a few posts, just
          wanted to ask.

          Will make sure it's not in any future posts.

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    • Profile picture of the author Ken Strong
      Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

      Actually, the main forum is a lot "cleaner" than the subforums. Ever read much in the SEO forum? There's a ton of one-liners, cookie stuffing, threads that read like a WSO that the OP is clearly conducting business in for free. Many "people" with names like Dallas Dentist, and Maryland Personal Property Law, etc. It's a mess.

      Actually, I feel out of place posting there, but also reporting as I have no idea if that forum is held to a different standard or a lesser standard.
      Everyone should feel just fine about reporting things in any section. I think the mods do tend to concentrate their attention on the Main Forum, because that's where most of the traffic is, and the WSO Forum, since the complaints there tend to be more complicated and time-consuming.

      As a result, some of the sub-sections are pretty bad at times. I'm afraid to go into some of them after dark. But please do report anything that needs reporting, no matter where it is.
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      • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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        Originally Posted by Ken Strong View Post

        Everyone should feel just fine about reporting things in any section. I think the mods do tend to concentrate their attention on the Main Forum, because that's where most of the traffic is, and the WSO Forum, since the complaints there tend to be more complicated and time-consuming.

        As a result, some of the sub-sections are pretty bad at times. I'm afraid to go into some of them after dark. But please do report anything that needs reporting, no matter where it is.
        lol. I'm afraid to go in after dark too. But thanks for the clarification. I just don't want to waste my time there if it won't do any good, but if it will, I could spend a little time there occasionally.
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  • Profile picture of the author IM Gold
    Hi,
    I'm a bit of a newbie here but thought I understood the rules. yesterday all my posts where deleted and my sig was flagged as an affiliate link even though it wasn't and it was linking to a site i own. I can see that it looked like an aff link as i added tracking code to see where hits (if any) where coming from.

    I have purchased several WSO's already and have my eye on more but the inability to PM WSO sellers is really hampering me :-(

    Will i ever get my sig links function back? Will I ever be able to get to 50 posts so i can PM people?
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