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Fight Viagra Hackers

Joshua HardwickJoshua Hardwick

Blogs are a prime target for hackers.

Many target the blog commenting system to gain spammy links to their own (often dodgy) websites.

Such comments typically get auto-approved by WordPress and end up going live without human approval.

You can usually spot one of these spammy blog comments a mile off – they’ll generally be under the name “buy cheap viagra online”, “online gambling”, or something equally ridiculous.

Here’s an example:

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For webmasters, this is a big problem, as they’re unwittingly linking out to extremely dodgy sites and thus, hurting their chances of ranking in search engines.

If you can help spammed webmasters to fix this problem, they’ll usually be happy to reward you with a backlink.

Here’s the process:

  1. Find niche-related sites with “spammy” blog comments
  2. Alert the webmaster of the problem
  3. Help them to fix it
  4. Ask for a link

Finding these sites is the most difficult part, but with a bit of creativity, it’s pretty straightforward.

Begin by finding a list of industry-specific blog posts that have a bunch of comments – you can do this by using the Google search operator below:

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Paste this into Scrapebox (paid) or Simple SERP Scraper (Free) to gather a bunch of these URLs.

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The top 500 results should be plenty to get started.

Save these URLs in a .txt file, then utilise the Scrapebox Page Scanner Addon to search the HTML of the results for a specific string of text.

Search for phrases like “gambling” or “viagra” – if Scrapebox finds those words present in the HTML of the page, go ahead and check it out manually to confirm the presence of spam.

Here’s a quick tutorial for the Page Scanner (courtesy of loopline!):

If you find any issues, reach out to the webmaster via email/twitter and let them know about the problem using this template:

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If you get a response, work with them to resolve the problem (this can often involve a lot of emailing back and forth, so be prepared to put in the work).

Finally, once resolved, kindly ask them if they might consider linking to you on the page (or on another page of your choice).

9 times out of 10, they’ll be happy to do-so.

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