All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Spam’

Instagram Has a Bot Problem, Despite ‘Purge’, Say Researchers

Instagram Has a Bot Problem, Despite ‘Purge’, Say Researchers

After looking at over 10.2 million accounts and studying the behavior of 20,000 purchased fake accounts, some Italian researchers have concluded that Instagram still has a bot problem. How bad is it? According to security researcher Andrea Stroppa, it’s not great. He says that up to 8 percent of Instagram’s over 300 million users are bots. This, despite a concerted …

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Some Brands Are Absolutely Dominated By Social Spam

It’s not news that spam plagues social media, but Networked Insights (via Marketing Land) recently put out some research looking into how it affects brands, and the conclusion is that data is pretty “dirty”. According to the report, 9% of all Twitter users who tweet in English are non-consumers. That’s not just spammers, but includes bots, celebrities, brand handles, and …

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Google Just Announced Another New Ranking Adjustment

Google just announced that it is cracking down on doorway pages with a new ranking adjustment, which will launch soon. Do you think doorways pages have been a noticeable problem in search results? Share your thoughts in the comments. Doorway pages have historically been known as pages created specifically to get in search results for various queries, and then send …

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You’re Going To Have A Hard Time Spamming Pinterest

Spam has historically been a problem on Pinterest, but it’s becoming less of one, according to the company. That’s a good thing considering that it’s now getting into monetization, and offering advertising options. Have you noticed a significant decrease in spam on Pinterest? Let us know in the comments. Pinterest shared some new stats on its spam fighting efforts as …

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Instagram Will Finally Verify Users as It Tops 300 Million

Instagram has just announced a significant milestone – 300 million users. The company says that its user base now shares over 70 million photos and videos every day and CEO Kevin Systrom says that 70 percent is international. Alongside this milestone announcement, Instagram is also unveiling a few changes to the app. First off, the company is finally making the …

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Is The Matt Cutts Era Over?

It’s not 100% clear yet, but it’s looking like for webmasters and SEOs, the era of Matt Cutts is a thing of the past. His career at Google may continue, but it doesn’t sound like he’ll be the head of webspam going forward. Would you like to see Matt Cutts return to the role he’s held for years, or do …

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Facebook Talks About Its Intolerance For Spam

Facebook revealed on Friday that it has obtained nearly $2 billion in legal judgments against spammers, and talked extensively about how it won’t put up with fake likes and other spam on its network. The company says it’s honoring Cyber Security Awareness Month by discussing how it is fighting spam, and giving tips to users for “authentic interactions”. Facebook’s Matt …

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Bing Reveals URL Keyword Stuffing Spam Filtering

Bing revealed in a blog post this week that it rolled out an update to its algorithm a few months ago that targets URL keyword stuffing. They had alluded to such an update in another recent post. Igor Rondel, Principal Development Manager for Bing Index Quality writes: Like any other black hat technique, the goal of URL KWS, at a …

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Gmail Takes Security Precautions Related To New Non-Latin Character Support

Last week, Google announced that it started recognizing non-Latin characters in email addresses, opening up the ability for users to send and receive emails in more languages. By doing this, however, they were potentially opening the door to more spam slipping through the cracks courtesy of bad actors using sneak character combinations. Google isn’t letting this happen though. The company …

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Here’s A Guide To Email Blacklists

A recent report from Epsilon found that email open rates in the fourth quarter of 2013 were up year-over-year. In order to get opens though, you have to reach people in the first pace. That means avoiding blacklists. Return Path has a new infographic based on findings from analysis of sixteen months of blacklisting events affecting large email senders. The …

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What Have Google’s Biggest Mistakes Been?

Do you feel like Google makes many mistakes when it comes to trying to improve its search results? Do you think they’ve gone overboard or not far enough with regards to some aspect of spam-fighting? In the latest Google Webmaster Help video, head of webspam Matt Cutts talks about what he views as mistakes that he has made. He discusses …

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