How easy is to email spam: Interview to a Spam Teacher

I found an ad in a spammer’s website offering Mail Spam services, software and databases for sale, and he also taught how to use them, here in Buenos Aires…I could not help myself and decided to take a 60 minutes’ class, for 15 dollars.
I was received by a man who I thought was the father or grandfather of the teaching hacker, but he wasn’t. I am the old one in this business – I thought – but let’s give him a chance to show what he knows. I bombarded him with questions and he answered most of them.

– Is legal what you are doing? (I know it is not)
– Yes, of course. I mean, I don’t do it, I manage it. My client is the one doing it…
– Some Disclaimers state that one-time-spam including the opportunity to get deleted from the list, is not illegal. Is this true?
– I don’t know, and I don’t care.
– What if someone suits you?
– They do not know who I am.
– How do you acquire SMTP Mail Servers?
– I don’t know, I bought a list once and it works.
– Do you sell it?
– Sure, for other 15 dollars, you get 20 servers
– Do you research into new spamming methods?
– No, what for? The ones I’ve got work.
– Do you exclude from the lists those who request it?
– Yes
– Did you ever have any problems with this activity?
– Not so far, after several years.
– Not even with your internet provider?
– No. I’m spamming right now. (he is…)
– What spamming speed do you achieve?
– 40,000 emails per hour.
– Do you offer your spamming services through spam?
– No.
– Why not?
– Because my clients get to my through my website.
– Was your website optimized by a SEO?
– No, it works well like this. I made it myself (I can tell…)
– Is this what you do for a living?
– No, this is my hobby
– What software do you use to track clicks? to block the IP? And to send emails?
– These, see? I Google them, download them, then search for its crack on Astalavista, and that’s it!
– And how do you protect from viruses?
– Any standard antivirus… (this guy is really bold and naive, but lucky)
– If spamming is so easy, why isn’t there any more spam in the world?
– Who knows… (I did not really expect an answer)

What caught my attention was that with a low technological knowledge level, this gentleman spams and sells the spam service without trouble and without any conscience objection. And as this wasn’t enough, he then offers to teach the secrets for a few dollars.
I left thinking that if he does it…

Domain Development Plans

After 8+ years developing tools for content generation like GatewayGenerator and Synonymizer, we arrived to the conclusion that most clients are not willing to buy and learn new complex tools, but they would be willing to purchase of services instead. This is the age of Instant Delivery, after all.
For this reason we are puting together a series of plans that convert empty domains into Google-ranked, money-making, marketable sites.
Creating quality content is possible, but requires a real writer. They charge about 15 cents per word, with standard quality. With our products, we can charge less than 8 cents per word.
A valuable resource for websites is a script that provides interactive features: a blog, a forum, a news aggregator, a classified ad system or others. We can install any of those for a minimum value.
The whole thing can be hosted and surveyed to avoid spam attacks in one of our servers, all with different IPs to avoid being marked as web spammers. We also monitor the web rankings and traffic, to ensure the search engines are not excluding the client’s site.

Plan 1 – Small Site

Setup

Host the site in a Linux Server with 10 mb of space and 100 mb of monthly transfer
Define Keywords (in collaboration with client) – Create a logo – Create 1000 keyword phrases to use along the site – Create 100 content pages with original text – Install a script for content management – Create a sitemap and a Google Webmaster account to manage it – Submit to 50 directories

Maintenance
Hosting – Monitor legitimacy of traffic and Google ranking – Write 300 words per month

Cost: U$D 300 and U$D 30 per month


See our Domain Development Plans for more details and options.

Technology Transfer by means of SEO, Web 2.0 and conventional web tools

The author is completing a methodology to be sold to Universities as part of a Technology Transfer Program.

There will be a Consulting Marketplace, with all possible categories to help classify the offers and demands, and to allow efficient matching of problem posers and problem solvers. Both companies looking for solutions and individuals offering services can find each other and become partners.
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My very naked special way to promote my ideas

I just released my ebook “Naked Business Proposals”.  A freeware version can be downloaded at my site, www.business-ideas.com.ar/ebook. A paid version can be obtained paying $39 at the same address.


The  book has 40 business ideas that I created and intend to take to the market. Most of them are Web projects, each one based on a different subject or business model. 5 or 6 are health related, and the rest cover most fields. I have the concept and the technical elements to carry them out, but not the financing.

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Our automated site creation software for Google ranking

We are improving our page-generation software, obtaining every time better sites and always good positioning results.

We recently made a project for our Spanish SEO site, www.yo1ro.com and got excellent results for most of the keywords. It is very interesting to analyze the results of the near 80 pages made, and which ones obtained good results. All pages have one of 5 templates, depending on their role in the site network: sitemap, 1st level keyword, 2nd level keyword, index to secondary domain pages, randomly combined keywords.

Since we can change the structure of the templates, getting different keyword densities and element (image, metatag, heading, tag) combination, there are many experiments to be made. Those experiments let us know which factors are important (positive or negative) for results.

If you understand some Spanish, ask us for the  detailed results of this experiment. Ohterwise, wait a couple of weeks for the next English experiment resutls.

Investing in Domains: revenue thru Adsense – How much and when

Investing in Domains in these days more profitable than putting the money in bonds, stocks or any other financial instruments. Of couse, this is November 2008 and the markets are quite upset. My view is that they will come back to almost normal in a month or two. In the mean time, Domain Development is a very good alternative.

Since I started DomainGrower.com I am trying to predict how a domain will perform, depending on its name, the intended market, and the investment the owner is ready to do. Every domainer wants to make sure the investment will be highly profitable, and they ask about Google Ranking, Traffic, Adsense revenue, maintenance cost, increased domain-site value and finally, profit.

I am not able at this point to provide exact projections or a formula. However, I have now a pretty good idea of how the domain can grow and how much will return.

Very good domains convert visits into sales at 1% or more. This is quite unusual, but sometimes we see it. When your domain does not sell any particular item, just adsense clicks, the conversion rate can be 0.5% and be very good. It is also important to assess the quality and quantity of the traffic. If your visitors are real estate investors ready to buy expensive property, the clicks will be very valuable. Maybe U$D 40 or 50.

On the other hand, if they are poor Hispanic teenagers looking for free music or porn, their clicks will be much less valuable, maybe $ 0.03.

My advice would be to focus on a niche audience, providing some free service that could mean value for them. Adsense revenues will help pay the bills.

After that, you can start thinking into selling some valuable items. As your audience grows you can find new demanded fields where you can offer quality contents. At that point, maybe 6 months after start, you will jump from red to black numbers. In a year, the increased value of your site will be also reflected in the domain name value.

Ask us about the value of your existing domain or developed site, and listen to our domain growing suggestions.

What a web promoter learns from a Trojan site infection

I noted yesterday that the visits to a website of mine had multiplied 5 fold in a day. After feeling some satisfaction on the success of my promotion efforts, I noticed something unusual: the requested subjects had nothing to do with my main theme, but with foods and drinks. And when you visited one of those pages, you were redirected to a malware site.

I entered my sites by FTP and I found many offending pages that some bot had placed there. And when I say many, I mean about 5000 files in dozens of directories in several sites accross 3 servers… Many hours were needed to clean up.

Of course I had to clean my PC from malware, apparently coming from a mailing software that I had downloaded 2 weeks ago.

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Results of the 3rd Positioning Experiment

Once completed the “Familia Raimundez” positioning experiment, results were available in just 10 days, what makes them very interesting and convenient compared to those times when one had to wait 45 days for an indexation cycle.
The results matched the previous ones, as some domains seem to be penalized in an arbitrary way. And I say in an arbitrary way because there is no obvious sign in the website for it to be penalized for: no black hat techniques, no links to questionable sites, no keyword abuse or obvious content duplication.
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Support for purchasers of our GGG software

The GGG (Great Gateway Generator) project was born in 2002 as a gateway page generator. Over the years there were 2 spinoff softwares: Keyword Thief (a keyword retrieving spider) and Synonymizer (a content generator). There are also some beta-stage PHP scripts that complemented the main product: Octopus Link Quadrangulator, Search Engine Optimized FAQ System, and Delinker.

Over the years we collected several testimonials from customers who succeeded in improving their SE rankings using GGG, and we used it to provide service to our customers. Several buyers requested special features and appointed custom programming from us. Most of those improvements were incorporated into the products.

We suddenly realized that the gateway pages WERE NOT the reason for the good ranking results obtained with GGG… Something else was, and the links had something to do with it. Thus, the product should might be renamed from Gateway Generator into “Optimized Site Generator”, “Website Ranking Enhancer” or something like that. The new name would also reflect the fact that the product did not rely on Black Hat techniques, like gateway pages.

The many changes in the Google algorithm have not affected the ranking power of GGG. However, there is a need in a strategy change. Very large projects are no longer acceptable, because the sudden increase in pages and links is seen as unnatural by the Search Engines. Slow but permanent site growth is now required. In GGG, that means periodically adding more domains or directories as secondary hosts holding random pages.

The other change in Google is related to subtle penalization of domains that do not follow some hidden guidelines, like “No Content Duplication” and “No Bad Neighbourhood Linking”. For that, we are developing special tests that set off the alarm before having the offensive pages indexed.

Having said this, we admit that we never completed an extensive testing on the optimal settings of the GGG Projects, the minimal and maximal values for keywords, domains and pages, and the limits for safe operation without getting penalization.

At this point we have 3 goals:

– create an effective communication channel for users of GGG. At this point, I publish the results of the Web Ranking Experiments in this public blog. However, the most critical info will be mailed to paid subscribers of the future Page Generators Newsletter.

– release GGG 4.0 in no more than 3 months.

– offer a Website Ranking Enhancer service for those who do not have the time and patience to obtain the new software, create the contents and upload the pages. We will use the latest GGG, Synonymizer and Keyword Thief, plus all the knowledge on optimized page generation that we have collected and keep collecting.

– run a permanent Testing System for our GGG pages, in order to be aware of the best site settings according to Google, and to provide the best possible service to our customers.

– acquire more hosting services with different IPs, in order to host our pages without loss of ranking value.

For all those web promoters out there that want to enhance their web rankings, we announce different service packages in this site.

Detection of Google Domain Penalization

Sometimes the effort we make to position a website is fruitless, and the client and the SEO wonder why.
A full penalization is obvious: the website disappears from the search engine under every keyword, even under its own domain name. It won’t have a Google PageRank, not even zero. And it is common for a domain banned from Google to rank perfectly well in Yahoo and the other search engines, more lenient penalizers.
Nevertheless, partial penalization is hard to detect. The website has a worst ranking than it should, and there is no way to know why or for how long.
A good website and link strategy analysis can suggest some of the exclusion reasons, and the measures to be taken. However, even after asking and begging the search engine for forgiveness, a response could take months. The best thing to do is to rapidly create a new site with similar content.
To be sure the best is to run the Penalization Test. It involves selecting a group of uncommon keywords, or even made-up ones. For example, the Antolineck family. Its members are Gualter Antolineck. Serap Antolineck, Rupert Antolineck, Torib Antolineck and Egbert Antolineck. The name and last name of each brother must appear in the URL and in the Title, and once in the page body under the H1 header.

5 brothers

We create one page for each brother, hosted in each tested domain. We also create a sitemap in an independent well ranked domain pointing to each brother. Something like: “The Antolineck family is composed by (Gualter link), (Serap link), (Rupert link), (Egbert link), (Torib link).”
That’s it. After a couple of weeks we will see the results. We will search Google for every brother, and register the rankings. And if we search for Antolineck, every indexed page will appear, ordered by the real positioning value of each domain. This value is not necessarily the same that Google’s PageRank.
For this example I used a made-up last name, completely absent in search engines, for clearer results. However, the test can be performed under less common but existent words, say 1000 results. In this way the search is more natural and detects the -30 or -100 penalizations (descending 30 or 100 results in any search).

Are the domains penalized? We will soon see. Will the domains be penalized because of a test? There is no breaking of the S.E. rules here.

penalized brothers

I plan to repeat the test periodically with my own and my client’s domains, because if a penalization occurs I need to instantly be aware of it and fix whatever it is that I did wrong. The test is also open to individual SEO webmasters who want to share the data.

Ask a SEO-focused webmaster to position your site. Webmasters today are quite specialized, and the guy that designs, programs, writes and hosts, does not necessarily get you a good ranking…