Monday, July 10, 2006

Disney Spam

Today I found someone upset that referrer spammed him. If true, that would be very shocking and upsetting. But it is very unlikely that Disney or anyone associated with them did the spamming. Most likely, it was a spammer testing out his new software. I have seen such spams for sites such as , , , and . Often a few days after these test spams you may get the actual spam following a similar pattern.

The purpose of web spam is to get more visitors, more ad impressions, and/or to improve the site's ranking in search engines. Disney as well as the other large sites I mentioned already have very high PageRank and tons of traffic so a few more links would mean little to them.

Of course, this is still spam and you should take the necessary measures to block it. But you can't blame these big corporations for what some mentally challenged spammer is doing to test his software or your defenses.

Spammers also sometimes spam for antispam sites such as,, or even a journalist who writes about spam. But these are for revenge and hurting our image rather than testing. This really doesn't make sense though. Few people that check the sites are going to mistake us for spammers. And the links only add to our PageRank.

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