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Internet cold callers and their constant requests for requests really grind my gears. Here's an interesting example I received recently...

kevq.uk/internet-cold-callers-

@kev The best way of avoiding this is to not have a mail address linked with your blog and no comments, just blessed beautiful silence :D

@sotolf it's worth for all the legit emails I get from people.

@kev Hello Admin, that Mastodon post was really good. Do you mind boosting some of mine? In exchange I'll ask one of my friends on s.c to boost some of yours.

@kev excuse me Admin, I should have known better. Mayhaps I can link your site not in one, but *two* of my social media accounts. I will be awaiting for your response, Admin.

@kev seriously, the only reasonable way to deal with those is just ignore (or mark as spam).

My question when I get those is always: okay, *why* do they want to boost their site ranking fast? Clearly they have some resources, and clearly they could invest them into producing good content instead?

The answer very often is: they're preparing a scam, and need a watering hole website with a reasonably good ranking.

I would bet that after a while the content there changes dramatically.

@kev in fact, it would be interesting to go through old historical e-mails like this and check what's hosted on those sites now. And how many of them are now flagged as scam/phishing/malware sites.

@rysiek oh yeah, absolutely. I never usually reply, they just get marked as spam. I just thought this one was so ballsey, I had to reply.

@kev yup, wasn't trying to suggest anyone did anything wrong (apart from the potential scammer). :blobmiou:

@kev oooh, another idea: if you get them often enough, take two of these and try to link one to the other.

Something like: "hey, thanks for reaching out. the blog post in question is already published and I'd prefer not to modify it, but I have this great other site scammer2.example.org, I could link to your site from there, Admin of scammer1.example.org?"

@kev I just assume 90% of the time, they're scammers. I end up receiving emails from time to time to post stuff on to my personal blog.

I did research on one particular group with my friend. Total sus, though we had a fun time taking a look into them.

@kev Nrkbeta has written quite a few interesting articles about these SEO scams where they have long conversations with the scammers, I read one this year, but I think it's only available in Norwegian, this oldie but goodie is still worth a read though :)

nrkbeta.no/2012/06/29/fraud-2-

@kev may I suggest you a read of Troy Hunt's take on the topic?

troyhunt.com/no-i-wont-link-to

I think, we (you & me) already talked about it a year ago :D

@kev I get this all the time too. You see the same template for a few weeks, then a new one comes along.

Right now, I'm inundated with emails saying... "Just following up from the previous email..." Which I did NOT reply to!

@nathan urgh yeah. I hate those ones.

"I know you're probably very busy, but I thought I'd try one more time..."

Get the effing message, will you!

@kev Reminds me of that guy on Youtube that responds to spammers and just drags them on and on over the course of months.

@kev Good thing you posted this. I got a similar email last week. I took them seriously. Althought I didn't give them a backlink, I did edit the post. Thanks for the heads-up!

@kev Ugh, me too. It's the curse of having a domain with decent Google juice 🙄

@kev I might rickroll the next one saying "sure, here you go" but usually I just report spam...

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