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What attracts spam bots?

Discussion in 'Forum Management' started by overifist, Dec 3, 2015.

  1. overifist

    overifist Member

    My site has been flooded before by bots to the point where it's inaccessible by anyone.

    What attracts these bots?
  2. AndyB

    AndyB Well-Known Member

    The easiest way to stop spammers is to have a good Question & Answer in the registration. However not all forums are suitable for this, you have to have a forum with a topic that is not too broad. What is your forum about?
  3. overifist

    overifist Member

    We're a gaming community.
  4. W1zzard

    W1zzard Well-Known Member

  5. overifist

    overifist Member

  6. whynot

    whynot Well-Known Member

    Their IP let you know.
  7. W1zzard

    W1zzard Well-Known Member

    The addon adds log output to the spam trigger logs
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  8. Alfa1

    Alfa1 Well-Known Member

    Spammer scripts have search capability to locate websites using software the spam script supports. I found that spam bots landed at my sites by searching google for terms that every xenforo board has in the html source.
  9. AndyB

    AndyB Well-Known Member

    Unfortunately it appears to be too general of a forum to have Q&A work effectively.
  10. Martok

    Martok Well-Known Member

    Depends on the gaming forum. Mine is one of these and Q&A works very well on mine.
  11. SEOmers

    SEOmers Active Member

    Tools like scrapebox or senuke will track down forum footprints, lets face it. we're easy targets but there are loads of ways of dealing with it

    Things they look for are

    "Powered by (forum software) then a keyword relevant to their market etc. They go by scale and if you have half decent stats like domain authority, a few members etc then they'll come and try to get backlinks etc
  12. dvsDave

    dvsDave Well-Known Member

    Unpatched forums give off a sort of sickly smell, that spambots are attracted too. Applying patches usually makes the smell go away.
  13. Anthony Parsons

    Anthony Parsons Well-Known Member

    Being online! Being unsecured, online.

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