Who is viewing the spam?

18 messages
17/09/2012 at 08:09
Is this spam?
17/09/2012 at 08:48

A question I asked before and never really got an answer, what is the benefit of spam? Surely the people who take the time and effort to set all of this up must be doing it for a reason which I assume has to be financial gain. If someone could just simply explain how this converts to money I'd love to know.

17/09/2012 at 09:13

Something to do with raising the profile of the sites on google so that when an individual does a legit search the spam sites are more likely to be on the front page and therefore get more traffic.

I presume that it's not people viewing the threads.

17/09/2012 at 09:31

And somehow that's worth money? no wonder all the .Com businesses crashed

17/09/2012 at 10:43

@EG OK - all the .com business crashed? You have no idea, do you?  Mass-spammers only need a very small response to their email to make money.  If a spammer drops a million messages advertising a $30 enlargement pill they only need a 0.5% response to make $150,000.

17/09/2012 at 10:50

Buying.  Once they've got details of buyers, though, including credit card data...

17/09/2012 at 11:07

I must admit I struggle to get my head round the figures but the simple fact is we're dealing with huge numbers and, quite frankly, five minutes reading comments on youtube videos should be enough to tell you that there are an awful lot of very, very stupid people on the planet, many of whom would like to have larger willies.

17/09/2012 at 11:15

Thank you for pointing out that a sale can generate money (never thought of that) but most spam I see doesn't imply a sale, so how does this type of spam generate an income.

17/09/2012 at 11:16

KittenKat if on your searches you come across Penis reduction, let me know, I might be interested.

17/09/2012 at 11:18

only if it's less than $30 of course

17/09/2012 at 11:18

Almost all spam involves a sale at some point.  All of the spam here that I remove does.

17/09/2012 at 11:20

Back to square one then, there isn't an explanation

17/09/2012 at 11:23
EG OK wrote (see)

A question I asked before and never really got an answer, what is the benefit of spam? Surely the people who take the time and effort to set all of this up must be doing it for a reason which I assume has to be financial gain. If someone could just simply explain how this converts to money I'd love to know.

Spammers are selling something, be it fake drugs, access to porn channels, dodgy inheritance offers, access to sports events, and so on.  That's how it converts to money.

Idiots respond to the spam, buy something using credit cards, then they lose more money as their card data makes its way in to organised crime.

17/09/2012 at 15:58

THe other way they make their moeny is from advertising ... advertisers do something called 'pay-per-click' where they will pay somehting like 0.02p for every visit a page containing their advert gets (not sure on actual figures but its something like that) ... doesn't sound much but it soon mounts up when you think of the millions and millions of potential page visits there are out there .... so by flooding with spam and getting their sites to the top of the ranking lists, even a click from a slightly curious on-looker can generate cash !

 

Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
17/09/2012 at 16:14

So don't!

17/09/2012 at 17:07

It's not necessarily due to us lot clicking on the links, most of us probably don't; the prevalence of their links accross the interweb (having been spammed accross MANY forums, not just this one), means that their sites will be driven to the top of search engine lists, thus making them more likely for people who ARE looking for a Gucci handbag, fake or otherwise, to visit their sites.

 

 

18/09/2012 at 16:48
Bruce C wrote (see)

THe other way they make their moeny is from advertising ... advertisers do something called 'pay-per-click' where they will pay somehting like 0.02p for every visit a page containing their advert gets (not sure on actual figures but its something like that) ... doesn't sound much but it soon mounts up when you think of the millions and millions of potential page visits there are out there .... so by flooding with spam and getting their sites to the top of the ranking lists, even a click from a slightly curious on-looker can generate cash !

 

There's something about this typeface that makes "click" look like "dick"

at least on my screen

and the above quote then makes sense for most of the spam I get

19/09/2012 at 11:46

SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAAAAAAAAAAAM, WONDERFUL SPAM!

Had to be done. Good old Monty Python. Lol. 

Ps: I agree though. Spammers should have their nuts cut off with a rusty razor and be forced to eat them whilst bleach is tipped over their heads. 


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