PhiNotPi's blog (and more)

Click here to edit subtitle

Blog

view:  full / summary

Google stuff part 3 (the real reason Fluther ranks so low)

Posted by PhiNotPi on January 31, 2013 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Today, I discovered the real reason Fluther has so little traffic.


According to Google, Fluther.com contains over 1,150,000 web pages; however, there are only around 70 external web site that link to Fluther.

Intelligence Report: Spam Team

Posted by PhiNotPi on January 31, 2013 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)

A "spam team" is a pair of accounts created to spam Fluther. The spamming is carried out in two parts. First, one account asks a question about a product, business, or problem. Then, a different account answers the question with a spammy answer.


 

Signs of a spam team:

  • The question is obviously about a specific product or company, and it is written by a user with very few lurve points. The question is typically written in bad English, but not always.
  • The answer is obviously spammy and written by another user with few lurve points.  It typically includes links and sometimes pricing information.  The answer also does not seem to be talking to the OP, but rather the reader.
  • Both users share the same IP address (only viewable to mods). This is often a criterion for immediate banning of both accounts.

 


Spam teams are often readily detectable, although they are harder to clean up.

Intelligence Report: Targeted Spammers

Posted by PhiNotPi on January 31, 2013 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (0)

A "targeted spammer" (usually just "spammer") is an account created to spam Fluther. The spamming is carried out by specifically targeting threads with certian topics.


Signs of a targeted spammer:

  • Answers are less obviously spam (compared to mass spammers) and often include links. They sometimes contain price information.
  • Not all answers are the exact same, but all contain similar links and content, usually related to the topic of the thread.
  • Answers a lot of questions on a specific topic. They typically do not generate a very large number of spammy answers.
  • Username is either related to the product (freecash4u), complete jibberish (yu57dfsgs), or an actual name (WilliamSmith).


Targeted spammers are not as easily detected as mass spammers. While mass spammers might generate a large number of flags, targeted spammers might only get flagged by an observant member.  Since the answers are on-topic, it takes a more detailed investigation to reveal that the user is spamming a large number of similar threads with similar answers.  These spammers also tend to spam older questions.

Intelligence Report: Mass Spammers

Posted by PhiNotPi on January 31, 2013 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

A "mass spammer" (usually just "spammer") is an account created to spam Fluther. The spamming is carried out by simply answering as many questions as possible with spammy answers.

 

Signs of a mass spammer:

  • Answers are obvious spam and often include links and bad English. They sometimes contain price information.
  • All answers posted by the user are exactly the same.
  • Answers a lot of questions regardless of the topic of the thread.  They can create up to 30+ answers within a few hours.
  • Username is either related to the product (freecash4u), complete jibberish (yu57dfsgs), or an actual name (WilliamSmith).

 

Mass spammers are easily detected, as a large number of user flags are generated.  There are special moderator tools available that can easily clean up this spam.

Intelligence Report: Profile Spammers

Posted by PhiNotPi on January 31, 2013 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (0)

A "profile spammer" is an account created to spam Fluther.  The spamming is carried out in a unique way. The spammer posts the spam within his own profile, not within answers. The user does not participate in any threads, and typically only visits Fluther once.


Signs of a profile spammer:

  • Profile field is filled in with obvious spam, including bad English and links.
  • Username is either related to the product (freecash4u), complete jibberish (yu57dfsgs), or an actual name (WilliamSmith).
  • Profile photo is either a default image or a corporate logo.


Profile spammers can often go undectected due to their inactivity, and rely on quick action to locate and destroy.

Google stuff part 2

Posted by PhiNotPi on January 31, 2013 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

It seems like my previous simple attempt has yielded no fruit, so I'm starting another campaign.


I am trying to get as many people as possible to upvote Fluther through Google. This might cause Google to increase Fluther's ranking in searches, maybe not dramatically, but at least noticably.  You can participate by visiting the "Google" tab at the top of the page.

Google stuff part 1

Posted by PhiNotPi on January 28, 2013 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Two days ago, I submitted Fluther.com to Google to update the index of the entire site. If there is a sudden increase in traffic, I'll take credit, although chances are that nothing will happen.

Fluther website traffic data

Posted by PhiNotPi on January 26, 2013 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

I recently revisted Quantcast, a website that moniters the traffic flow to Fluther.  Here is the data.


As you can see, Google's Panda update on Feb 24, 2011 caused Fluther to lose over 1.5 years of growth. Fluther now has little growth, with a somewhat constant 250K - 350K pageviews per week. We are currently experiencing a yearly high in traffic, but similar peaks have happened before (within the previous year) with no long-term growth.


Google Adwords says that the term "Fluther" recieved only 2,900 monthly global searches on Google. "Quora" had 135,000 and "code golf" had 40,000. Also, "Yahoo Answers" had 7,480,000 monthly gloabal searches.

Day One (or Night One)

Posted by PhiNotPi on January 22, 2013 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (0)

I'm starting up this new blog today. It's really late, so I'm not going to make much progress. Most of my time will not be spent adding content, but rather making the site functional.


Rss_feed