Product Launch Spam

Posted on by Frank Haywood

I’ve just had Michael Pryor or someone acting on his behalf spam my blog about a product launch on Tuesday. But it looks like he may well have been spamming lots of other blogs too, as Akismet caught it. So he must now be in the Akismet blog spam database.

Not wanting to give him any publicity, he (or someone else) is spamming his product launch of Google n*em-es*is.net (URL obsfuscated).

His sign up form goes to another of his sites which may mean he can’t get an autoresponder service to take him. When you sign up, you get an email from Bob Smith, so it doesn’t seem he wants people to know his real name. But if you do a WHOIS at GoDaddy you can see it for yourself.

It gets sillier as because his domain is hosted with GoDaddy, who are rumoured to suspend domains on a single complaint of spam, it could mean that domain will be closed down if someone actually *does* go and complain to GoDaddy (hopefully his web site isn’t hosted with them too, for his sake).

I’m not going to do that as I’m not that kind of a person. In fact I’m not going to complain at all other than this blog post.

Everybody should get a chance to fix their mistakes and apologise.

The moral of this story?

DON’T SPAM.

-Frank Haywood

It’s particularly ironic that on his sign up form it says:-
“We hate spam as much as you do.”


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6 Comments

  1. I had no idea that godaddy dealt with spam with such an iron fist. Don’t get me wrong I like it but it seems odd to me for some reason.

  2. Frank Haywood says:

    Larry: Do a Google for the phrase:-

    godaddy spam suspending

    I’m sure there are other examples if you use different keywords. It all smacks of extortion to me, as if paying $199 to get your domain back online makes it all better again…

    The upshot? I’ll continue to use NameCheap for my domain hosting.

    -Frank

  3. I agree… it’s just a chance for godaddy to get some extra coin.

  4. You know what’s really sad about this?

    If he’s spammed enough sites to get Akismetted (bless you) then he could probably have done quite well just by making legitimate and useful posts.

    Never ceases to amaze me how much hard work some people put into doing the wrong thing.

  5. I gave GoDaddy the heave-ho late last year and moved over to Namecheap for my domains and HostGator for hosting.

    I got sick of all the little things you can’t do at GoDaddy which come as standard with most hosts. I also hated their in-your-face selling tactics which filled my inbox.

    Seems like a wise move in retrospect.

  6. Michael Swearngin says:

    Frank,
    You made your point while not being vindictive this shows class and is the action of a Gentleman!
    Good for you!

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