If you have not read this, do so now:

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/training/wealthy-affiliate-the-open-education-project/spam-is-a-no-no

Spam will destroy the integrity of the WA website and membership. Don't do it!

I am posting this because I see more spam in the last week than I have in the last 3 months I have been a member here.

Unfortunately, almost everyone who reads this will probably have already read the above policy on Spam. However, I would encourage everyone to not only report spam, but share with everyone that Spam is not and can not be tolerated at WA!

There are many types, shapes, and sizes that spam comes in, but when someone posts a commercial directly to "MY Space" wall here at WA, it is time for us to all start reporting it especially when it is a blatant violation.

The integrity of this website is so important to your business, and if we don't maintain it, your business will lose credibility if found to be associated with this website if spam continues to be allowed.

Please do not spam on members websites and do not spam at WA!

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CathieB Premium
I am getting spammed like crazy but was not sure where they are coming from. My email is being flooded!!! I find that some I can unsubscribe from but most I cannot even unsubscribe from unless I go to the footer of their website and that don't work either. How can I tell if they are WA members and how can I report them?????
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wdeal11 Premium
When I get these emails and no way to unsubscribe I just hit the spam button They will at least change their name the next time I am referring to my email account I do not have a problem at WA
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David-Salt Premium
I am not sure. However, I have a plug-in to catch spam on my website. Actually the purpose of this Post was about spam here at WA. Akismet is the Plug-in. Hope that helps!
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TheOldSilly Premium
Are you using Askimet? You shouldn't get flooded with spam if you are, I occasionally see one or two slipping through, but not like what you're describing.
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MarkKinsey Premium
Cathie, Not to sure how much I can help on this but if you use firefox, the have a plugin called Ghosterly and this will show you where they are coming from. I cant promise anything, but you can PM a list of the sites that you want up and I will dig around for you to get contact emails and also point you in the right direction to get abuse sorted if all else fails. thanks hope this Helps. Mark
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kelgate99 Premium
Well said Dave. I've already encountered a couple of instances here myself.
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BDoty15 Premium
Thanks for the heads up. Just went to the above site to understand what spamming is all about for WA. Thanks again Dave.
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richpierson5 Premium
Good job David we all hate spam here at WA.
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kvimont Premium
You are so right David
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bsmith1222 Premium
Absolutely Right
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JewelCarol Premium
Yes, you are right, David, Spam is a no-no here. Thanks very much for the reminders. :)
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Garden77 Premium
I have definitely been spammed before, and I think spam keeps us on our guard, and keeps us wandering is this comment or spam.
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Maxiam59 Premium
you can not completely get rid of it but you can recognize it and be aware of it all the best
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David-Salt Premium
Very true!
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Webmarketer5 Premium
This is very true. Great job for shedding light to this David. I will do whatever I can to stop spam wherever I see it
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fitmomuv3 Premium
I think I reported one or two today that I saw on people's profiles. Thanks for the heads up! Sarah
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David-Salt Premium
Good for you!
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Cheol Premium
I totally agree with you.
Spam must not allowed in WA.
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CCunningham Premium
Very good and I think spam is not needed on WA. Neither do I think spam will sell well on someone's profile.
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ABar77 Premium
I couldn't have said it better myself.
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Garynkim Premium
Thanks David for this post. That seems to be just about all that has signed up on my site. I'm even getting some very questionable email addresses with yahoo.
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David-Salt Premium
There is nothing you can really do to avoid those but a plug-in for your website. This post is about Spam here on the website at Wealthy Affiliate and members going to your website and posting spam as well.
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Garynkim Premium
Yeah, I have the plug-ins in place and thought I had taken care of it but now I'm getting some fishy looking email addresses with yahoo accts.
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David-Salt Premium
You can put a setting on your website that would require you to approve every comment. That is kind of time consuming if you get a lot of comments though... otherwise, I don't think there is anyway to stop all of the spam on your website ever.
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Garynkim Premium
Ok. Thanks. I do believe that Spam should not be tolerated. How do you go about reporting it?
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David-Salt Premium
Here on the WA website, you can just click on the "actions" tab of a comment like this one and then it gives you the option to report it as spam. You can do it on this comment if you want to. Personal emails also have that option. If it is something else that does not have that option you would need to email Kyle or Carson directly.
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Garynkim Premium
Ok. Thanks. I'm still new and learning. I appreciate it.
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David-Salt Premium
No worries! That is what we are all here for is to learn and help each other learn
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WMS Premium
Hi David, thanks for standing up to alert WA community. It is high priority of all WA member to maintain the integrity of WA. Let's do it together.
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David-Salt Premium
I agree!
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malric Premium
three quarters of my comments are spam despite whatever spam filters i use
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LanceCO Premium
David,
Thanks for the heads up..
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rosieM Premium
I have come across this before...once I posted a reply on a questionable blog and said 'I messaged you'...a short and polite private reminder about `spam blogs', etc...and began my message with `perhaps you were not aware, but....'. I tried to tastefully reply in private to not invoke rude commentary from others or draw a 'spotlight'...I addressed it in a helpful manner without trying to cause them undo hardship like a 'slap' from the admins...
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KatieMac Premium
Gosh I have to say in the one year I have been here I have only had it once, it is good for everyone to know this is a no no on here
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David-Salt Premium
I believe you have not seen this as much since WA was really just getting past the point of being off the ground when you joined Now it is growing exponentially, and all kinds of people from all different experiences and levels are joining. I think some of them join just to advertise or spam, while others join with a lot of experience and don't read the tutorials, or do any of the training. There should be a required training that has the spam is a no no as part of it. Sort of a welcome to WA, orientation.
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KatieMac Premium
would be a shame if this continues one of the aspects of WA is not being bombarded with spam, sorry you seem to be having a time of it, lets hope it gets sorted make sure you report it
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FrankieCat Premium
I agree about there being required training as it pertains to Wealthy Affiliate. You may not need training on keyword research, using social media, creating email lists... But, the rules and regs of what is allowed or not allowed here should be mandatory reading.

Great Post!!!
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Garynkim Premium
I'm curious. Is there a way to look up emails to see if they are legit or not?
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KatieMac Premium
why not pm Kyle and suggest that I know they are making more improvements
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Christabelle Premium
A lot of the new people are unaware of this training! I share it with new referrals and I think it might be good if we all did!
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David-Salt Premium
I agree! Thanks!
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Christabelle Premium
You're welcome!
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NWTDennis Premium
It does seem like this concern is increasing in the community. I haven't seen it personally, but membership blogs concerning this matter seem to have increase recently.

I have been surprised how often it is clear that members have NOT read Kyle's multi-page tutorial you have sited above. Examples of what Kyle is referring to are very clearly listed there and definitely answer the request made by Helen below.

WA Membership is growing, and my sense is that includes experienced internet marketers who might skip over a lot of the training. Perhaps its time for K & C to include the tutorial as part of the signup process to make sure it get read.

When in doubt about an internally posted piece a simple PM asking Kyle what he thinks resolves the uncertainty. Kyle will thank you personally.
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David-Salt Premium
That is a good idea to possibly have it as part of the sign up process. I actually try not to bother either Kyle or Carson as I am sure they are bombarded constantly with emails, and especially as of late due to the increase in membership, but I think that since he is very serious about this policy, it would be a good idea to seek his opinion like you have mentioned.
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kpatrice Premium
David, I am on your side which is our side. I hope those involved would stop the nonsense. Thanks for being vigilant and sharing.
Patrick
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David-Salt Premium
Thank you!
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EmWebster Premium
I should clarifiy though. The spam wasn't from anyone on WA. It was an outside source due to my using someone else's computer that was infected and I was unaware.
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EmWebster Premium
Good blog!! I was indeed horrified when I found my site corrupted last night. I did report it and cleaned the mess up right away.
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HelenpDoyle Premium
What would be really good (especially for us whose computers stop a lot of spam) is a description or examples (not in fact!) of the various types of spam. Then I would certainly report spam.
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deos331557 Premium
Remember we are here to help each other, as it says in the spam rules. We are not here to exploit each other
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pbar47 Premium
Yeah David,
I am with you on this one. Blatant disregard is a sign of disrespect. Don't be afraid to use those spam buttons guys!!!
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Liz1 Premium
There's a lot of "sneaky" spam as Kyle calls it. As he says in # 6: "No blog or forum posts that are created for the pure purpose of promoting a product. This does include product reviews. Rants are OK."

Does this mean we can or cannot promote our own websites that DO promote products and services? Because there's a fair amount of that going on and it so obvious, it's a complete turnoff. I'm not referring to the requests to look at a site for assistance.

The above has contributed to souring my experience and opinion of WA. That and the nothing-to-offer comments here like "that's a good question, but I don't know the answer." And also the inability of people to feel they can only be cheerleaders and not offer dissenting views without getting jumped on (sometimes through PMs). Meh.
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David-Salt Premium
Liz, I interpret this as being able to promote our website for the purposes of learning and training. NOT for any purpose promoting a product, service, or engaging others to purchase anything. There is some questions going around concerning the self promotion on this website by leaving poor comments like "Nice post", "Can't help you", "Hope you find the answer", etc. in order to gain rank. I am personally guilty of leaving (which I have now stopped) comments like "I am new here and I am sorry I don't know the answer, but I think it might be:". I do this on purpose so that it will later show me as a notification when someone else comments with the correct answer. This is how I have learned a lot here, but like I said I have now stopped doing it. However, it is really obvious others who leave comments like "Nice Post" all the time or it is clear they never read the question or blog post and are just commenting to gain rank. I think this is spam also.
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Liz1 Premium
I've already mentioned I don't like those nothing-to-offer comments in order to gain rank or for whatever reason the poster does it. I agree it's spam.The posts I want to follow I just keep in a separate folder in my email. I never thought to post just anything so I could be notified later.

As far as blog spam (WA blogs that is)...if you have a website about Nike running shoes, and here, on WA, you blog about foot health, equipment for a marathon, and sports drinks, is that a promotion or not? You're not blatantly promoting your products and services, but you ARE promoting yourself as an expert in your niche, which in turn, is promoting your site and whatever you're selling/promoting on your site. Do you see the fine line?

Perhaps Kyle or Carson or some other representative here at WA could answer. For me, it's extremely annoying so I won't follow anyone who does it. And I don't see that we're encouraged to do it.
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David-Salt Premium
Agree that there should be some sort of update as to more specifics regarding the spam policy by Kyle or Carson, but when I see someone put an obvious commercial on a person's page several times, or another person goes to a person's website and deliberately posts spam there, I find it absolutely absurd. Thus the reason I did this post.
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MarionBlack Premium
I've started reporting those types of comments as spam. It's blatant rank spamming and not at all helpful to the community. Another member is constantly asking inane questions to try to improve his rank - that's another form of spam. ~Marion
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Liz1 Premium
Good idea and yes, asking a lot of questions will get you ranked. I think the idea behind that is *all* involvement is helpful but quality of helpfulness can't be ranked unless it can done by members. With the current algorithm in place, I know who benefits most.
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CMcCulloch Premium
Thanks for pointing this out again for everyone. I love WA and joined because of the "safe haven" it provides for me to learn and hopefully help others down the road - without any self promotions, upsells, affiliate sales, etc., etc.
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David-Salt Premium
I agree. It can quickly destroy the integrity of WA if we allow it to get out of control.
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LittleClaire Premium
Hi David

Maybe we need to petition Kyle and Carson to make spam part of the training.. once you've gone premium, you can't access the rest of the courses until you've watched a clip on it..? Or maybe that's a bit draconian.. :)

C
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David-Salt Premium
I think with the surge in membership and everyone coming into WA at different levels, that that is an excellent idea!
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WKnoepp Premium
Some new members don't understand the philosophical intent of this community and need to be educated in it - they don't necessarily mean to encroach. Then there is always that element that will spam everyone and everything in a futile and ignorant attempt to turn a buck.
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David-Salt Premium
Agreed! Just like sometimes I will purposely leave a comment of "I don't know the answer". I will try to add something helpful and useful as well, but the point of doing so for me is to get notified then later when others leave a comment so that I can learn what the answer is.

However leaving a commercial on a person's wall or on their website is clearly very different.
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LolaAJ1 Premium
Thank you....At this early stage of my membership, I have not seen this as of yet.
Hopefully, you and everyone who can identify SPAM, will send these alerts out as a policy reminder. If members choose not to be rule abiding..not only do we eradicate the SPAM, most likely the offending member. That would so unfortunate given the incredible opportunity WA gives to all.
Thanks David-Salt.
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David-Salt Premium
It would really be unfortunate if a few destroy it for the mass!
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DamonKinney Premium
Well said!
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jvranjes Premium
It is good to point this out from time to time, thanks. Jovo
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