This has been happening with my main site aworkathomebusinesses.com and at first I didn't think nothing of it. I just thought they were registering to get all my latest updates when I made a post or something. I now have over 60 registered users and I still don't know why they are doing it or where they are coming from. I have discussed this with a few people here at WA and I found out that they are having this happen as well. A few other people have told me that this is the work of a spammer and that I should delete these right away. Has anyone else had this happen to them? Let's get a discussion started here about this topic. I would love to get the feedback from this amazing community regarding this issue. Feel free to share your experience on this and how you resolved it. Is this a bad thing and can it hurt your site? Does this effect your rank? Thanks A Lot
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Stacydee Premium
It seems to just be a setting in with the "general settings" . See if you have the box "anyone can register" checked. If you do, then that is the problem.
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scottdogg187 Premium
Yes that article was really helpful thank you when I checked to see if I had that box checked I did so I just now unchecked it. So my question is why would anyone want to register to my site just to spam me? It seems kinda stupid to go through all that for something that is gonna get caught by my spam filters anyway.
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Stacydee Premium
I'm not sure really. There was one person who said in the thread that its likely people (scammers and spammers) looking for the settings to be such that they can get right into your site and really have "fun" with it.
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scottdogg187 Premium
I have just deleted all 61 users and I have unchecked that box this should put a stop to it. Thanks for all your help
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Stacydee Premium
Yes, you shouldn't see anymore of those random users show up. No problem!
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helpingfamil Premium
how do you delete them?
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helpingfamil Premium
general settings of WA or of the site?
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Sherion Premium
Do you mean feedburner? What am I missing?
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scottdogg187 Premium
No this is not feedburner it is people registering to my site as a new user in the users area of wordpress. Check out this screen shot so you will understand what I am talking about. http://d.pr/i/qWQS
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Sherion Premium
That looks like a hacker. Is your website hosted here at WA?
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scottdogg187 Premium
Yes it is hosted here at WA
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Sherion Premium
I see who links to my site in comments in the dashboard. If they are another business trying to get a link to one of my main sites then I delete it. Especially when they put in a link. I don't want my customers to be directed off of my site.

If they are a customer and have made a comment and leave an email address then I leave it and reply to it. This is what I do and maybe someone else may disagree.
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scottdogg187 Premium
This is not happening in the comments area it is happening in the user registration area. I get emails everyday saying A new user has registered to your site.Then it lists their name and email address.

At first I thought they were registering to my site to get my posts and be informed of whenever I did changes to my site. I don't think this is the case and I am wondering why they are doing it. Thanks for the comment Mary
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helpingfamil Premium
how do you delete them?
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