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Fraud from the desk of Sebastian Foss

Frequently I receive emails from very angry people complaining about various “SEO tools” and “Money Making Software” delivered from the desk of Sebastian Foss (AdBlaster, Instant Booster, eZine blaster, Blog Blaster, Feed Blaster, Newsgroup Blaster, eBay Cash Machine, Doorway Page Generator, Google Cash Machine, and countless more scams), which got their sites banned or which just didn’t work as promised, asking for a refund and demanding compensation. I’m sick of replying to all these emails to set the records straight, so here is the guy’s address:

e-trinity Internetmarketing Ltd.
Sebastian Foss
Böhler Str.14
Lindlar, 51789, North Rhine-Westphalia
Germany [map]
Phone: +49 2266 478 230
Fax: +49 2266 478 197
email: sebastian@etrinity-mail.com

I suffer from his fraudulent and spammy activities too. I find his URLs in my referrer stats, I receive his email spam from the desk of Sebastian Foss, and people get mad on me because they assume I’m him just because I blog about SEO and Internet marketing.

Here is the last email spam I got from Sebastian Foss1) at promote-biz.net:And here’s the attached HTML file:A smart investigator can should be capable to assign this URL on promote-biz.net to e-trinity Internetmarketing Ltd., Sebastian Foss’ company in Lindlar, Germany.

If you’re sick of spam and scams from the desk of Sebastian Foss too, then turn him in. Last time I looked, sending out email spam is a crime in Germany. In case the spam report form below (courtesy of the german cops) doesn’t work, here you go: Police Lindlar, Germany.
SPAM REPORT (yellow background = mandatory)

Your coordinates:






What to report?







Provide internet address (URL), IP address, channel, email-ID (email header), and other information useful to track down the issue:



Details (mandatory!)

Witnesses (if any, provide names and addresses)

Perpetrator and site of crime:






Here’s a tiny sample of domains related to or operated by Sebastian Foss, according to Rip Off Report “[one of] the biggest scam artist[s] on the Internet”:
10-thousand-dollars.biz 101-website-traffic.com 2click.com auction-machine.com automatedriches.com automatic-mailer.com blog-blast.com blog-blaster.com cashcreation.com clickedcash.com dollarbuddy.biz etrinity.com feed-blast.com free-traffic-handbook.com hit-booster.com hitworkz.com income-builder.com income-machine.com incomeuniversity.com instant-booster.com megapromoter.com megawealthpackage.com minuteprofits.com money-license.com moneybank.com plugin-income.com press-blast.com promote-biz.net promotionpalace.com sebastianfoss.com seo-secret.com submit-it-easy.com …

It doesn’t hurt to link to this post with “Sebastian Foss” in the anchor text ;)

Update: I received a threat from Sebastian Foss, so I’ve edited this post (look for original text followed by changes). I’m not 100% certain which instance of “Sebastian Foss” sends out the email spam, but all known instances of Sebastian Foss are obviously spammers. More Information on the spammer Sebastian Foss and his clones respectively multiple/virtual personalities.



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No search, more fun: Netscape spamming Google

Google dislikes crawlable SERPs. But Google still indexes huge chunks of SERPs, and to make it worse, these disliked URLs sometimes rank above other useless webspam from Amazon, Ebay, and cohorts on the very first search result page.

For example Netscape is still flooding Google’s search index with crap as per the quality guidelines, which clearly state:

Use robots.txt to prevent crawling of search results pages […] that don’t add much value for users coming from search engines.

Netscape.com lacks a robots.txt, but how many patterns does it need to identify these pages as SERPs? Next search.netscape.com has a robots.txt, but it lacks a Disallow: / directive, respectively Disallow’s of all their scripts generating search results.

Is it that simple to get gazillions of useless autogenerated pages ranking at Google? Indeed. Following the Netscape precedent every assclown out there can buy a SE-script, can crawl the Web for a bunch of niche keywords, and will earn free Google traffic just because he has “forgotten” to upload a proper robots.txt file and Google isn’t capable of detecting SERPs. I mean when they don’t run a few tests with Netscape-SERPs, where’s the point of an unenforced no-crawlable-SERPs policy?

I just found another interesting snippet in Google’s quality guidelines:

If a site doesn’t meet our quality guidelines, it may be blocked from the index.

I certainly will not miss 1,360,000 URLs from a spamming site ;)



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Yahoo! search going to torture Webmasters

According to Danny Yahoo! supports a multi-class nonsense called robots-nocontent tag. CRAP ALERT!

Can you senseless and cruel folks at Yahoo!-search imagine how many of my clients who’d like to use that feature have copied and pasted their pages? Do you’ve a clue how many sites out there don’t make use of SSI, PHP or ASP includes, and how many sites never heard of dynamic content delivery, respectively how many sites can’t use proper content delivery techniques because they’ve to deal with legacy systems and ancient business processes? Did you ask how common templated Web design is, and I mean the weird static variant, where a new page gets build from a randomly selected source page saved as new-page.html?

It’s great that you came out with a bastardized copy of Google’s somewhat hapless (in the sense of cluttering structured code) section targeting, because we dreadfully need that functionality across all engines. And I admit that your approach is a little better than AdSense section targeting because you don’t mark payload by paydirt in comments. But why the heck did you design it that crappy? The unthoughtful draft of a microformat from what you’ve “stolen” that unfortunate idea didn’t become a standard for very good reasons. Because it’s crap. Assigning multiple class names to markup elements for the sole purpose of setting crawler directives is as crappy as inline style assignments.

Well, due to my zero-bullshit tolerance I’m somewhat upset, so I repeat: Yahoo’s robots-nocontent class name is crap by design. Don’t use it, boycott it, because if you make use of it you’ll change gazillions of files for each and every proprietary syntax supported by a single search engine in the future. When the united search geeks can agree on flawed standards like rel-nofollow, they should be able to talk about a sensible evolvement of robots.txt.

There’s a way easier solution, which doesn’t require editing tons of source files, that is standardizing CSS-like syntax to assign crawler directives to existing classes and DOM-IDs. For example extent robots.txt syntax like:

A.advertising { rel: nofollow; } /* devalue aff links */

DIV.hMenu, TD#bNav { content:noindex; rel:nofollow; } /* make site wide links unsearchable */

Unsupported robots.txt syntax doesn’t harm, proprietary attempts do harm!

Dear search engines, get together and define something useful, before each of you comes out with different half-baked workarounds like section targeting or robots-nocontent class values. Thanks!



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Categorizing posts with blogger (rant)

Google knows everything about AJAX. Why the heck can’t I assign categories to old posts without hassles? “Edit posts - change number of listed posts - scoll down - edit - scoll down - choose/enter categories - publish - repeat” is just 7 full page reloads/actions too much. On a slow DSL connection this archaic procedure drives me nuts.

Dear readers, when you click on “Labels” most probably you won’t find related posts :( I’m adding categories when I update an old post, but UI flaws hinder me to categorize the whole archive. Sorry.



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Better don’t run a web server under Windows

IIS defaults can produce serious troubles with search engines. That’s a common problem and not even all .nhs.uk (UK Government National
Health Service) admins have spotted it. I’ve alerted the Whipps Cross University Hospital but can’t email all NHS sites suffering from IIS and lazy or uninformed webmasters. So here’s the fix:

Create a server without subdomain domain.nhs.uk, then go to the “Home Directory” tab and click the option “Redirection to a URL”. As “Redirect to” enter the destination, for example “http://www.domain.nhs.uk$S$Q”, without a slash after “.uk” because the path ($S placeholder) begins with a slash. The $Q placeholder represents the query string. Next check “Exact URL entered above” and “Permanent redirection for this resource”, and submit. Test the redirection with a suitable tool.

Now when a user enters a URL without the “www” prefix s/he gets the requested page from the canonical server name. Also search engine crawlers following non-canonical links like http://whippsx.nhs.uk/ will transmit the link love to the desired URL, and will index more pages instead of deleting them in their search indexes after a while because the server is not reachable. I’m not joking. Under some circumstances all or many www-URLs of pages referenced by relative links resolving to the non-existent server will get deleted in the search index after a couple of unsuccessfull attempts to fetch them without the www-prefix.

Hat tip to Robbo
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Yahoo Pipes jeopardizes the integrity of the Internet

Update: This post, initially titled “No more nofollow-insane at Google Reader”, then updated as “(No) more nofollow-insane at Google Reader”, accused Google Reader of inserting nofollow crap. I apologize for my lazy and faulty bug report. Read the comments.

I fell in love with Yahoo pipes because that tool allowed me to funnel the tidbits contained in a shitload of noise into a more or less clear signal. Instead of checking hundreds of blog feeds, search query feeds and whatever else, I was able to feed my preferred reader with actual payload extracted from vast loads of paydirt digged from lots of sources.

Now that I’ve learned that Yahoo pipes is evil I guess I must code the filters myself. Nofollow insane is not acceptable. Nofollow madness jeopardizes the integrity of the Internet which is based on free linkage. I don’t need no stinking link condoms sneakily forced by nice looking tools utilizing nifty round corners. I’ll be way happier with a crappy and uncomfortable PHP hack feeded with OPML files and conditions pulled from a manually edited MySQL table.

Here is the evidence right from the Yahoo pipe output:
Also, abusing my links with target=”_blank” is not nice.


Initial post and its first update:

I’m glad Google has removed the auto-nofollow on links in blog posts. When I add a feed I trust its linkage and I don’t need no stinking condoms on pages nobody except me can see unless I share them. Thanks!

Update - Nick Baum, can you hear me?

It seems the nofollow-madness is not yet completely buried. Here is a post of mine and what Google Reader shows me when I add my blog’s feed:
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And here is the same post filtered thru a Yahoo pipe:
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So please tell me: why does Google auto-nofollow a link to Vanessa Fox when she gets linked via Yahoo, and uncondomizes the link from Google’s very own blogspot dot dom? Curious …



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Spamming wannabe SEOs: SEO Affiliates, Cleveland, Ohio

Got this email from a site owner today:

I can put your site at the top of a search engines listings. This is no joke and I can show proven results from all our past clients.
If this is something you might be interested in, send me a reply with the web addresses you want to promote and the best way to contact you with some options.

Thanks in advance,

Sarah Lohman
SEO Affiliates
124 Middle Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44035

I told him long ago that he should dump that site if its affiliate earnings from MSN and Yahoo traffic drop too much, and now some spamming assclowns from Cleveland, Ohio guarantee a #1 listing for crap, sheesh. Here’s the polite reply:

I’m sure you’re joking coz being a that experienced SEO you should have noticed that this site suffers from Google’s death penalty for various good reasons since 2002.
Go figure spammer

Sigh. Off to submit a ton of my email addresses to the spammer’s idiot collector.

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Priceless SEO Advice

Just stumbled upon: If you are too stupid to use a computer you might try giving SEO advice. Best business plan ever, for idots ;)

My favourite:

Q: Why are SEO Consultants too expensive for webmasters?
A: I personally used a firm that did a 250,000 site submissions for my site, it worked great.

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How to stop email spammers abusing contact forms

Recently some email spammers figured that my contact forms aren’t that safe and started relaying their spam through my machine. I’ve spotted the abuse late on a Saturday, as my inbox got flooded with cc’d emails and bounce messages. I forwared such an email to my hosting service and whilst I cleaned up my inbox they stopped the spammer. Awesome service, thank you National Net!

NationalNet support patched my PHP scripts
if (ereg(’^[_a-zA-Z0-9-]+(\.[_a-zA-Z0-9-]+)*@[a-zA-Z0-9-]+(\.[a-zA-Z0-9-]+)+$’, $email-from))
mail($email-to, $email-subject, $email-message, $email-headers…

and they sent me an email explaining what they did to stop the spammer within 15 minutes or so.

GrayWolf posts a similar case and recommends this helpful page with PHP code to stop header injection, there is more useful stuff in the manual’s comment section, and a great thread at WMW. I found that a combination of the NatNet patch and the tips provided there, plus a few custom add-ons like database lookups, should secure my email forms in the future. Next step is sending automated complaints to the spammers ISP.



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The "Internet Advancement" - Scam

Rand Fishkin, a respected and well known SEO, was cold called by a jerk from a “SEO firm” (read scammer) who tried to sell him laughable services like monthly submissions to 8,500 minor search engines to “gain ‘linkpop points’ which boost the rankings in all major engines like Hotbot, Netscape and DMOZ”. Rand’s “Internet Advancement”-asshats transcript is pretty funny, and I agree that there should be kinda SEO-blacklist anywhere on the net to prevent small businesses from wasting their marketing budgets.

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