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I believe someone misuses instructables.com for his own agenda Answered

Hi, i believe there is someone using instructables.com for some kind of SEO scam. I believe it goes like this:

- Post a mediocre/repeating guide
- Add links to different websites, for example to www.american-home-loan.net as seen in https://www.instructables.com/id/How_to_Convert_AVI_WMV_RM_VOB_to_iPod_PSP_Cell_/
- Have a highly valued site (instructables.com) link to cheap sites
- ???
- Profit

I believe the ??? would eventually be remove the guide and point to some site that seels some crap. This is called a SEO scam if i remember correctly.

So far i have catched 5 different usernames using that scheme (i believe the same person is behind all of them):

https://www.instructables.com/member/byrdcarlyle/
https://www.instructables.com/member/disraedole/
https://www.instructables.com/member/arlenegeorge/
https://www.instructables.com/member/gilmergraham/
https://www.instructables.com/member/aliceanton36/

Check out the guides, they are basically all the same with a link in the first part at least repeated twice. It all points to the same server and even CMS, however, different hostnames are used.

I would like to hear a second opinion.

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tecneeq (author)2009-03-02

So, did i earn a cookie, then? A simple well spotted doesn't do it for me ;).

BTW, i flagged a bunch of them as spam before i started this thread, but i doubt i got them all.

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NachoMahma (author)tecneeq2009-03-03

. Great job! It looks like you went to a lot of work to track all that down. Thanks for making Ibles a little better. . Sorry, but no cookie. :( All I can offer is my heart-felt thanks. . . How about posting some info on what tipped you off and what you did to investigate? It should be of help to the rest of us SPAM hunters.

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ReCreate (author)Goodhart2009-03-03

YES I ATE YOUR COOKIE,NOW GO EAT YOUR DRY CEREAL

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ReCreate (author)Goodhart2009-03-03

as i wish? now get me a new computer

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Goodhart (author)ReCreate2009-03-03

Tomorrow's computer ;-) pet powered....

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ReCreate (author)Goodhart2009-03-03

NONONO,BAD KITTY GET ME TODAYS COMPUTER RIGHT NOW OR ELSE YOU WONT GET ANYMORE DRY CEREAL!!!

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Goodhart (author)ReCreate2009-03-03

Not NICE to call kitteh BAD kitteh:

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ReCreate (author)Goodhart2009-03-03

Thats it,no more dry cereal for you Instead,YOU WILL HAVE TO EAT TUNA FISH!

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Goodhart (author)ReCreate2009-03-03

I don't think that is a good idea....animal cruelty and all......besides... ;-)

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ReCreate (author)Goodhart2009-03-03

oh no im way too skinny you wont like eating me Recreate-CLONE:HOW DARE YOU EAT YOUR OWNER!!! MMMMMMMM!(means no in cat language)

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Goodhart (author)ReCreate2009-03-04

and "burp" is the answer to the question and means tasty ;-)

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ReCreate (author)Goodhart2009-03-04

my dog will protect me from that owner-eating cat
GRRRRR!(means go away in dog)
MMMMMMM(Means no in cat)
MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM (means "Beat it,cat" in cat)

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ReCreate (author)ReCreate2009-03-04

GRRRRRRRRR MMMMMMMMMM EKKKKKKK(Means "dont mess with me" in cat) MMMMMMM MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM GRRRRRR

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ReCreate (author)ReCreate2009-03-04

WATER SHHHHHHSHHHHH(means in cat"PANIC!!!!")

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triumphman (author)Goodhart2011-10-18

you must enjoy animal doodo!

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Flintlock (author)Goodhart2011-10-18

Oh, wow. Bumped topic from the very distant past.

Lemme get my TARDIS.

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ReCreate (author)Flintlock2011-10-18

FALSE! Only timelords can pilot a Tardis, and there is only one timelord left. The Doctor!

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Goodhart (author)ReCreate2011-10-19

Um, not accurate: River Song (i.e. Amy's Daughter) could pilot the Tardis....

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ReCreate (author)Goodhart2011-10-19

...
Oh yes. Forgot about that. *cough*

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Goodhart (author)ReCreate2011-10-19

And we forget that, after Rose looked into the Heart of the Tardis she too could pilot it.....she took it back to where the Doctor was.

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Flintlock (author)Goodhart2011-10-20

Now, I can't recall. Did Rose pilot it, or did the tardis pilot itself (which it has been known to do whenever she's angry) while blowing up Rose's head with info?

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Goodhart (author)Flintlock2011-10-20

It was kind of a combo I think: the tardis wasn't going back by itself that time, so it and Rose as a team (as BAD WOLF actually), piloted it back....

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Flintlock (author)Goodhart2011-10-19

*real name* Melody Pond (Williams?)

I just watched that episode (Let's Kill Hitler).

I fell behind on my Doctor Who time.

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Goodhart (author)Flintlock2011-10-20

Yes.....the only "time slot" I have to actually watch any tv when it first airs is Sat night, so I at least keep up with them (for now).

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ReCreate (author)Goodhart2009-03-04

I have lured the dog away with a big juicy stake now AHHA!!!

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ReCreate (author)Goodhart2009-03-04

Umm...whew...you have some bad breath its weird how this little cat turned into a fat cat a dog in a box three different coloured kittens and then some sort of tiger

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Goodhart (author)ReCreate2009-03-04

He/we is/are schizophrenic ;-)

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ReCreate (author)Goodhart2009-03-04

Rephrase that please...also is that person in your avatar you? is that very recent?

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Goodhart (author)ReCreate2009-03-04

He is (or) we are schizophrenic.... ;-) and yes, that is fairly recent. I need to clean up my neck of some of the beard yet to make it look more presentable....

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ReCreate (author)Goodhart2009-03-04
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Goodhart (author)ReCreate2009-03-05

ok, let's make is a lesser disorder then, MPD (multiple personality disorder). ;-)

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ReCreate (author)Goodhart2009-03-05
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triumphman (author)Goodhart2011-10-18

Is this an instructable ?

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Goodhart (author)triumphman2011-10-18

Nope, it'd need more steps....

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ReCreate (author)Goodhart2009-03-04

i like cats,in fact i have 2

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ReCreate (author)Goodhart2009-03-04
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ReCreate (author)Goodhart2009-03-04

AHAH!!! I WILL PROTECT MYSELF WITH MY SUPER-DUPER-WATER GUN! DONT BE FOOLED BY ITS SIZE,IT CAN SQUIRT UP TO 50 GALLONS OF WATER A SECOND!

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tecneeq (author)NachoMahma2009-03-03

From every instructible i read the title, the first few sentences and the first picture in my RSS Feed reader. Then, if something interests me, i read it all. That way i never miss anything ;). So, there was this one ible that starts like www.american-home-loan.net and i am like WAIT A MINUTE!, my spider sense tingles! Then i saw in my Reader that there is a whole bunch of ibles starting with URLs that more or less look the same. Then my spider senses tingled again, this time even harder ;). So i searched a bit and found what i found.

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11010010110 (author)tecneeq2009-03-02

search for american-home-lawn

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lemonie (author)110100101102009-03-02

"No instructables found! Take this opportunity to Submit one!" L

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