TOKYO (MacHouse) – It’s no secret that many spammers who circulate spam comments around blogs and forums go after affiliate money. It is also true that some rotten companies hire spammers to increase traffic to their websites. For example, Screenshot 01 implies that the website owner at the domain of saecoonline.com appears to have hired a career spammer to advertise its website and Saeco‘s brand name. (Screenshot 02 shows the index page of the website at saecoonline.com. Screenshot 03 shows the index page of Saeco’s US website.)
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How about HostGator? HostGator is a Houston/Texas-based web hosting company. (Screenshot 04 shows the index page of HostGator’s website.) A few weeks ago, a HostGator affiliate circulated at least one spam comment around blogs and forums. (See Screenshot 05.) We thought this act was done by a notorious Indian affiliate spammer who signs up for various web hosting affiliate plans and circulates spam posts as in the case for WebHostingPad. We reported this incident to HostGator, but its representative did not disclose the identity of the affiliate spammer. (See Screenshot 06.)
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A spammer circulated another junk comment several hours ago. He or she wrote
I’m a new member and so I thought to post some Host gator Coupon for a start.
Hostgator Coupon 20% OFF : GREEN
Hostgator Coupon 20% OFF (October): SPOOKY
Hostgator coupon – “HGC25 – $9.94 discount
Hostgator coupon – “jury” – $9.94 discount
Hostgator coupon – “iceishot” – $9.94 discount
Hostgator coupon – “Hostcritique” – $9.94 discount
HostGator Valentine’s Day Coupon
Coupon code – “Heart” – It saves you 20% on your order!
First Month 1 Cent Coupons ($9.94 Off) http://www.bloggingtipsonline.com/terminal/img/1660/z08q1005awez/confused.gif
1. “iceishot” – $9.94 OFF 2. “jury” – $9.94 OFF 3. “webhostingunleashed” – $9.94 OFF
To save upto $ 9.94 on Hostgator Shared Hosting, enter any of the below mentioned:
Hostgator Coupon Code : WEBHOSTING
Hostgator Coupon Code : TURKEY
Hostgator Coupon Code : FINDMYHOST
Hostgator Coupon Code : TOPHOST
Hostgator Coupon Code : HGC25
Hostgator Coupon Code : 404PAGE
Hostgator Coupon Code : HOSTGATOR
Hostgator Coupon Code : WORDPRESS
Hostgator Coupon Code : ICEISHOT
Hostgator Resellers Coupon Code : CO_NR
This hostgator coupon will give you following discount:
* Hostgator Hatchling 1 year: $6.95 x 12 x 20% Off = $16.68 Discount!
* Hostgator Hatchling 2 year: $5.95 x 24 x 20% Off = $28.56 Discount!
* Hostgator Hatchling 3 year: $4.95 x 36 x 20% Off = $35.64 Discount!
* Hostgator Baby 2 year: $8.95 x 24 x 20% Off = $42.96 Discount!
* Hostgator Baby 3 year: $7.95 x 36 x 20% Off = $57.24 Discount!
* Hostgator Swamp 2 year: $13.95 x 24 x 20% Off = $66.96 Discount!
* Hostgator Swamp 3 year: $12.95 x 36 x 20% Off = $93.24 Discount!
(See Screenshot 07.) This time, the spammer did not mention an affiliate ID. Does that mean no particular HostGator affiliate is responsible for this spam campaign? Actually, each coupon code should point to a specific affiliate. Hopefully, HostGator will shed some light on this matter and explain why they fail to stop their affiliates from circulating spam posts. Why do website owners have to suffer from junk posts because of HostGator’s affilate program?
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