Comment Spammers

by john on January 12, 2004

Comment spamming is really becoming a huge pain in the neck for webloggers. It’s truly a battle. MT-Blacklist handles most of it, especially now that I have automated the updating of the blacklist, but there are still some that get through. Earlier this week I had one guy run a script that generated almost a hundred comments in just a few minutes. I have hopefully prevented that from happening again to me, but it looks like it has now happened to Erik and Dan as well.

So why is this happening? It’s business of course. Marketers see Blogs as pages with high pageranks on Google and even better they allow anyone to easily enter links to their own sites. What could be better? Adam Kalsey points out a Spammer Discussion that shows just what a business this is.

If you’d like to see an example of what an unprotected weblog looks like after the spammers come knocking take a look at this entry on Yole’s seemingly abandoned weblog. Go down about 10 comments or so to get to the start of the spam.

If you aren’t vigorous in your defense of comment spam that is what your site will look like soon.

{ 6 comments }

Joe Grossberg January 12, 2004 at 3:43 pm

I don’t understand why the blacklist wouldn’t work.

Was every one of those spams different (e.g. link, content, IP)?

john January 12, 2004 at 9:37 pm

In my case there were no URLs – it was just someone who gets his jollies causing trouble like this. Or perhaps testing a script that would later include link, who knows.

A Work In Progress January 13, 2004 at 5:00 pm

I Am Mister Quick Trigger

In short, my message to spammers is this: I’ll delete your comments and rebuild before Google has a chance to reindex my site. So. Don’t. Fucking. Bother.

Kent February 9, 2004 at 5:59 am

How is it?

Creno February 20, 2004 at 5:48 am

Thee best bloggg

Numit February 21, 2004 at 6:37 am

Yeeeahd, it’s csool

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