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Michael Gracie

Blog spam is unrelenting, and relatively ineffective

Where do the CPU cycles come from?

At 5:15pm MST this evening, I arbitrarily deleted all the spam comments caught by Akismet here. I say arbitrarily because they get automatically deleted through the passing of time, but I decided on a whim to send what was sitting there to the trash anyway. I then left for dinner.

As I started typing this post there were 862 spam comments, all pitching. The offers apparently included Viagra and Cialis, as well as nude pictures of Paris Hilton and Rosario Dawson (the very latest peaked my interest for a moment – a moment I say!) but I clicked through none.

Just before hitting the publish button there were 875 comments headed for the can. It’s precisely 8:49 pm right now. That’s 875 spams in three hours, thirty four minutes. Or approximately 4.1 per minute – one every fifteen seconds. I suspect this is a very low number as far as the blogging world goes too.

Of course, the filter is nearly always successful. But imagine a world where blog spam (as well as email spam) was stopped at the source.

I bet it would be a big hit to the business of selling CPUs.

Comment spam is too cool

Joe Budzinski noted he had to take “draconian” measures to block comment spam on his weblog.

I’d hardly call keyword blocking “cool site” draconian, but I even missed that one myself. I’m going to miss all the compliments though.

Comment spam – splog problem or smog problem?

Boing Boing founder and co-editor Mark Frauenfelder likened comment spam to environmental polution, saying:

“You have to waste brain cycles to filter it out, or, if you own a blog, you have to go through extraordinary measures to keep it out.”

Can’t target Boing Boing for any funnies here, as the blog beats Spamroll’s traffic by what…10 trillion X? But I can say that the extent of my wasted brainpower was installing the latest version of MovableType with its newest spam filtering capabilities. Since then, virtually nothing (at least that is causing me any headaches that is).

Blogger is still going…

but how about the spam? I haven’t seen much in the way blog spam coming from Blogspot as of late. Chris Pirillo was screaming bloody murder about it a few months back, as were other high-profile types.

What happened to Google’s splogs? Did someone put the breaks on it, or is everyone still having a problem with it (and it just so happened to be the sensationalist news of the day)?
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Gotta love the misspelteding

Elliot Lee loves comment spam with spunk. The fact that the spammer’s site misspelled the word “editing” on the same page he offers a Dreamweaver course (which includes a link to an “academic calendar”) is hilarious.

Why bother Spamroll?

I get about a hundred comment and trackback spams a week. I know there are others who get a lot more, so it doesn’t bother me too much. And I know that a lot of these comment spams and stupid pings are automated, but I just have to laugh nonetheless.

Anyone dumb enough to spam a spam site deserves what they are getting. And what they are getting is added to a blacklist, and I pull no punches. Even if I only cleaned them up once a month, everything is moderated, so all the spams are useless until I get around to trashing them. And even if I never trashed them (which I only do to keep the database clean), Spamroll runs “no follow” anyway.

In summary: To all you spammers, you are just wasting your time (and really not wasting much of mine, as it only takes about five minutes per week to make you disappear).

Comment/Trackback spam to get scored

Movable Type has a new version of their blog software now in beta. Included in the latest feature set are a variety of admin tools, and a new comment/trackback spam filtering system. The new spam enhancements are supposed to work like traditional Bayesian spam filters, scoring comments and trackbacks according to relevance, and dropping the garbage into a junk folder.

I’ll send over a report after testing, post-beta of course.

Comment spam trail not so surprising

To anyone who has received a load of comment spam on their blog, what PC World found surprising will come as, well, no surprise.
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Is Google Becoming A Central Theme in Spam Wars?

I came across this post from A Whole Lotta Nothing, which struck a familiar cord: Blogspot is hurting America. Well, I am not sure how much it is “hurting America”, but it certainly seems like it could be hurting bloggers.

Is the Blogger product really being used by spammers to game Google search results? Does Google know this is going on, and if so, are they doing anything about it? They are in the same building, aren’t they?

Seems like a simple solution could work as follows…
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There are spam blogs, and then there are SPAM BLOGS#*$@&!

Adrants posted this quicky (see Adrants: Weblogs Are The New Spam) regarding a report by Dave Sifry of Technorati, pointing out blogs as the latest spam culprit. They used the term “horrifically depressing” right at the front of the post, for additional FUD factoring.

Thank goodness Dave responded, to clarify matters.
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