November 8, 2004

Comment Spam Attacks

I have been hosting my blog about my experiences learning to fly for a little over six months. The first four months were hassle free. Then around early September, I started to notice comment spam showing up on my posts and recently it has become a big problem that needs to be resolved.

Spammers have frustrated e-mail users by filling e-mail boxes with unsolicited messages for many years. Now spammers have turned their attention to blogs. According to Wikipedia spammers post comments to blogs in order to "increase the page rankings for the site in the search engine Google. An increased page rank means the spammer's commercial site would be listed ahead of other sites for certain Google searches, increasing the number of potential visitors and paying customers."

Originally, I was receiving just a few spam comments a week and I manually deleted them. Recently I received 200+ spam comments in one day. As a result I will turn off the comments option a few days after each post and see if this cuts back on the spam. In the meantime, I will evaluate plugins like Jay Allen's MT-Blacklist that can help eradicate comment spam. Another option will be to upgrade to a newer version of Moveable Type. If anyone has suggestions please let me know.

Posted by at November 8, 2004 5:28 PM

MT-Blacklist was working fairly well for me by making comment spam easy to detect and delete. Then I got hit hard one day (several dozen), and I decided it wasn't worth it. 200+ would make my blood boil.

I think I remember seeing a plugin that turns off comments after a predetermined time. Something like that would probably be worth the time to install. That way you can set it and forget it.

It's a shame that your site is getting hit, since it's a great site for aspiring pilots to stumble upon and post comments. Damn spammers.

Posted by: Aaron at November 8, 2004 10:37 PM | Reply

Yeah, I just started getting some nice "texas holdem" attacks myself. I just installed mt-blacklist and can already tell it is better than trying to managed a "banned IPs" list. :)

Posted by: Jason at November 10, 2004 3:00 PM | Reply

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