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The Waterboy 1998
If you are a blogger spam is an occupational hazard. Every morning when I get up there are usually several hundred spam comments in my filter (I like to take a quick peek in the off chance there is a false positive dropped in there) that are cleaned out. On a rare occasion the odd spam e-mail will be missed by my filter.
Most of the spam looks something like this (I’ve removed the links that were contained in them) The Generic complement:
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On Tuesday morning I woke to an inordinate amount of comments in queue, I figured a post might have been ‘lanched until I looked a little closer at the comments:
Politics is a messy stuff. I really hate politics and everything related to it but hey, sometimes you can also get something out of it. ,*`*”
Notice the style, if this spam is blasted to 100,000 blogs the filters for quite a few political ones might see this one and let it through as mine did. A similar systems would work with a pop blog and this comment that my filter did manage to flag:
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I’ve met a guy who makes this spam for a living, the idea is to plant links and generate hits for their customer in any way possible, their contract is based on hits so whatever generates them is fair game. It’s no different than inserting a phrase like: “Kristen Stewart naked pics” with the knowledge it will draw at least several hits a day every day for a long time.
You might think: “Hey it’s a single spam comment, what’s the difference if one makes it through?” Well if you like may others have your comments to automatically allow comments from people who have previously commented before that one authentic looking comment will lead to hundreds of spam links all over your site and in your history in just a few days. And once the spammers establish the hits are coming from you, you will be targeted.
Even worse, in an environment where people comments on a blog are used against the writer this can be used to plant nasty comments in your queue, or to allow the spoof attacks we’ve seen against bloggers like the Lonely Conservative.
What should you do? Here are some hints:
1. Set your blog to automatically close comments after a few days. (That will prevent spam from being planted in older posts.
2. Don’t automatically approve comments not even from previous commentators. Your blog is your reputation don’t just let things in.
3. Look at the IP addresses. If you have a regular commentator and there is suddenly an atypical comment from them compare the ip addresses, if it doesn’t match the vast majority of their comments drop them an e-mail and ask if the comment was from them.
4. Remember comments aren’t life and death: Yes a lively conversation on the blog means more hits, but if a comment waits in the queue for an hour the sun will still rise the next day. Haste means mistakes and mistakes are trouble.
You can tweak this advice for your own blogging needs but a little prevention will save a headache later