On Blog Spam

6 Sep ’05

Tyler Hamilton writes in the Toronto Star on the scourge of blog spam:

No matter where you go, what you do, or where you hide on the Internet, the one thing you can always count on is that spammers will find you.

They’re like the grim reaper and the tax man. And the blogging community is no exception to this rule of Internet life.

I’ve been playing a whack-a-mole game with some spammers who are taking advantage of the comments section of my personal blog, which serves as an extension to my bi-weekly Clean Break column.

It began with a trickle of the usual suspects. I’d get the odd comment trying to lure visitors to a list of porn and poker sites. But the trickle soon turned into a constant flow, and I’ve recently spent much of my time deleting comments and blacklisting IP addresses, with limited success.

Via Mark Evans: “I can commisserate with Tyler’s spam woes as I try to deal with the flurry of obnoxious porn and poker ads appearing as “comments” on my site. Just as the powers that be went after e-mail spam, it now appears the time has come for the blogging community to seriousloy tackle spam 2.0″.

WordPress is doing a pretty good job of keeping my blog mostly spam free, but there are days when it threatens to get out of control. My prediction is that this will get a lot worse before it gets any better.

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