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Spam, spam, spam, spam

I get more than 23 spam com­ments here for each legit­i­mate one. Spam fil­ters catch most of them, but occa­sion­ally one slips through and I have to delete it man­u­ally. And once in awhile, a legit­i­mate com­ment gets tagged as spam, so I have to res­cue it. (Some­times I miss those and they get deleted. If I did that to one of yours I apologize.)

Oh, how I hate those parasites.

In case you’re not aware, com­ment spam is valu­able because Google and other search engines rank sites based on how many other sites link to them. Google tends to fil­ter out any site that’s just a bunch of crappy links, so just mak­ing sites solely for that pur­pose is a waste of time. But a link in a com­ment from a site Google con­sid­ers legit­i­mate (this site has a Google page rank of 4 out of 10, which is not too bad for a blog with a lim­ited audi­ence) does count. Enough such links, spread out over the inter­net, gets a site onto the first page of Google search rank­ings and decreases the cost of pur­chas­ing ads.

That’s worth money, so scum­bags write pro­grams to scour the inter­net, find­ing sites where auto­mated com­ments can be entered. They are often writ­ten to look kind of like a generic nice com­ment, such as “Excel­lent points. Keep up the good work!” with hid­den links. If you write a real com­ment that looks generic like that, it’s likely to end up in the spam filter.

Sigh. Sorry for the non-art post, but it’s kind of frustrating.

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  1. Janet says

    Wow. Every­one has to stay up on IT, even the lonely art prophet. Thanks for explain­ing this, and good luck. BTW, I tend to get less spam on my Mac. Does the pro­gram you use to host the blog make a difference?

    Janet, the IT-a-phobe

  2. David says


    I use a Mac, too, but this site is located on the servers of an inter­net host­ing provider. That way, the site doesn’t go away when my com­puter isn’t on.

    The pro­gram it runs on is called Word­Press. While Word­Press can run on a Mac if you set things up right, the host­ing provider runs the blog using a set of Unix pro­grams (Mac OS X is tech­ni­cally a ver­sion of Unix, but this is a dif­fer­ent ver­sion known as Linux).

    The pro­gram the blog runs on does make a dif­fer­ence. In this case, I use a cou­ple of dif­fer­ent spam fil­ter­ing plug-ins (add-ons to Word­Press) to reduce spam. That helps a lot, but they still get through sometimes.


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