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    Ride It Like You Stole It CowgirlUp's Avatar
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    Trackback Spam
    My site and blog have only been up 2 months. These past 3 days I keep getting a trackback notification on one entry that is about fishing and has nothing to do with ions! Every trackback request is trying to sell Xanax, Oxy etc.

    Fortunately (or I guess I should say luckily because I didn't know I had this option) I can choose not to approve them.

    Does anyone else have this problem? Should I be happy I'm getting enough traffic to get spammed?
    Last edited by rgrsgrl; May 7th, 2007 at 08:21 AM. Reason: spelling
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    Happens all the time. What blog platform are you using? Wordpress has a great plugin called Akismet automatically installed that filters out 99.9% of comment and trackback spam you might be getting. I get about 700 of these a week and so far only 2 or 3 have got through and I had to manually mark as spam in my moderation list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rgrsgrl
    Does anyone else have this problem?
    OH Yeaaaah. It's pretty common! Eventually you'll get annoyed with those notification emails and become desensitized to them (and potentially miss a real comment). If your blog is a wordpress site, then I highly recommend that you install the Akismet plugin. It works great for me.

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    Ride It Like You Stole It CowgirlUp's Avatar
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    Thanks guys! Oye, so I can expect a lot more spam huh?

    I've seen a few Word Press blogs and I'm really impressed with them. Mine is with Go Daddy's quick blog. I've got all sorts of bells and whistles I'm still sorting through. I'll have to dig a little deeper into the toy box and see if I can find anything similar to Akismet. I can't even begin to imagine sorting through 700 trackback requests a day!

    Thanks again!
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    Affiliate Manager MINDsprinter's Avatar
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    I've never used Go Daddy's service, but I heartily recommend Wordpress. If you're not married to what you've got I'd consider switching....
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    My wife set up a template web site for a nonprofit group she's working with, and included a "comments" template so people could post comments. The template has no mechanism to edit or delete comments.

    I told her that within 2-3 days she'd see a flood of "comment spam," and she'd probably need to disable that template completely.

    To my astonishment, more than two weeks later, the site has been featureed in several prominent news articles in our regional newspapers, and there are dozens of genuine comments -- and not one spam comment. It won't last forever, of course, but my wife is quite happy to see me proven wrong.

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    Lite On The Do, Heavy On The Nuts Donuts's Avatar
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    A well-known ABW'er pal of mine set up a blog a few years ago and I had given him an seo back link from a related site of mine. I was combing through my backlinks and visited his long abandoned blog - it was overflowing with spam - to the gills and beyond - and it had all kinds of porn and pills and who knows what else. So I called him up and he said he hadn't even looked at it in years - we were both very surprised by the huge volumes of daily posts there. It clear that no human beings were interacting there - just blog spam bots, lots of them. He took down the site and I deleted my backlink to it. It's shocking to see - kind of like what happens in florida if you stopped mowing your yard, in a few months, you wouldn't recognize the place - in a year or two, nature would create chaos and an ecosystem where your house used to be. Amazing how fast scum grows when it's unchecked.

    Anyhow, I saw a link today at a blog, at the bottom of it's page, that said:
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    Bad Behavior has blocked 4757 access attempts in the last 7 days.
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    I checked it out and apparently it's like the "akismet" thing mentioned in this thread - a tool to automatically combat blog spam.

    I don't run a single blog, so I'm out of my element in this thread really. But would think a blog spam tools list here might be helpful to some webmasters. Right now, is it...

    Blog Spam Tools for Webmasters:
    Akismet
    Bad Behavior

    Others?
    Last edited by Donuts; July 27th, 2007 at 09:58 AM. Reason: spelled akismet wrong

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    I use expressionengine and they have a pretty good spam stopper i haven't had but one in the past 6 months

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    I use comments moderation on Blogger.
    If I see a comment that I don't want published, I reject the comment.
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    I highly recommend Wordpress as well. You do have the right idea though in approving comments ahead of posting to your blog. Askimet in addition to approving really works, as already mentioned in some other posts here.

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