Yesterday afternoon our tech team finally upgraded this blog software to have better anti-comment spam protection and this morning I woke up to ZERO comment spam. WOW, is this a neat thing!
Just to give you an idea, this blog has (197 blog posts) and 168 comments in it right now. Over 1,800+ comment spams were sent in the last two weeks alone! That’s over 3,000 per month that I had to sift through to make sure the legitimate posts were added to this blog.
What’s “Comment Spam” you ask?
These are comments that are added to a blog or website most likely by an automated bot for the purposes of getting auto-approved (many blogs run auto-approved rather than moderated) to artificially inflate search engine rank and get free traffic.
I rank comment spam in two basic types:
Type 1 Comment Spam: Personalized comments most likely made by a human that give meaningless 1-sentence praise or an attaboy and then ask for a link back. Usually it’s only one link that this type of comment spam is looking for.
Example: I loved your article or comment and agree with you. – John.
Type 2 Comment Spam: Comment Spam Whore level — almost always fully bot automated designed to ask for 20-200 links back if you approve the comment spam. The greater majority of the comment spams were from the Poker, Texas Hold’em, Casino, and Pharmacy trade.
I’m free for the momment of comment spam but I’m sure this too shall evolve and we’ll be fighting some other form of it in the future.