No Spam For Me, Thanks

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I could be setting myself up as a spam target now….

In January of 2009, this blog received 1,455 comment spamming attempts, which my spam filter (Akismet) foiled. The most attempts in one day, so far, is 105. Thank God for spam filters!

I’ve been lucky – nothing has gotten through yet. There are messages that don’t look like spam to Akismet: with a little bit of wisdom and a Google search, I catch the rest. If a comment looks generic, I use Google to search for the text of the comment (in quotes) to see if other bloggers have fallen foul. If I get a search hit, then I know it’s spam!

If you blog, then follow that tip to avoid your reputation being sullied by some tricky sheister!

Here is a graph of the amount of spam caught by day:

So thanks, spammers, for giving me the data to create a pretty graph like this!

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8 thoughts on “No Spam For Me, Thanks”

  1. Congratulations!

    You’ve won an amazing vacation package for four to Sunny countryside England, complete with charming roadside cottages and aging Rolls-Royces with equally aging nobles driving you off the very narrow roads!

    Act Now! Don’t let this Fantastic offer pass you by!

    By ordering today, you will also receive a complimentary roadside hazard kit containing three orange cones and one little flag (no flares are available, sorry!), for when your rental eventually breaks down.

    So sign up today to create Memories that will Last a Lifetime!

    p.s. This offer is not available to anyone who actually reads it. Your mileage may vary (but will be expensive, petrol being where it’s at in the Yukay)


  2. simonstapleton

    @Chris – sorry but you’re too late. I’d already signed up for this when a nice gentleman in some west african country I’d never heard of offered me this holiday plus 10% of $15trillion dollars of which he needs help to get out of a church fund he is managing on behalf of lame children. Given the value of the prize I had to offer my help and my bank details plus passport number. If you want me to cut you in on the deal, you’ll need to provide me with your details so I can pass them on. Think about it – we’d each have $750m each for no work whatsoever.

  3. Unfortunately, the teens from Eastern Europe are getting an online degree thanks to my cheap medication purchases, so I am not able to send you my credentials. Besides, I’m quite busy earning 2,000 to 4,000 per month from home with my new business venture from the Hong Konk businessman ( who is selling Viagra, Vioxx, and free credit reports!

  4. I would normally like to comment in detail on this thread, but right now I am in the process of having my penis enlarged using a neat device I found advertised on your blog, Chris

  5. READ THIS NOW: Chris I get my Viagra and free credit reports from a wonderful online emporium I stumbled upon – a Canadian Pharmacy some kind chap emailed to me. Who says that random acts of kindness don’t happen?

    p.s. (IMPORTANT) I have resale rights to these products so I can send them to you with only a small processing fee of $99.99

    1. simonstapleton

      Hey Asif can you send me those links through? I am thinking of rebranding the products and setting up some PPC campaigns for an ROI based on PDQ and PLR but I need the MMR first. TFN

  6. I’ve seen over 20k spam comments since June 07, but then again I post like there’s no tomorrow. The only really effective way to stop spam-posing-as-nonspam though is to moderate every comment. It’s a bit more work but well worth the effort.

    1. Eeek John! 20k+ spam comments. How much time do you spend per week moderating the comments? Do you think that this process could be outsourced?

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