I’ve recently been reviewing older posts and came across this one. In those seven years, the number of spam comments blocked has grown to nearly 300,000. This spam blocker remains an amazing tool!
I’ve been writing this blog now for six months. During that time there have been just over 60 legitimate comments to my posts from the small audience I’ve built up. During the same time, the absolutely wonderful tool Akismet has trapped 1,000 spam comments. I used to think that email spam was a complete pain, but it is nothing compared with blog spam. And the stuff is psychologically very clever and thus even more evil than email spam. Blog spammers put a lot of effort into encouraging the blog owner to override the advice of the likes of Akismet and to mark stuff as not spam. Thus most spam starts with things like:
“You are Great. And so is your site! Awesome content. Good job guys!”
“I am so thankful for finding your website! ”
“You have an outstanding good and well structured site. I enjoyed browsing through it.”
Those kind words are then followed by (often many tens of) links to sites selling fake Viagra, pirated software etc. Most overdo the links and so it’s easy to agree with Akismet’s assessment of them as spam. Others though are full of honeyed words and just a single link associated with the name (which legitimate commenters are allowed to have too). It is more difficult to resist marking these as not spam, though a quick visit to the website in question generally convinces me to resist!
So thanks to those that have posted genuine feedback, and a very big thanks to the Akismet team for saving me lots of hassle of manually removing spam comments. Also I’d like to wish all manner of uncomfortable and embarrassing diseases on the spammers. Finally I’ll make a plea to those readers that haven’t yet posted a comment to speak up more. Everyone’s feedback is always very welcome.