Human Spam: From Genesis until It Hit You
Every now and then, I like to check my real-time stats and I noted a close relationship between spam and SEO. Perhaps you’re wondering, ha which is the big news? Well in my case, I didn’t think that it’s so planned!
It’s really evident how targeted is the spam, for me and I bet, for you too. All we can be hit for those bad guys.
I’ve increased in a huge way my indexed pages, reaching good ranking for certain keywords with my SEO efforts, more after my move to WordPress. Also at the same time, more spam is coming, but not any spam: I’m talking about human-spammers with deliberated and methodical ways to reach you!
I’ll illustrate you with few stats: the genesis of a human spam, it sounds interesting, isn’t it?
Let’s begin with stats:
As you can observe, those human-spammers were searching specific keywords to attack, in this case: “leave a comment” “kitchens”. He stayed few minutes to post his “bad donation” and here is the result:
Where can I confirm that is the same person? The IP is the same in both cases – bingo!
Also as you know, they target mainly old posts – may be for the ranking, but I believe that the main reason is that they think that old posts are not monitored like the new ones – wrong my “spammy friend” 😉
This case was from India, but as you will perceive the countries don’t matter – we are “international” talking about spamming, here it’s another from UK:
Same thing, “soccer blog” “leave a comment” and my post about Uruguay Food Football more best of the week, was hit!
Better for him, that it hasn’t comments (I warned people that zero comments on some old posts, were due to the fact that I lost some of them in the transition to WordPress)
Here is the spammy comment and both show the same IP * bingo* again.
The result: a generic comment, where you can find it put on other blogs.
Again, a good confirmation of human spam: is totally deliberated and planned, by persons, bad/fake “SEO agencies” or rarely very smart bots (but I don’t think that these are the cases). Surely, there are human spammers that mask their IPs changing them constantly, therefore try to block them it’s useless.
What possibilities do you have to fight that human spam?
Comment Spam WordPress Platform
As I explained in my post of the transition from ID to WordPress more plugins like GASP, you get out most of the spambots, and they’re minimal, but not human-spamming.
- With Captchas, again you can reduce bots, but not human-spam.
- Aksimet plugin can catch some of them or not, depending of the settings – even ban legitimate users, but I don’t recommend it.
I’ve had a bad experience with it – being labelled as spammer for mistake taking about a month to try to be “normal” again and not all my comments being deleted or sent to spam.
So what are the options?
A simple way is to add several targeted keywords by spammers on: Discussion Settings / Comment Blacklist.
You know them: casinos, pills, etc – I don’t want to put my list to avoid being indexed for that words and receiving even more spam 😉
When human spammer triggers a keyword-listed, this comment will go straight to spam.
Certainly you can set to moderation all your comments – this up to you. Depending of the influx of comments / spam this can be a daunt task.
Comment Spam Blogger Platform
As I’ve been on Blogger and then I moved to WP, I’ve this problem also there.
First rule, if you let your guard down, you blog will be FULL of spam in old posts – never allow this. You’ll lose rank and as you are your own “brand”, you’ll be sinking irremediably with the blog.
- Set to Moderation all your comments. I know this is not pretty and comfortable, but it’s worst to delete them after they were posted.
- Don’t allow anonymous comments – they are the worst.
- Install external comments system. This was my option with Intense Debate, read my experience with ID with all my problems, I don’t recommend it.
- Disqus: I don’t have an opinion with them, I’ve seen positive and negative feedback. Give a try and let me know in comments 🙂
Returning to WordPress, my blog is CommentLuv and Keywordluv enabled and since some time, it’s partially Do-Follow.
What does it mean? You must reach 5 comments done with the same name and email to be Do-Follow. This is an extra measure for the human-spam that posts crap and run.
If approve for some reason a spammy comment, anyway NFFree will not give you a Do-Follow-link, till you reach 5 comments. Sorry, you’ll work a bit harder to reach it.
I’d like to hear your voice and tell me which method you use to minimize human-spam on your blog.
I think that the positive feedback between bloggers is essential, because this is a constant task and it can be improved, always 🙂
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