Who likes SPAM?

Just as you receive spam in your email account you also will get it as comments on your blog. Such comments can come from bloggers who have nothing better to do than leaving nasty remarks on your work or it can be generated by software programs known as ‘spambots’.

What on earth is a ‘spambot’ – you may ask! To be honest that was my reaction as well. Wikipedia defines a spambot as the following:

“A spambot is an automated computer program designed to assist in the sending of spam”.

A spambot should not be confused with a so-called regular robot or a web crawler. Web crawling or spidering is used by search engines and many other websites to obtain up-to-date information. A spambot can be considered a web crawler ‘gone wrong’ that surfs the net looking for blogs and forums to submit spam to the comment fields of those sites.

How to reduce spam!

Very irritating but apparently reasonable harmless apart from the fact that spam comments can affect your appeal to search engines. It is quite simple to prevent such comments on your blog and blogging package such as WordPress and TypePad offer a good screening solution.

        CAPTCHA

You all have seen or used the ‘letters and numbers’ you may have to copy before being taking serious when you order something, leave a comment or subscribe to website. This is called CAPTCHA verification and it works because it lets humans pass a test that computers can’t!  It may be a bit frustrating but it does reduce spam.

        Signing in

Although this is an option to help preventing spam it is to my opinion also a way to get fewer comments. I usually leave as soon as I see that I have to sign on because I always get the feeling that I am subscribing to the site. It is too much trouble for the spammer but also for the genuine blog reader!

        Filtering Software

Software that can be installed easily and that will run all the time. Hosted blog sites such as WordPress, TypePad and BlogSpot offer such a program. It filters all comments and grades them before they are visible. You as a blogger have the opportunity to allow a comment or not. If your blog provider does not offer this service you can download a package quite easily. Akismet  is free to download and will do the job.

Spammers use many different tactics to get their ‘message’ across and the more methods you as a blogger use to prevent spamming comments the better. Sometimes a spammer can be compared to a bacteria or a virus – you may stop them in one way but they have the ability to come back in a mutated form for the next attack.

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Posted on March 13, 2012, in Content, Structure and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

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