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Thursday, September 22, 2005

damn the spam

My blog's getting spammed a lot lately, mostly with comment spam, which I've been deleting. Now I'll have to take measures to prevent this spamming.

Here's what Wikipedia has to say about comment spam (or blog spam or link spam):

Link spam (also called blog spam or comment spam) is a form of spamming or spamdexing that recently became publicized most often when targeting weblogs (or blogs), but also affects wikis (where it is often called wikispam), guestbooks, and online discussion boards. Any web application that displays hyperlinks submitted by visitors or the referring URLs of web visitors may be a target.

A spamblog is an automated weblog that exists solely to send spam (particularly comment or trackback spam) or to facilitate the sending of such spam.

Adding links that point to the spammer's web site increases the page rankings for the site in the search engine Google. An increased page rank means the spammer's commercial site would be listed ahead of other sites for certain Google searches, increasing the number of potential visitors and paying customers.

Check out the Wikipedia entry.

Posted by Joey Alarilla :: 8:17 PM :: 2 Comments:

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