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29 August 2005



I too am trying to get to the bottom of blog related spam. Comment moderation works well (in MT) but trackback spam is where the real damage gets done. Somehow, rogue ISPs have managed to latch onto email addresses of MT authors and are relentlessly pinging old posts - presumably in an attempt to get people to visit their poker, Viagra or porn sites. Looks like I need yet another plug-in...

Tom Keefe

I've noticed that several posts I added several months ago to the IABC Cafe blog are just now getting the attention of spam comments. I wish we didn't have to be in a defensive posture with spammers, finding ways to keep them out, rather than making it too painful for them to spam in the first place.


Dennis, one thing I like in the new MT version 3.2 is the new feedback scoring system as part of automating a more effective way of dealing with spam of all types. Info here:


Doesn't stop the spam but it makes dealing with it a lot easier.

Tom, I don't think anyone knows how to actually stop spam. or if it can be stopped. I don't think it can be. Part of life.

Michael P. Whelan

Thankyou for the very informative and helpful post. I have not encountered this problem as yet, but as time and content move forward it is essential that steps be taken and you have illuminated some essential measures.
Michael P. Whelan


I dont use movable type, but I have noticed that every time I put up a new post - I am instantly struck with 2 or 3 spam comments. It's like there watching me and waiting to pry into my comment box. Those little spam critters are getting smarter each day. Uggh.


Useful conversation this. Problem comes when you want to make a blog pitch to corporates. Unless it's behind the firewall, it gets tough pretty quick. Loic acknowledges this but the developers have got to find a solution that doesn't involve a huge amount of what amounts to site maintenance.

David Craig

I think the reason why people spammed your posts from the first quarter of this year is because those are pages already indexed by Google and have been given some page rank. People out there think this will help them with their own website ranking. I don’t think signing guest books works at all - just annoys people. It’s a bit desperate. By the way this site rocks!



I get one or two spam posts a day, and it's usually the most recent post or two. Very annoying, I use blogspot (blogger) and wonder if anyone has any tips how to combat it in that blog-engine.

One time, I actually took the time to look up the spammer's website on WHOIS by the URL, and used the email address there to email him and tell him I deleted his post and that I did NOT appreciate him spamming my blog. Amazingly, he emailed me back to apologize, but I would bet my blog that he's spamming someone today.


It's slightly more complicated than David says, though he's close.
1) old posts get spammed because people who are lazy are less likely to check them. If they don't review all their comments, those old posts should remain undisturbed.
2) When Googlebot comes along and asks if anything's changed on the site, the server will say "Yes! We've got these links to this site!" Bam, there goes the spam to be indexed by Google.

Forcing "rel=nofollow" on links is thought by some to ease this, but in fact the spammers don't care. They'll hit your blog regardless, because you might not have done it.

Think of it as being like an infestation of something - fleas, cockroaches, whatever you like - and of your blog as a living thing it's trying to infest. It'll go for the unregarded corners.

I did an article on this for The Register talking to a link spammer - Google on "Register link spammer".

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