Blog Spam?

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So, am I the only blog not getting spam? I keep hearing bloggers complaining about it - but I've never had an ounce of spam here. What makes a blog more attractive to spammers, and darnit, why haven't I attracted any?!?

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Archived Comments

Comment 1 by JohnB posted on 12/24/2003 at 2:19 AM

ha, i just sent you an email with some updates i've only just made to blog.cfc to allow me to better protect myself in such an event.

Comment 2 by JesterXL posted on 12/24/2003 at 2:20 AM

For one, this comments form is in a pop up, and not linked directly to your blog article. Blog spammers find blog articles that are high in google rankings, and then leave comments on them to raise their own rankings. However, since they can't technically leave comments on this page easy, unless they do it manually, they pass on by for easier prey.

Comment 3 by Matthew Walker posted on 12/24/2003 at 2:34 AM

I have the same "problem." IP blocking code and word filtering already to go and nothing to try it out on. ;-) I think it's simply because you're not using Movable Type.

Comment 4 by seancorfield posted on 12/24/2003 at 4:01 AM

MovableType is an easy target because the comments URL is well-known. Your blog software uses an 'unknown' URL but I suspect if spammers began to find high-ranked Google articles on blogs powered by your software, they'll figure out your comments URL and spam will start appearing. I get hit about a dozen times a day - it's a pain!

Comment 5 by PaulH posted on 12/24/2003 at 7:43 AM

perhaps. but i'd like to suggest it's ray's santa clause poll. perhaps spammers have a "fear and loathing" of santa claus ;-)

Comment 6 by Brajeshwar posted on 12/24/2003 at 8:49 AM

Lucky you. I just finished deleting 22 different blog spam since I woke up. To hell with these spammers, If I came across any of them, I will definitely give them a nice thrasing. If I can't do anything, I will throw a big stone at them from afar or many many stones.

Comment 7 by Oscar Trelles posted on 12/24/2003 at 9:39 AM

It is definitely your blogging system. I was wondering about the same while ago, until I checked my 404 errors in my statistics... lots of attempts for well-known and all kind of comment management scripts and template files. Then I realized I wasn't so 'unpopular' among spammers, but my system is somewhat immune to their techniques for being custom-made.

Comment 8 by Brajeshwar posted on 12/24/2003 at 3:26 PM

I just deleted mt-comments.cgi from my mt directory as a temporary measure.

Comment 9 by James Edmunds posted on 12/24/2003 at 10:46 PM

Bad thing about writing all your own code for your blog: you have to write all your own code for your blog.
Good thing about writing all your own code for your blog: little likelihood of blog spam. Although I do get referrer spam, mostly to Paris Hilton video come-ons!
James at

Comment 10 by Karis posted on 12/25/2003 at 12:35 AM

I said that too on my blofg and paid a heavy "spam" price!