Fighting the Impossible Fight (Again)

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I've gotten quite a bit of track back spam here. Luckily my TB spam list seems to work rather well. For example, I don't get TB spam on drugs anymore since I've covered almost all of them. Now the trend seems to be vacations and cruises. Just a few minutes ago, though, I got an interesting TB from carsblog.biz. She spammed an entry on the intermediate CF contest. For the heck of it I decided to visit the blog. Turns out it appears to be a "real" blog. In other words, it seems like a decent blog on car news. There are even some personal entries in there. (That's how I found out it was a she, since she mentioned her husband, although I suppose it could be a gay man as well.)

I was going to leave a snide comment, but comments are not enabled. Then I noticed a link to Weblogs.us, a free blog hosting service. I took my fight to them and emailed the admin to let them know about the spammer.

It is too bad that someone who obviously put some thought into their blog decided to resort to spamming. Sad and stupid. I've had maybe 2 blog entries on cars here throughout the entire life of the blog.

Of course - while it may be sad - I have no mercy for spammers. So how about everyone who reads this blog send a nice email to the admin of weblogs.us at jd.hodges AT gmail.com. Let him know that a spammer on his site is attacking one of the blogs you read. I don't blame him, of course, but he should be made aware of the problem with one of his scummy users.

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Archived Comments

Comment 1 by JesterXL posted on 12/23/2005 at 9:45 PM

You are better off spending your time improving your blacklisting on your TB vs. complaining to a webhost. Creating splogs, fake blogs created for the purpose of link farming, is easy, and takes little effort to get good content. With the proliferation of RSS, it's cake to use a combination of RSS parsing from legitamte sites as well as screenscraping from others, organize the content onto various blogs, and paste it all into a blog template resulting in a multitude of blogs that continually feed eachothers page rank.

You cannot win against the splogs, but you can prevent them from using your page rank by improving your TB's anti-spam effectivness.

Comment 2 by Ian Sheridan posted on 12/23/2005 at 10:30 PM

hehe well I don't use a CFM blog... sorry i just love to use Wordpress -- but I digress. You might want to take a look at this plugin for Wordpress.

http://unknowngenius.com/bl...

It is a great tool I never get any spam on my site. for a while there I was getting hundreds and this cleared it up tramendously.

- Ian

Comment 3 by Ian Sheridan posted on 12/23/2005 at 10:32 PM

oops I ment to say that you might want to take look to get some ideas for your own solution. :)

Comment 4 by JD posted on 12/25/2005 at 4:50 AM

Hi Raymond. Thanks for your email (and the email from your readers.) I'm glad we got it cleared up that Weblogs.us does <b>not host</b> or have anything to do with the spammer (other than they use a WordPress theme design that Weblogs.us sponsors.) I look forward to your updated entry that reflects that info.

Good luck in your fight against spam.

Respectfully,
-JD