Blog Stuff

Sorry about the spam

A particularly vicious spammer latched onto my blog this week. I’ll call it an IT because this spammer isn’t even selling anything. The URL attached to the myriad of names IT uses links to a Facebook verification page. So what the purpose of this attack is, I don’t know. But according to the WordPress forum, my blog is not the only one being attacked by this same spammer.

I know many of you have seen these fake comments pop up in your WordPress dashboard or been notified by email that someone has responded to a legitimate comment you made on my blog. I’m sorry about that. WordPress uses a spam blocker called Askimet, which until this onslaught, has worked extremely well—and actually still is. In the last seven hours, IT posted 193 spam comments on my blog, but Askimet only missed 25 of those. Apparently, they’re  coming in so fast Askimet just can’t keep up.

I thought I had IT stopped by using the first part of the IT’s fake ID in a Comment Blacklist “block”, but early this morning IT launched a new onslaught again. I woke up this morning to those 25 new spam comments that got through Askimet and posted on my blog.

To keep my blog from being cluttered up with these nasty things, I’ve temporarily turned on comment moderation—which I hate. Hopefully, IT will get bored with my blog and move on soon.

Blog Stuff, Writing

A few words about WordPress

This is my third post in four days, wow! Unfortunately, the first two said nothing about writing, so here’s a token on-topic comment. The day before I left on my trip, the dam burst and I added 2,900 words to a chapter in progress, then managed to write a couple hundred more and start editing while I was gone. I hope I can restart that flow of words this next week.

Moving on to WordPress stuff.

When I came home from vacation, I noticed WordPress now adds a “Like” button at the end of our posts (on the actual post page, not the home page) … perfect for when you like a post, but have nothing to add in comment. So, if you read and like my posts, you have three choices: Like, Comment, and ReTweet. Why not go hog-wild and do all three?

WordPress blogs have a built-in spam catcher, which I check regularly. Most days I have no spam, others one or two, but occasionally I have thirty or more instances in a single day … and that usually goes on for days. Some of these leave a generic comment with a link to a website selling something. But most are spammers leaving a comment that is just a string of random English or foreign language words, or most irritating of all—sexually related words. All those spam comments link to either commercial sites (real or scam) or porno sites. I presume not every blog has a spam catcher activated and these comments actually appear on those blogs for readers to see. Do enough readers click through on these type comments to make it worth these scammers’ efforts?

When I signed up for this blog, I read that WordPress occasionally runs advertising on their members’ blogs, but I have never seen one. A few weeks ago, someone who doesn’t come to my blog very often, ask me about an ad she saw on my post. Have any of you seen an ad on my blog? On any other WordPress blog?

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