Phil Sim

Web, media, PR and… footy

Trackback spam getting out of control

Trackback spam is going nuts. While Akismet does a fair job on spam comments, it doesn’t seem to catch nearly as many trackbacks and I’ve basically given up trying to delete it all.

My suspicion that this is getting a bit out of control was confirmed by a media release from security company Sophos yesterday, which was basically leveraging off news that

a Filipino online news service, www.newsbreak.com.ph, found over 27,000 links to adult webpages had been posted on its website”.

Sophos issued the release as a warning to blog owners, but I’m tipping most of us already have a pretty good idea of the trend.

This really is a major problem for the blogosphere. My Recent Comments widget is basically useless because its full of spam and if it does force bloggers to start turning off features like comments and trackbacks, where does that leave the great “conversation” then?

Spammers, you suck.

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18 Responses

  1. Caitlin says:

    Phil, why don’t you turn on word verification? People are used to it on the internet and it’s honestly not an imposition (well it’s less of an imposition than spam). I have word verification on my blog and, although my traffic is probably much lower since it’s a personal blog, I’ve only ever had one spam message and it was actually relevant to the post, which makes me think it was done manually (it was an ad for music tickets on a post about a Madonna concert – I deleted it anyway)

  2. […] bloggers we have a hard enough time dealing with site scrapers, comment spammers and trackback hijackers so the least we can do is show respect to each other. For the few seconds it takes to make sure of […]

  3. Phil Sim says:

    That’s fine for comments, but it doesn’t help with trackbacks, Caitlin.

  4. Phil,

    I’ve had the same problem as well. I’ve started taking a look at all the IP addresses and adding them to the WP.com blacklist. Slowly the amount of spam is reducing.

  5. morganusvitus says:

    The site looks great ! Thanks for all your help ( past, present and future !)

  6. […] noticed over the past few months that more and more bloggers are simply turning off the trackbacks – and Steve Rubel say’s their dead.  I’ve left […]

  7. Henter says:

    Creative eheconi site. My respect!

  8. Melly says:

    Thank you for you work! Good Luck.e

  9. Smit says:

    This is a great tutorial thanks!o

  10. […] bloggers we have a hard enough time dealing with site scrapers, comment spammers and trackback hijackers so the least we can do is show respect to each other. For the few seconds it takes to make sure of […]

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