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Saturday, December 8, 2012

The Blogger Spammer

Blogger, owned by Google, offers an amazing free blog hosting platform.  Unfortunately, by its very nature it has also become a comment spammer paradise.  What happens is the comment spammer sets up a free account.  The tell tale sign they are a comment spammer is there is only a profile, no picture or information and very seldom a blog, just a bare minimum profile.  If there is a blog, it is more of a splog (spam blog).  The next tell tale sign is their date of becoming a member on Blogger.  Usually it is only a few days before the spamming starts but can be within the month and quite often they start with a test message.  If their test message appears, a bombardment of spam messages will follow and continue depending on how many complaints before Blogger pulls their plug.  If a blog within the Blogger system displays the blog hopping bar, it makes it more susceptible to comment spam from those joining Blogger for that purpose.  If the blogger hasn't set their comments to moderation, they can quickly find a number of comment spam on their blog.

There really isn't a lot you can do about this situation if you use Blogger.  It is going to happen from time to time because even Blogger itself does not know if someone is going to be a comment spammer when they sign up for the services.  The best course of action is to always have comments set to moderation.  That way you can nip any comment spam in the bud before your readers have to see it.


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