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  1. Hi.

    Kinda new to this... Excuse me, sincerely, if I did not read the fine print somewhere or am missing some part of the puzzle.

    Have noticed that the spam I get as comments on my posts are often from large, corporate pages such as Nike and Uggs. Quite bothersome, even if they get stopped and I delete them.

    Just curious about this. I have not noticed a way to report spam, only to delete it permanently. Perhaps this button should be right next to "Permanently Delete"?

    At the moment I am wondering why/how these larger entities are allowed to post obvious spam on other peoples posts in a bid to draw in consumers? It's literally nonsense that they are posting. These companies have millions of dollars in budget on advertising without defecating on our blogs... absurd they are doing this...

    Tried searching for related topics on here, but didn't really find anything that answered questions... if anything the stuff I found made me leery about how WP handles this kind of stuff...

    Is there more to this than I am aware? Or are they actually allowed to do this? Anything I can do? Anything you can do?

    Regards.

    The blog I need help with is faradaysmessage.com.

  2. If the spam is getting caught just "Empty Spam" when looking at the spam - if a comment gets through Akismet if you mouse over the comment you will see a "Mark as spam" option - please click on that and it will help Akismet (the great spam filter system here) learn what is spam

  3. Yes. I understand that. It gets picked up by the filter anyway.

    I'm more curious as to why corporate entities that happen to have wordpress pages are allowed to do it to begin with...

    Are they penalized for this? Or is spamming pages like that allowable behaviour here?

  4. User Advertising is not permitted here and spamming is not permitted - because your basic blog is free here many scam artists open catalog sites here and try to sell stuff - typically with an Amazon Catalog link - that lasts until someone flags the site or the Terms of Service group finds the blog - then it is suspended - if you are getting spam comments from WordPress.COM blogs - go ahead and flag the site as spam - mouse over the blog name at the top of the browser window and click on "Report Content"

  5. Glad to hear. Will report the sites next time rather than just deleting.

  6. Thank you for responding.

  7. You be welcome & good luck with the cleaning

  8. Have noticed that the spam I get as comments on my posts are often from large, corporate pages such as Nike and Uggs.

    Those are not from those companies. They're from counterfeiters, bootleggers, trademark infringers, etc., usually from China, Malaysia and several other countries.

    Pure fraud, plain and simple.

  9. Actually, they CAN be from those large companies, if they happen to outsource "social media outreach" to spammy companies.

  10. "Actually, they CAN be from those large companies, if they happen to outsource "social media outreach" to spammy companies."

    They aren't. These companies do not employ social media outreach people to post blog comments.

    Right now, many, many, many blogging services--not just WordPress, but Livejournal, Blogger, and others, are being slammed by tens of thousands of blog spam messages advertising Ugg boots, designer handbags, Nike shoes, and so on.

    None of these are corporate spam. They are being created by a large network of people, mostly in Eastern Europe, affiliated with Eastern European organized crime. The Web sites they are advertising, hosted on servers in China, the Netherlands, and elsewhere, are advertising phony designer goods, fake tennis shoes, fake watches, and so on.

    One of my blogs, over at Livejournal, is currently averaging about 200 of these messages *per day*. Every message may contain as many as 20 Web addresses, the majority of them hosted in China, Romania, Russia, Kazakhstan, and the Netherlands.

    If you visit one of these sites three or four months after it has been advertised, you will usually see a notice that the domain has been seized for trademark violation. It does not matter; the criminals behind them are creating new sites at the rate of nearly a thousand a day.

    Enough people are duped by these phony sites that it's profitable for them to invest in automatic tools that search for and place spam messages in blogs.

  11. There is no way to block any spammer who uses a stable of dynamic and ever changing IPS. Why fret about this? Akismet is catching it all. As Akismet has sequestered these spam comments you can simply click "empty spam" button. On the spam that Akismet catches it takes only seconds to click "empty spam" and you don't even have to click "empty spam" if you don't want to. Akismet will maintain comments it has caught for 15 days from the time they were received, and then it will delete the comment automatically.

    If you get spam that slips by Akismet then mark it as spam (do not delete it) and over time Akismet will learn it's spam.

    For more information please take the time to read "5 things every blogger should know about spam" on this page Akismet: How it works http://akismet.com/how/

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