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Spam vs. Comments Vs. Views

  1. I have been getting a lot of spam/comment entries similar to the following:

    make money online fast
    youtube.com/watch?v=Al2XPf2DgwE x
    [email redacted]
    130.185.109.209
    Submitted on 2013/04/21 at 2:28 am

    Hi there, I log on to your blogs regularly. Your story-telling style
    is witty, keep doing what you’re doing!

    The entry above shows up as spam but looks like a valid comment. I would like to know how this spam/comment has been made. It looks like it has some sort of subject, a youtube link and an email address.

    Another concern is that while I seem to get a large number of these the number of views does not reflect the number of spam comments indicating that the spammer has not read the blog post. How are these being made?

    Thanks for any help solving this puzzle.
    Bob

    The blog I need help with is flbob42.wordpress.com.

  2. Anyone can subscribe to the RSS feed on any public blog. There are human beings who get paid to post spam. There are robotic programs that post spam. There's nothing unusual about what you are getting. We all get it.

    The vast and overwhelming majority of all so-called information on the internet is spam. Over 80% of all so-called comments submitted to .wordpress.com blogs every day are spam.

    The worst of all spam containing malware and viruses is not sent to us. It's removed as it could bring down many blogs if opened.

    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.

    There is no such thing as eliminating all spam but Akismet works very well. 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/

  3. Thanks so much for the help and the aksimet link. Very interesting.

    I found it interesting that the number of spam messages increased significantly with my previous 3 blog posts that discussed the origins of email spam. Seems like I started a war.

    Bob

  4. There's a huge spam wave going on and we are always behind the spammers who hire people to spam and invent new ways to get their links on our blogs. Akismet is a learning engine.

    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.

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