Gold Spam in the Blogger part of the WoW Blogosphere

Within 24 hours, several of our blogging peers have reported being hit by gold ads in their comments, and have therefore tightened the requirements for commenting.

Unfortunately, where Gmail shines with its rather strong antispam mechanisms, Blogger currently has little to offer in terms of automation.

For those wondering how things are on WordPress, here is how it works:

  • WordPress can do either full manual moderation or use some basic filtering rules which will place the comments running against those in a moderation queue (filtering by words and by amount of hyperlinks)
  • Various plugins can provide more and smarter antispam filtering, the most common one being Akismet (which works well for me).

Using Akismet, at the time of this writing 122 spams have been held for review, and so far I haven’t had a single false positive yet. Nothing else has been sent up to moderation so far (though Akismet probably catches them all anyway). Part of the moderation duties is simply logging onto my dashboard once a day, clicking the Akismet queue, browsing through the spam and hitting “delete all”.

Altitis still has a moderate readership, though, so the workload associated to comment spam fighting remains very light. This has also allowed me to leave comments unhindered by word verification methods so far. If I were to implement those, there’s a bunch of plugins available to do the job here too.

And that’s pretty much the exact shade of green on my patch of grass.

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6 Responses to Gold Spam in the Blogger part of the WoW Blogosphere

  1. Galoheart (46 comments) says:

    Gold sellers just remind me of cockroaches really. But your log is your domain and you have to protect it from them as well as in the interest of protecting your readers as best you can from negative effects of it.

    I don’t really have as much a problem before with Gold Sellers spamming my comments section. But lately they gotten out of hand and I can raise my own hand to delete every comments of theirs unless i have to resort to full moderation which i hate to have to do. Since i can blog while mobile i know any comment that drops by and if i need to remove it i can do it while mobile if i have to easily since i can do it on my IPhone and even while at work as it takes only a few sec to do. I’ve seen that they like to try and spam gold selling comments in the early morning when they think your not awake to see them sneak them in on your blog.

  2. Eerc (1 comments) says:

    I am guessing this is gold spammers new way of getting traffic to their websites. Reminds me of then they would send a whisper or tell to you. Now their new method is to sit by the mail box in a major city and just /say and peddle their wares that way.

    Guessing they are getting desperate and need more, so hitting bloggers is their newest thing now. (I only know it as new, cause I haven’t seen it yet)I was hoping to get a IP from the person, but my stat counter didn’t nab it for me. Unless they are looking for pages, then setting up what they want to say then hitting a mass send at midnight to everyone. Or they are using spyware/bots to do their dirty work.

    Either way, guess we need to stay vigilant and delete their comments quickly or set it up to make it harder to make comments. Just my 2cp.

  3. Veneretio (1 comments) says:

    Interestingly enough I don’t find myself bombarded with Gold Sellers spamming my comments. It’s crap like Watch and Car advertisements. Basically anyone trying to get an irrelevant link.

    Definitely every blogger needs a solid anti-spam system in place before starting because the reality is if you don’t… success may kill ya ;)

  4. Matticus (15 comments) says:

    I’ve gotten several WoW Gold spamming links through which I found out about after the fact.

  5. Nibuca (4 comments) says:

    I’m using WordPress and have had really good luck with “Peter’s Custom Anti-Spam” plugin (http://www.theblog.ca/anti-spam). It uses a graphical word image and you get to pick the words. So far I’ve had 0 spam get through the word.

  6. Game Dame (7 comments) says:

    Agreed that Akismet is awesome at stopping spam. Not one has gotten through its filters to my site. I’ve only had one misidentified as spam even though it wasn’t. Highly recommend it.