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When 'Viagra' comments on your blog, and other spam red flags

Angela West | Feb. 9, 2012
Comment spam, also known as blogspam, has existed since the dawn of blogs. It's created for one purpose: to insert a link on your site back to the commenter’s website. Comment spammers are getting craftier at the game. Comment spam was a much larger problem for bloggers in the nascent days of blogging before improved spam blockers, when you could easily spend 10 minutes a day moderating a blog. Matt Mullenweg, the creator of WordPress, actually created a spam blocker for WordPress called Akismet in 2005, partially so his mom wouldn’t be assaulted by Viagra ads while writing her blog.

Akismet isn’t just for Wordpress either. It works with Ruby on Rails, Python, various iterations of PHP, multiple versions of .Net, and other platforms you can find here. If you want an in-depth description of the history of comment and blog spam and how Akismet deals with it, check out the video here.

If you are operating at an enterprise or developer level, CommentLuv Premium may be a better-priced alternative to Akismet, with a one-time cost rather than a subscription.

Angela West is a former link builder who does penance by fixing computers for needy people, like her family members. She's written for big insurance companies, small wildlife control businesses, gourmet food chains, and more. Follow her on Twitter at @angelawest and Facebook.

 

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