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Blog spam outpacing email spam

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Sunday October 1, 2006 )

The Taming the Beast blog has been operating since late December 05 in its current form; i.e. using proper blog software. For the first few months, spam comments were few and far between – but it’s been getting out of hand in the last couple of months; to the point where I finally took real action yesterday.

I can feel my frustration levels dropping already. I haven’t had to manually deal with a single spam comment in nearly 24 hours. It’s a great feeling, so good that I’ve just written and published my latest article – Dealing with blog comment pam.

If you’re like me and have held out on upgrading your WordPress installation to v2 for whatever reason, read the article to discover why you should upgrade right now :).

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I still remember the days when spam was just a mystery meat product and the subject of a Monty Python sketch from the 1970’s :). Little did the Monty Python team know that their rather odd skit would be the inspiration for the term used in relation to a plague of the online age.

Being very cool guys, Monty Python have never attempted to sue for royalties, nor has the company who produces the meat product as far as I’m aware; although I’m sure the manufacturers of Spam have cringed somewhat at the associated connotations :)

I’ve located a copy of the Monty Python Spam skit if you have 3.5 minutes to spare. View it with an open mind and understanding that Monty Python, like raw oysters, is an acquired taste :)

Anyhoo, I was digging around in some statistics earlier today and discovered that blog spam comments appear to be outpacing the incidence of email spam in terms of volume percentages.

Akismet, an anti-spam plugin service for blogs, currently shows that 93% of all comments filtered through its system have been flagged as spam. That’s based on over a quarter of a billion comment scans.

Postini, an email filtering service, currently pegs email spam as constituting 79% of all email communications. That figure is based on over 400 million emails. The last stats I accessed in relation to ThinkHost’s email filtering, the web hosting company I work for, place the spam volume at around 72%.

Imagine how much bandwidth is used up each year in spam, not to mention the millions of hours and dollars spent in combating it – it sends shivers up my spine thinking about it; especially when contemplating the future. I’ve often wondered if it’s possible that the Internet could become so clogged with spam transmissions in their various forms that our broadband connections may start acting like dialup.

The Taming the Beast blog has been operating since late December 05 in its current form; i.e. using proper blog software. For the first few months, spam comments were few and far between – but it’s been getting out of hand in the last couple of months; to the point where I finally took real action yesterday.

I can feel my frustration levels dropping already. I haven’t had to manually deal with a single spam comment in nearly 24 hours. It’s a great feeling, so good that I’ve just written and published my latest article – Dealing with blog comment pam.

If you’re like me and have held out on upgrading your WordPress installation to v2 for whatever reason, read the article to discover why you should upgrade right now :).

Related:

Anti-spam email filtering services
Dealing with blog comment pam.



 

 
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