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Blog Spam
October 24, 2003 — 6:00 pm

Though I haven’t experienced any blog spam yet, I have seen several pieced of spam hitting our guest page. Anyway, this article may be of interest to those of you who are thinking of starting a blog. Especially if you plan on using Movable Type.

Across the Web, spambots were churning through bloggers’ comment threads, leaving behind dozens of links embedded in key phrases like “buy viagra” or “diet pills.” Others, more deviously, posted innocuous blurbs like, “Nice site you have here!” and embedded the spammer’s URL in the comment signature, under fake names like “underage,” “cheap shoes” or “phentermine.”

Bloggers agreed that, unlike garden-variety e-mail spam, the comment spam they were receiving was not designed to attract click-throughs. Its primary audience wasn’t human; it was the all-seeing search-engine robot.


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