Saturday, June 11, 2005

Trackback Spam--delete it NOW





BLOG SPAM becomes BLOG ADVERTISEMENTS



Trackback Spam is a vile, horrible attack on a blog, and on all the readers of a blog.

Trackback Spam, like Comment Spam, Trolling Comments, and Abusive Comments, becomes part of your blog, thus part of you, as a person.

All these examples of Cyber-Vandalism act like ads or banners on your blog. If you don't remove them, you are tacitly endorsing them.

Your credibility goes right down the proverbial toilet. Flush!



WHY BLOG SPAM IS BAD


If you're lazy or stupid, and you leave any kind of spam on your blog, your readers will HATE you and STOP visiting your blog. And will tell others to stay away.

Wake up. This is serious.

Why will readers hate you, stop visiting your blog, and spread negative word of mouth about you?


Trackback Spam is Dangerous


Evil spammers will attack, not only your comments function, but also your trackback function.

They do this to promote their con artist, or spyware attaching, sites. It also boosts their link popularity and user hit ranking on search engines.

By leaving the spam as a blotch on your blog, you are unwittingly in league with the vile spammers.

Do you really want your readers to click-select a spam URL in a trackback, visit the spammer's web site or blog, and get a virus, Trojan horse, spyware, or adware...or worse...in their personal computer, or network?

These malware codes can infest and damage a company's network, since many blog readers visit blogs while at work. Think about this. Get some brains, please.

I've seen trackback spam at wonderful blogs...

...blogs I've now blacklisted as worthless danger zones.


ACTUAL EXAMPLE at one of my favorite blogs.


I won't embarrass the bloggers, by naming the blog I found this at, but here is actual Trackback Spam that I found there.

The first trackback entry seems legitimate, but opportunistic, thus I disapprove.

The rest is definitely irrelevant, possibly hazardous, trackback spam.

URLs have been stripped to protect you.


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Trackback and Comment Spam is easy to detect.

It's always irrelevant, opportunistic, greedy, crazy, and aggressive.

If you post a comment, to alert the blogger to the spam, the spammers will retaliate by adding more.

As soon as the spam is posted, they succeed in boosting search engine ranks, in most cases.

Blogger Beware.

Show some compassion for your readers.

Delete this crap IMMEDIATELY.

Or you'll deserve the backlash you'll receive.





[signed] Steven Streight aka Vaspers the Grate



:^(

1 comment:

Max Lowe said...

Hey Str8,

I know this is an old post, but I should mention that this kind of comment spam is exactly the reason I switched my blogging platform to Wordpress. Its built-in comment management tool makes handling loads of comments quick and easy and, with a wordpress.com API Key, you can use the powerful Akismet Plugin to filter out spam.

If you haven't tried wordpress yet, check it out. The self-hosted version (recommended and extremely powerful) is found at wordpress.org and the stripped down hosted version at wordpress.com.

Happy blogging!

Max Lowe
maxlowe.net