Short mention about my blog beeing spammed

 
August 16th, 2007 - Filed under Internet Marketing & SEO by Cristian Mezei
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I am beeing overrun with tens of comments from this very sick guy (real human, not robot), so I was forced to put all the comments to moderate status, as well as banning the entire .rima-tde.net hostname. Banning individual IP’s didn’t worked. The guy kept coming back.

Any ideas for my problem guys ?

Update: The guy keep on doing it (now using Romanian IPs, USA IPs etc):

Spammer

I guess it’s the price to pay when you have “admirers”.

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35 Comments so far

L3ST said:
August 16th, 2007

Just add to blacklist some of the words he’s using. Is he promoting any website? Add his website to blacklist if so.

August 16th, 2007

Just add to blacklist some of the words he’s using

He will just use other words.

I can’t block simple words like “lie” or “you”. Anyway, this scenario, no matter how you look at it, is unpractical.

Is he promoting any website?

He did comment (actually spammed) about a month ago, with a real estate forum. But now, no URL. Just the name (Mihai).

Billy said:
August 16th, 2007

Are they spamming in an uncontrollable fashion? How about limiting the number of comments per hour?

August 16th, 2007

The solution it’s called SpamKarma. Trust me .. it works. I’ve been using it on about 20 blogs. No spam passes through.

You can set Domain Blacklist and also IP Blacklist using it ;)

In preferences set it like this:

- Severity: Kinda mean
- User Level – Strength: Strong
- Blacklist – Strength: Supastrong
- Captcha Check – Strength: Enabled
- Akismet Check – Strength: Strong (also set your WordPress.com API Key)
- Stopwatch – Strength: Strong (makes sure commenter has been on page for a certain number of seconds before commenting)
- Link Counter – Strength: Strong (Penalize if there are more than X links in the comment content – ideally set this to 1)

Cheers,
Alex

August 16th, 2007

Alex, this is not your ordinary spam. It’s a user that uses different IP’s, different data, human text, passes all captcha and math verfications. Passes akismet aswell, although I marked the comments as spam each and every time.

It stopped for the moment, simply because I entered all the comments into moderation mode, before they appear on the blog.

He did try to see if he can still comment though, with a few “test” comments.

August 16th, 2007

Then I see no alternative than moderate all of them :/ I haven’t experienced something like this … ever.

alinush said:
August 16th, 2007

hah, I got a few e-mails with that guy on the posts that I was subscribed to comments. Moderating the comments is the only way unfortunately. Don’t worry, he’ll get bored soon though. Some people have no life I guess.

August 17th, 2007

Well, is like with kids. Be boring until he quits. Moderate until he will see he has no chance and he will leave :-) I guess…

dojo said:
August 17th, 2007

I can feel your pain and it’s a pity. Such people make the entire internet experience bad. I also use comment moderation from the first moment. It’s a tad more complex than allowing comments from the moment they’re posted, but I can have more control over the entire thing. Akismet is awesome ideed, but some comments do pass this “shield”.

I have also noticed the “spam” commments that are not to promote an illegal site or content, but means for the blog owner to promote .. some don’t take the time to write something really meaningful, so in my opinion such comments are not OK either. I like to comment on other blogs, but it’s also important to share something interesting or at least put some thought on that comment.

I would recommend keeping comments under moderation. We are visiting our blogs at least daily (when we write new content) so it’s not such a big deal to also read the comments and decide what to do with them.

I hope the guy will slow down and leave you alone. The blog here has a really good content and it would be a pity for all the hard work you put into this.

emaicome said:
August 17th, 2007

Sorry dude, that must be awful!

Clarks said:
August 19th, 2007

I feel sorry for your situation. its easy to detect and ban bots using some simple plugins like akimist, or captcha. But human spam is very difficult to detect.
If you visit your blog daily, then its better to keep them in moderation.

Ethan said:
August 21st, 2007

This guy is a sick individual and I hate him and his kind. I hope he’s reading this – if you are the spammer then you’re the lowliest life form and you are being despised.

August 23rd, 2007

My goddness. Normally I don’t comment on issues like this, but I can clearly see you are dealing with a stocker here.

I think this kind of behavior qualifies for a Police-investigation. I would have been nervous if this happened to me. You never know what wirdoes like this guy could decide that you “deserve”.

Ask someone in the Police-force about it., Preferably someone with experience in investigating Internet related criminal activities.

Probably they will just sigh and have no suggestions, but as long as you file a formal complaint regarding it, you at least have a possible court case to feed your lawyer with. If your lawyer is any good, he will love to “nail” the guy.

Good luck with it anyways Cristian.

Misu said:
August 27th, 2007

haha! you have a lot of fans. this is the tribute you have to pay for being famous :P

August 29th, 2007

What I found to be a viable solution is to do the option that lets users freely comment if they have a previously approved comment. Then that way, the rest is taken care of by BB+Akismet.

August 31st, 2007

Yeah, like there are only 45.000 of Sharon Craig’s online … That’s only a pseudo anyway.

September 2nd, 2007

It’s a shame to see bloggers having to moderate or close comments because of stupid spammers. I see the number of people using nofollow rising, but it doesn’t stop the spammers – they don’t check first, they just spam more to make up for the nofollowers :(

LA Head Shot Photography said:
September 2nd, 2007

report him to the F B I internet crimes unit!!!

victor said:
September 2nd, 2007

he will get bored

T said:
September 8th, 2007

I had the exactly some 59101924 happen to me!

Manish Mathukiya said:
September 15th, 2007

This is ridiculous buddy. How many spams you’re getting a day? If no-follow is used and he has nothing to promote, why he is spamming?

September 19th, 2007

Get an IP ban script, redirect him to a gay site, like iamgay.com :)

September 22nd, 2007

Report him/her to your host and/or ISP and let them handle it.

One of the spams says something about breaking out a window. You break out anyones window in the past few years?

Amit said:
September 24th, 2007

You should contact his ISP if he is a serious problem to you. :(

mlankton said:
September 29th, 2007

This guy should lose his internet license. Good luck, and hope you don’t ever have to deal with this kind of idiot again. I do everyday, but they pay me for it. I work in Corrections.

Strategic Internet Marketing said:
October 29th, 2007

I’m wondering why he do this. So unethical! pity for u.

Tori said:
December 9th, 2007

So sorry to hear about your spam. I have experienced the same problem with one particular person so I am now moderating all of my comments too. It’s a shame, but it works. The person I had would leave me 20 – 30 irrevelant comments a day bashing all of my work and harrassing me, just like your person. I debated reporting it to the police, but I hate to say it – Detroit police do not seem to take cyber issues very seriously.

Please update us with what you have decided to do and if you have experienced and success. I am sure there are tons of great bloggers in our position!

Tori

Pirahna said:
January 2nd, 2008

Hey, don’t forget piry antispam.

And this isn’t spam, it’s only a suggestion.

SEO INDIA said:
February 23rd, 2008

i think u should use aksimat its available on wordpress and very good plugin

Sudheer said:
March 30th, 2008

How do you know he is a real human being and not a bot?

March 30th, 2008

A robot can’t be that intelligent.

He’s either the smartest amongst robots, or the dumbest amongst humans.

In any scenario, he’s a tool.

Sudheer said:
March 30th, 2008

Sorry. I hadn’t read all the comments before posting my previous comment. Use a firewall on the server and block the offending guy’s net mask. You may end up blocking few proxies as well.

June 21st, 2008

Askimet is realy cool as a spam protection. I can really recommend it!

John said:
July 11th, 2008

Yes Askimet is realy good. Better take something like this than using “no follow” – what google wants us too…

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