When I first brought up the issue of humans manually comment spamming, a lot of people were skeptical, but those in the know were very worried. According to Abhijit Nadgouda of ifacethoughts and The Guardian, comment spammers are now hiring cheap labor to break through captchas and registrations to spread comment spam all over your blogs.
Though a single spammer cannot be as fast as a machine, thousands of them together than spell a lot of trouble. Captchas force you to identify certain characters and enter them, which machines cannot follow. This works fine assuming that humans, for whom captchas are built, do not spam. The outsourcing trend will overcome this.
I’ve been telling you for a couple years now that captchas and comment registration don’t work. Simple captchas can be easily bypassed by comment spamming bots that crawl the web on their bellies, looking for bloggers with a false sense of security.
Either way, with comment spamming becoming the next telemarketers of the cheap labor force, and taking advantage or “third world” and low income areas, I fear comment spamming has reached a new phase.
When I encountered by first batch of human comment spammers, using phrases from my article and even my name, I was really nervous. How do you fight against such evil?
Nadgouda recommends search engines penalize comment spamming websites with a blacklist, but this is not as easy as it appears. Akismet is the only comment spam fighting tool working overtime to fight off comment spam successfully, though Spam Karma and Bad Behavior WordPress Plugins have long been at the top of the pack. In combination, little gets through. Still…
As I recently proclaimed, I’m winning the battle against comment spam, but when it comes to human generated comment spam, that’s going to be a tougher battle to fight and win. Humans can come up with a wide variety of phrases and random things to say that appear to continue the conversation.
In a recent article on my family history blog about Bringing the Past Alive in Historical Gardens, the comment spammer wrote how historical gardens in the far east rarely used plants but often used other natural elements in their gardens, a clear reference to the many gardens mentioned in the article which represent a time and place in history. The link to the spammer’s feed riping “information site” was wrapped around the period at the end of the sentence. I wouldn’t have even noticed it but for the fact that they used microsoft.com as their URL and I won’t allow such idiocy. By editing the comment to change that, I discovered the hidden link around the period. Buggers!
Luckily, WordPress uses “nofollow” tags in all comments by default, so the link didn’t get the comment spammer much, except for search engines who visit my site and don’t recognize the nofollow tag. I killed the comment anyway.
How do you fight against that kind of comment spam? You tell me.
Either way, you are warned.
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