When I came into the room last night, I was surprised to have over 150 emails telling me about comments posted on my blog.
They were all coming from the same place – a series of sexually oriented websites. The purpose was to get their address on my website so search engines would consider them more important. I suppose it works, which is why it’s done. Here’s an article from Wired which goes into more detail.
To me, that meant manually removing every spammy message. It was a pain until I figured out how to automate the removal. Even then it’s dumb to be forced to do this.
There is a way to protect myself from this automated onslaught, and I’ll implement it when we return to Connecticut. I’ll also be looking to see if Google is willing to accept the names of these spammers, so their trick stops working.