SPAM is nasty, regardless in which form it comes! Here is the follow-up post by Relatively Chic covering SPAM in blogs and social media with a comprehensive list of effective countermeasures.
Hi, over the past several weeks the Links á la Mode TECH tips developed towards a kind of a meta meta fashion blog post for me. Meta Meta because it is a link list of fashion blog posts, dealing themselves with technical issues and tips related to blogging ;)
Hope you find it still interesting to get some background information about the issues bloggers are facing every day.
Last week IFB TECH links covered spam blogs & copyright, this time it is about the nasty direct spam we receive in our blog comments and social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter.
I am receiving comment spam every day in tons. Fortunately, most of it is blocked automatically by several countermeasures I have implemented so far: customized comment form (very important to confuse bots), CAPTCHA (helps to block bots, but not 100% reliable), blacklists (for the notorious ones), email notifcation and manual moderation.
Spam bots (computer programs, which automatically post billions of spam messages to blogs every day) often use Google to find blogs they can attack. Here is an actual attack vector I have seen in my logs, searching for zenphoto installations:
Interestingly, it also uses the keyword "shoes", obviously to find blogs, which are affine to the kind of spam they want to inject.
But the problem are not only bots, but also humans working in dubious "link building" companies, who are paid to write spam posts and the like.
More in Relatively Chic's How to Deal With Internet Scum, Part 2 post.
Here is the complete Links á la Mode TECH list:
Fashion Bloggers & Social Media: The Perfect Match
Edited by Joanne Faith
Fashion bloggers are natural social media experts. Beyond our blogs, you’ll find us on Facebook and Twitter, some are on YouTube, as well as a plethora of other connected communities (IFB!). I am confident enough in our abilities to say that we know how to use social media (effectively) better than most, and I probably don’t need to tell you what a wonderful skill that is to have right now! Naturally, a few week links related to issues around social media and I expect the topic to crop up only more often in the future.
I am excited to be apart of the first round of editors for Links A La Mode: Tech, and absolutely thrilled to encourage the sharing of these skills amongst other fashion bloggers. We are definitely not a brainless bunch, and features like Links A La Mode: Tech only prove that even further!