Hurting Comment Spammers

May 15th, 2006
Web Ethics

Hurting Comment SpammersEvery Adsense Ad has a ‘Ads by Gooooogle’ link on it and if you click that link and look for the ‘Send Google your thoughts on the ads you just saw’ link on the page it takes you to you’ll be able to tell AdSense what you think about the ads Though this might not be the mighty deterrant we are looking for, if every blogger made it a point to report one spammer every day, we could take away some of their revenue. How many times in the recent past have you clicked on a link from a comment thinking it was benign and was faced with a link farm of some kind. I wish in all those cases I would have done what Darren suggests. Anyone know of a Greasemonkey script that can automate the process of reporting?




  1. Oliver Zheng (4 comments.) says:

    There are way too many spam websites. There is probably at least one spam site for every (good) blog out there. If we were to report every spam site, we’d be doing nothing but that.

  2. James Skemp (5 comments.) says:

    Yet … the original post is still valid. We’re not hunting, we’re picking off the few that we run into. It’s a lot better than doing nothing.

    I do it on a regular basis, but what I’m looking for is a site where we can track these sites and date of reportings.

    1) Is my feedback doing anything?

    2) Let’s get a small group (repeat: small – 20, 25) of people to report the same site. Let’s direct the group-think towards a goal that will benefit everyone – techy or not.


  3. Spunky Jones (3 comments.) says:

    When I first started blogging, I was excited to get comments on my blog. However, as time went by, I was infected by comment spammers. It was too time consuming to deal with, and I wasn’t going to approve them. If you comment on my blog, you’ll have to convince me that you read the post. Furthermore, if you comment, you’ll need to add something that adds to the topic.

    Generic comments won’t cut the mustard on Spunky Jones. I had developed a plugin that would allow a no comment blog to open posts up for discussion. This way, you could occasionally see if your audience has changed.


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