Trackback Spam - getting through

Topics: Business Logic Layer
Nov 27, 2007 at 6:49 AM
All has been good with 1.1 and 1.2 of BE.N for me, no spam, no issues
But today I suddenly got hit with 30-40 trackback spam in a matter of minutes.

I trashed most of it, but left a couple of samples at http://blog.offbeatmammal.com/post/2007/11/I-was-starting-to-look-elliptical.aspx#comment and http://blog.offbeatmammal.com/post/2007/11/Sesame-Street-on-DVD---but-not-for-children.aspx#comment

I'm guessing someone has got a way around the invisible CAPTCHA working :(

The blogs they're pinging back to are all real, but they look as if they've been abandoned but taken over in the recent past by a spammy re-poster

Ironically their sites to actually link back to mine... but I'm not sure if getting links from splogs is going to help or hurt my pagerank ;)
Coordinator
Nov 27, 2007 at 7:15 PM
I can see it is pingback and not trackback spam you are getting. Since version 1.2 the pingback spam protection has been tightened, but i'm not sure it will take care of this type of spam. There is absolutely nothing about the example you gave that looks suspicious, but of course it's spam. That's going to be a tough one to crack
Nov 27, 2007 at 10:51 PM
sorry, my mistake, yes pingback not trackback.

While I love the fact they're linking to me as it'll do good things for pagerank I worry a little about the consequence.

Because they've got the link there I can't think of a good way to detect that they're playing silly beggars (one of the sites even have a "disclaimer" explaining that are using robots to gather text from blogs specifically to reciprocally boost pagerank!

I guess short of querying services like http://projecthoneypot.org/ to find "bad" sites there's no easy answer....
Dec 7, 2007 at 1:01 PM
Report 'em.

If you click on the 'Ads by ...' text/image, a new window will open where you can (near the bottom) report feedback on the ads/site.

This policy seems to work well for the following response.


"No Google ad may be placed on pages published specifically for the purpose of showing ads, whether or not the page content is relevant."

Pulls content from RSS feeds for the express purpose of having content for adverts.