Yet again the spam and bots on this blog is reaching ridiculous figures. The spam isn’t as issue as such. Akismet blocks about 99.5% of it so it never sees the light of day. But the bandwidth on this domain is rocketing and considering there are client sites in the same account I need to try and slow this down a little.
My figures really don’t read right that’s for sure. According to Feedburner I have around 50 people in total who have subscribed to my RSS feeds (the front end containing all posts, this blog contains just the posts from this blog). With virtually all the feeds pointing to feedburner too, my stats shouldn’t be so skewed with hits on the feed files. According to MyBlogLog I had 54 visitors for yesterday, and just over 40 on each weekend day. Yet my stats say I had an average of 280 visitors a day for February! I appreciate I only just fixed my feed file redirects, however for this month I’m still on over 230 visitors a day on average.
So clearly the spam is building up again. Looking through Akismet I can see there are a few certain posts that seem to be drawing the bulk of the spam so I’ve closed comments off to all posts that are from February and back. It’s annoying to have to do this but it’s at least one deterrent (hopefully). A couple of IPs have also been blocked that keep cropping up. I realise spammers can and will easily change their IPs but it may deter them for a short period (or at least annoy them!).
Frustratingly I can see the spammers in my stats using Trace Watch. I can see an obvious path that several people in different countries are following, from one post to the next, none of which are directly connected. Clearly all using the same software but annoying the only way of blocking them would be the user agent which is coming up as “Agent String: User-Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1)” which would block quite a few other users too! So I can’t use this to block them which is annoying (hey everyone switch to Firefox and I’ll just block IE 😉 – Just kidding!!).
It’s just all annoying as the bandwidth usage on this site doesn’t reflect the true visitors and is instead around 3 times as much as it should be. Unfortunately whilst Akismet does a great job of collecting the spam, it doesn’t prevent the bots from hitting the site in the first place. Any suggestions on how to kill off the spam bots further are greatfully received (besides making everyone log in to comment).