Over the past three months I’ve seen a 200% increase in comment spam to this blog. The numbers are staggering when you start to think about all the wasted resources.
There were some 47,722 spam comments or trackbacks on this blog in December 2012 detected and blocked by Akismet. There were only 44,640 minutes in the month of December so that means that there was more than 1 spam comment or trackback every minute for the month of December 2012. Think of all the wasted bandwidth, disk space, processing time, etc and it quickly starts to add up when look at the scale of it. I can still remember receiving my first comment and thinking wasn’t that nice of them “Great Blog!” only to realize after a few minutes that comment was intended to just showcase the URL link in the comment.
I’ve posted before about the problem of spam comments in December 2010. Unfortunately since I’m no longer using Apache the .htaccess files that I had setup then no longer work not saying that was a good solution but it was something at least. I’m curious what everyone else is doing? Is anyone blacklisting certain countries? I know from experience that won’t solve the problem, although it might help slow it a little.