I've never counted up the spam vs proper comment ratio for my site but it's easily going to be a couple of hundred spam comments for every genuine one, especially as I've never had huge numbers of comments here for whatever reason.
Posts about "comment spam"
Most of the time, the comment spam I get from my blog is pretty ordinary junk - sex sites, MP3s, etc. Then there's the "posting almost-geniune looking comments but with a hidden agenda to promote a commercial web URL" - which seem to have a strange focus on buying houses, double glazing and, for some reason, a lingerie blog.
This will hopefully be the last post on the whole comment spam thing - for now anyway. Today I actually (and accidentally) tracked down the reason why spam comments were going live on this site.
Ah, I thought. A false positive. A rather crap comment true, but one which presumably was in response to the whole comment spam issue.
Well you're a right bunch of miserable people. Not one email to keep me company whilst the comments were down! Tsk! What do you think you're playing at? Call yourself blog readers... Anyway, they're back up now following some intensive hunting to find the cause of spam comments somehow making it on the site, despite all comments being pre-moderated.
An observant person might notice that comments on this blog are currently turned off. There's a very good reason for this - today I logged into Movable Type and found that over the last few days, 44 spam comments had somehow gone live on the site.
I confess to being mildly concerned when I logged into Movable Type just now and found a great big whopping piece of comment spam had somehow managed to get itself onto an article yesterday.