Insight into Blog Spam
Everyone hates blog spam no matter if it's comment or trackback spam but I thought I would look into it and see if there is any common elements and yes I'm amazed how much it's still used. So I thought I'd gather some comment data from this blog but also SEOMeetups.com.au that is regularly spammed as people try to build links and drive referral traffic back to their affiliate links, social profiles, youtube clips, clients websites and their own sites.I managed to export and filter 10,119 spam comments and started playing around with the data in Excel to see what insights I could learn from blog spam left from the 31st July 2011 until the 12th January 2014.Following items of interest explored
- Did the spammer have an email
What email service did they use
- What was their email domain extension?
What was their author URL on comment
- Was there any targeted deep linking campaigns?
How many comments also contained links?
- What was the average spam comment length
What does their spam commentators IP profile look like
- What are the largest regions for spam?
Is there growth in comment spam?
- Top cities IPs for comment spam
Is there a best time for moderation?
- Top spam browsers