April 11, 2004

My Blog is now clean

I just finished cleaning up the comments in my web log. A couple of spammers have recently hit my blog. They have bots that automatically post comments into my blog. These comments contain web addresses.

Their goal is to take advantage of Google’s search technology. Google rates web sites with many links much higher in its search engine. By posting their web address to the comments in my blog and many others, these people hope they will get a better response from the Google search engine.

I downloaded a Plug-in for my blog called Blacklist. It supposedly blocks many of these attacks. But more importantly, it allows me to easily clean up after being spammed. I’m no web programmer so installing the Plug-in gave me trepidation.

At first it didn’t work. But the fellow that created Blacklist said in the Readme that perhaps I needed to set my permissions properly. I couldn’t figure out how to do that so I contacted my web host.

I use cphosting for my web hosting. They charge me $48 a year to host my web site. That gives me 50 MB of space. Currently I'm using about 35MB. I have always been very pleased with their tech support. I relayed my situation to them and they changed the permissions for me and showed me how to do it myself.

Then my Blacklist Plug-in worked fine. So now, my blog is free of some very nasty comments.

My blog is in Movable Type 2.64. Version 3.0 is in beta testing right now, and it appears they have done much to resolve the spamming problem. I’m looking forward to upgrading my blog to MT 3.0, when it is released for production.

Posted by Ted at April 11, 2004 1:32 PM