What’s up with these weird pingback spams?

A new kind (new to me) of spam has started happening on my blog. Here’s how it works.

Some fake blog links to your blog by posting about your post. As far as I can tell, it just takes an excerpt and prefaces it with something like “This is good…” You then get a pingback listed under your comments section which links to their blog. Then somewhere on the fake blog are links to porn sites (like in the footer or sidebar), a sidebar full of Google-generated ad stuff, or whatever.

At first I thought, maybe its benevolent spam since it benefits me to have other blogs link to me. But now I am thinking it is rather lopsided since I bet I get a lot more hits than the fake blog does.

Guess I will find a way to block these from happening… or be more vigilant about deleting them.

After some searching, I found more info about it!  Apparently, I mean “trackback.”

One thought on “What’s up with these weird pingback spams?”

  1. Hey Mark! I have had lots of comment/ping-back spam problems myself. I installed a captcha plugin for WordPress that seems to have solved the problem. You might give it a try and see if it helps.

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