Posted by: The Source on Mar 15, 2010
A big problem we are experiencing on myDigitalLife.co.za, as well as our sister site iBlog.co.za is spam posters.Mentioning that they really irritate me would be an understatement, but one that everybody would understand and agree on. Here on myDigitalLife the majority of spam posting are relating to either PDF or Video Conversion software. On iBlog.co.za it can be anything from how to make money online down to getting a better bond rate for your house.
Looking closer at these spam posting I have to admit that they actually offer more insight than spam emails.
If you actually read through them then they aren't that bad. They provide contextual information on valid products. The reason we un-publish them is because of their frequency. These "members" post at least 5 per session. All about the same topic.
Last year over the December holiday we had a incident where one South African member started posting similar postings under different users. Further investigation brought to light that the owner of the domain that the postings were re-directing people to, hired a person that claimed that he could promote the sites online.
Clearly spamming websites was his method to do so.
Needless to say, we try and battle it as effectively as possible by including verification emails and security images in the registration process of all our sites. In fact everybody on the web does it. However, when a person really wants to spam a site nothing is going to stop him/her.
The only question in my mind is whether or not they actually have financial results for all the work they put into spamming other sites?
I guess we will never know.