Robert Miller

Robert Miller

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Sucuri blog posts about spam, has spam

Sometimes when you hit the bottom of the google search barrel you run into some pretty interesting stuff, like an entire swath of hacked government sites.

Sometimes when you hit the bottom of the google search barrel you run into some pretty interesting stuff, like an entire swath of hacked government sites.
Sucuri blog posts about spam, has spam
Sometimes you find yourself at the bottom end of some search results. Maybe there weren't enough results to begin with. This is when the suggestions from Google and other search engines can get a little ... weird.

I heard you like spam

I have ran into this issue before, where the bottom results of search engine results are pretty bad and often phishy, but I noticed that quite often, they actually seem to be .gov.ar domains, a government TLD. So I decided to do another little search into why that was and ran into an article on the Sucuri Blog, ahh closure. In a world of unanswered questions, this is a beautiful thing.

The funny thing I noticed is that, it too was suffering from spam in the comments section of the very same blog post warning others about spam.

I heard you like spam, so I put some spam in your blog post about spam


A little concerning

When I see this type of thing from any company that is trying to sell a product, and a product specifically related to security, it definitely can be concerning. When a blog is titled "Website Security News" where you can be phished directly from the comments inside that blog, it for sure can raise questions. Here is one of the spam comments from the ever so trustworthy "honestloan".

spam details


What can I do for my blog?

If you are using WordPress, the no brainer is utilizing the Akismet plugin. However you can also do some other things, in my honest opinion. On some of your blog posts, do you really desire comments?

I'd take a second look at your desire to have or want them on your blog. What type of blog posts do you write? Do you write topical posts that start becoming irrelevant rather quickly? Maybe the ability to add comments to those types of blog posts should expire over a short period of time. If your blog post is about the "New Apple Device", maybe a comment 2 years later from someone isn't relevant or helpful.

It all really depends on your engagement hopes, but as a website gets more popular, comment systems tend to get disabled by developers, or filled with ... terrible things (I am looking at you, news websites).