SpamHuntress

Nice blog outlining one woman’s crusade against all types of spam. It’s actually a nice resource for anyone wishing to track referrer spam, bots and more:

SpamHuntress

I’m thinking she has a fairly hefty referrer block list.

My referrer blocking attempts are semi-successful so far. I found I had to block by IP number rather than by domain name for a few. Not sure why, but that seems to have done the trick for the more stubborn ones.

How to Snatch an Expiring Domain

Excellent article on the process involved (and high blood pressure :lol:) in snapping up an expired domain:

How to Snatch an Expiring Domain

I recently found myself in the position of wanting to register a domain which was owned by someone else. The domain was set to expire in a week, and I figured there was a decent chance that the person who owned it wouldn’t be renewing it. Upon consulting the WhoIs registry on the current owner, I discovered the guy was a bit of a domain shark and didn’t seem to be around anymore.

So I placed a backorder through GoDaddy for $18.95 thinking that was all I needed to do. During the week that followed, I learned a lot about the domain expiration process. Two and a half months and $369 later, I am the proud owner of a shiny new domain. A really really good one.

This article will explain the domain expiration process and what you need to do in order to use it to your advantage.

So that explains my one sad, pathetic experience at trying to grab an expired domain. I tried to get it myself!!! 😉

This really is a nice read and a great reference. Nice job on the article Mike!

Now I’m embarrassed to say that I didn’t take note of who pointed me to this article (was it a forum post, another blog, ??), but when I find it – I’ll edit in the source.

Referrer Spam

Well I seem to have drawn the attention of a few ‘unsavory’ characters as I have some nice referrer stats showing in awstats. Think ‘P-P-C’ and I don’t mean Pay Per Click! 😆

Here’s what I implemented today and I’ll keep you updated if I experience any problems:

From Tom Raftery’s blog: Using .htaccess To Minimize Comment And Referrer Spam

Awstats gives me a list of the referer sites – this list contains those sites which are trying to spam my referrer logs. I monitor those sites and as new ones appear I add them to my .htaccess list in the form:
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} \.domain\.tld [NC]
where .domain is the domain trying to spam my site (psxtreme, freakycheats, terashells, and so on) and the .tld is the top level domain the site is registered to (.com, .net, .org, .info, etc.).

Tom also provides a copy of the .htaccess file he uses on his blog, so I just copied it and added the rest I’m being hit with, then pasted it into my .htaccess file and uploaded. Voila! All done. It’s quite the list he has, thanks very much Tom!

Then I found two plugins at mtdewvirus.com to moderate trackbacks and pingbacks. This is easy to pop into your plugin folder and activate in WordPress:

Trackback And Pingback Moderation

These two plugins basically do the same thing, but I wanted to keep them seperate. When you turn one on, it will automatically place either all NEW trackbacks or all NEW pingbacks (depending on the plugin) into the comment moderation queue. It’s meant as a simple way to keep the spammers from getting these onto your site without you first approving them.

I then stumbled upon a strong solution for comment spam here at elliottback.com:

Spam Stopgap Extreme

Taking Matt’s stopgap spam solution, which sends precomputed hashes to be echoed back by the user-agent’s form, I’ve added dynamic generation of the md5 hash. Rather than write it to a hidden field, we wait until the form is submitted to compute the hash. This prevents spammers from automatically scraping the form, because anyone wanting to submit a comment *must* execute the javascript md5.

After implementing all of these stop spam methods (for trackbacks, pingbacks, referrer spam and comment spam – WHEW what a mouthful), I hope that we’ll all still be able to access this blog and continue to submit comments and posts.

Let’s see how this goes.

🙂

More Bookmarks

Had a few minutes so I sorted through my stash of recent bookmarks again, gotta keep organized :). Here are a few that may be of interest to you:

Free Template Designs

Gmail Goodies – Plugins and tools to make Gmail easier to use.

Free RSS Report

NeoWin Forum – A massive database of experience on hard & software issues, gaming and recreational activities, and more.

Blogger Forum

Niche Bot – Free keyword identification tool.

gDrive 0.6 – A set of PHP files to store files of any size in your gMail account. Other gmail drives are limited by gMail’s max 10Mb/attachment.

WordPress Plugins

Free Templates – Zymic

Online Cron Scheduling

Alertra – Test a host’s speed by entering their domain in the top right corner.

Domain White Pages

Whois – Very advanced Whois system (and free)! Check out the info here, top knotch stuff.

I’ve updated the SuperAff bookmark page too:

SuperAff Bookmarks

Enjoy!

Pass This ToolBar Around

Break open the bubbly, a new autolink toolbar has been launched that’s actually worth using!

Dougal Toolbar

AutoThink

Let the toolbar think so you don’t have to!
AutoThink turns information on web pages into useful* links

Dougal believes empowering users to visit our carefully selected partner sites provides a more pleasurable surfing experience.

After the initial resistance has faded away Dougal will expand the AutoThink feature in to other popular areas.

To further improve usability Dougal anticipate our users will want the AutoThink feature always on.

If you are interested in partnering with Dougal, and have the required budget, then contact the Dougal sales team at ShowMeTheMoney@dougaltoolbar.com

Try this on Google’s Blog

I laughed and laughed and laughed! 😉

Thanks for the wonderfully creative poke guys, very awesome.

Found this announced at Threadwatch.