I didn’t think this would happen to us.
After all we were using best in class software. But it did.
Few days back we were hit by what seemed to be some unusually flattering comments on our blog. Take a look at this one below:
You’re so interesting! I don’t believe I have read a single thing like this before. So great to find someone with unique thoughts on this issue. Really.. thank you for starting this up. This site is something that is required on the web, someone with a bit of originality!
This on a post that talks about photographing dessert. Wow! What can I say?
Well turns out this was left by someone called Insurance. Clearly this comment was not genuine. Neither were thousands of them that were left just in matter of hours. Yes! All of them going leaps and bounds to flatter us. Yup. We got SPAM bombed.
Thousands of comments linking to all sorts of websites and youtube videos. These were everywhere, including posts that were old, like 3 years old.
As a result many of you reached out and shared that you were seeing our website spammed.
We apologize for this interruption and chaos.
So Here’s What We Have Done
- Effective immediately, we’ve installed one safeguard that should drastically reduce the spam. You could try that by telling us what you think about it by leaving a comment below.
- We are debating internally to move to an entirely new commenting system. Perhaps Disqus or Facebook Comments. This should help us eliminate spam to a large extent.
Where We Need Your Help
As we decide between the commenting system and change in handling comments, we would like to know your feedback. Have you used Disqus before on other blogs? How has your experience been? Do you use this on your own blog? Let us know in the comments below.
Have you had a spam bomb on your blog? How did you handle that?