SPAM sucks doesn’t it? Trust me… I know. I created this video as an open message for the entire blogging community, but also specifically to help educate my own readers about some of the issues we’re facing on One Man’s Blog currently.
As the popularity of this blog has increased, so have the number of attacks from automated systems wishing to spam the comments on every single post. This can create a serious nightmare for a blogger like myself because, after all, there is only one of me.
In addition to the managerial issue of attempting to delete all of the comment spam that slips through the filters, there is also a technical issue. When you have hundreds of robots crawling every page of your site it creates additional load on the server, which in turn slows down the page responsiveness for real readers. In fact, since my server is already under heavy load I’ve been able to see in the server logs that robots have been the cause of more than one server crash.
This technical issue translates into real monetary loss for the webmasters, because in order to meet a reasonable page download expectation the hardware has to be upgraded to support the additional load. And it becomes a vicious cycle. The more popular a site is, the more under attack it is, and the more it costs to serve web pages.
Here now is a short video demonstration of the problem I’ve been facing lately as seen from the administration side of One Man’s Blog.