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If You Comment, Don’t Use the Word Insurance!

For the last three months, I have been battling comment spam.  Comment spam is incredibly irritating.  In most cases, it takes the form of a stupid meaningless comment like “Great site!” followed by a list of links to sites all over the Internet.  The spammer is hoping that his comment will get through the blog’s moderation process and get posted.  Once it is, the links get read by search engine bots and causes the linked sites to have higher ranks at Google and other search sites.  Comment spam is automated.  Once a spammer finds your blog they will continue to send comment spam to you forever.  Whoever, thought of it is pretty ingenious but I would really like to kick him you know where.

WordPress allows me to flag words or IP addresses as sources of spam.  This works great for the majority of comment spam.  Most often it is pornography or gambling related.  Putting a few key words in my list took care of those.  However, the one that is driving me crazy now is insurance.  Last week I had 47 comments come in trying to link to insurance related sites.  The prior week there were perhaps 35.  I just don’t have time update my exclusion list for all of them.

Obviously, I can turn commenting off entirely but I do enjoy reading your comments and posting them.  One of the purposes of this blog is to be a place where people can exchange ideas and comment on legal technology.  However, from now on, if you comment on this post or any other, don’t use the word “insurance.”  WordPress will see it as spam and not allow it through.  Thanks a lot comment spammers! 

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