Anyone else noticing an excessive amount of TrackBack Spam? It seems lots of gullible folks are buying into those Internet Get Rich Quick infomercials.

The SEEO folks have convinced them if they link to a lot of bloggers,and then get trackbacks, it will raise their Google Rank.

Not on my watch. That crap just pollutes the comment stream. After the jump, you will find a run of bogus splogs, scrapers and spammers. If you blacklist them, you will see a huge reduction in this crap.

(Note: If you use WordPress, you can simply grab all of this garbage and cut & paste it into your Comment Blacklist under discussion settings):

Here is all of the spammage that has shown up this month alone:

autoinsurance.easyautosource.info
38.107.232.5

comissionistavegas.com
80.172.224.203

yankee500.com
74.52.116.226

forexpublic.com
174.120.105.2

yearn2blog.com
174.120.42.66

prostatehealthcures.com
80.237.237.194

stopdietingbootcamp.com
74.52.155.194

theinternetmoney.com
66.147.244.187

douglaslrichardson.com
97.74.215.166

favstocks.com

articlesaboutonline.com
174.120.201.66

oakleyjulietsunglasses.com
74.52.151.66

immakemoneynow.com
69.147.234.50

stlsocialmediareport.COM
69.89.31.149

pets.myrvgear.com
64.13.232.20

thefishingposition.com
67.18.5.2

ipadtest.wordpress.com
72.233.96.150

twittertreasurechesttweet.com
12.97.188.16

thedelightfulmerchant.com
208.101.4.118

diversifiedoptionstrading.com
74.220.207.162

gerald-pilcher.com
207.182.149.119

crazysiteonline.com
69.89.31.208

airplanecribbedding.net
74.52.105.34

insightswithoutborders.com
66.147.240.156

friendsofbriankolb.com
208.109.138.202

angelsupply.com
174.132.114.66

abworkoutscoach-bernie.com
69.175.13.226

dietsrating.com
207.182.147.195

hunterlevelingx.com
174.120.201.34

dcamarketingonline.com
74.54.108.130

instanthealthinsurancequoteswisconsin.net
174.132.155.26

growinghair.net
69.89.31.230

ebay-for-beginners.cz.cc
64.191.55.181

djkstore.com
174.132.157.66

affiliatesecretfornewbie.com
202.75.62.144

affiliatehowtoguide.com
69.175.89.58

speedreadingtalk.com
174.121.36.226

discounthomewares.com
74.86.142.37

radialtyres.info
74.52.168.194

bridgeportctusa.com
174.132.159.162

suburbanponderosa.com
174.132.159.162

thesecret4riches.com
174.120.61.2

electricairsoftpistols.net
69.65.33.36

up-selltoday.com
174.120.128.194

adult-guitar-lessons.com
65.98.16.194

heliotavares.com
174.120.201.226

moviebizcoach.com
64.34.161.198

viaaffiliate.com
69.175.118.170

topaffiliateprogramonline.com
74.220.207.147

registryfixsoftware.net
174.120.17.194

livingstonvisitor.com
74.220.207.137

campingstoveburner.com
74.52.239.18

snorganize.com
74.53.26.194

onlineseobloggers.info
174.120.31.66

controllingdiabetesforlife.com
75.126.9.98

optionstradingauthority.com
64.5.33.164

girlskateboarddecks.net
74.52.154.130

best-datingguide.com
74.53.103.34

thepowerjuicerinfo.com
174.120.172.130

vanquishanxietypanic.com
174.120.19.66

rattanfurniture-indonesia.com/
216.45.60.90

sportsbettingsystemsinfo.com/
74.52.115.34

RealEstateOnlineGuide.org
74.53.110.194

cityoflondonuk.com
67.225.161.12

needabandaid.com
174.120.200.226

natural-tinnitus-relief.com
174.120.29.66

hostileworkplaces.com
208.53.168.14

cheapax.com/electronics
174.121.33.162

finances2u.com
174.120.234.98

ordercallofduty.com
74.220.207.159

howtowinmyexback.com
12.132.193.51

toursincapetown.com
74.200.212.90

reversemortgagemarketing.org
174.132.105.66

chinaday.co.cc
174.120.31.34

dietbrillance.com
74.52.60.50

beststocktradesblog.com
174.120.240.226

zamoractual.com
80.237.132.82

netprofitcenterinc.com
69.175.59.218

simplesixfiguresreviewonline.com
174.120.243.130

reviewsthatrock.com
174.120.105.98

seanwyseman.com
74.52.68.98

reservicesofca.com
174.120.105.194

freefromthedayjob.com
174.120.171.98

gamblr.info
208.113.232.161

games.silmarwen.com
174.120.9.98

funandcreativedates.com66.96.128.63

myhealthylegacy.com
66.147.242.152

theholidayspotter.com
74.53.69.210

itsalifestylefitness.com
66.147.242.182

personalinjuryclaimslawyer.org
66.147.240.182

rogerrecommends.com
69.89.31.239

bestlcd40.info0
174.120.11.34

over50athletes.com
68.169.43.37

viralstash.com/
74.220.219.68

rainmanmarketing.com
69.89.31.143

information-pool.com/
212.227.118.7

fudisafasjkl@yahoo.com
59.60.120.119

ipodnytt.com
66.118.171.120

average-credit-score.net
67.215.248.8

best-home-business-model.com
174.120.180.226

myspot4news.com
98.130.2.106

best-golftipsinfo.com
174.120.0.66

creditrepairdebtsolution.com
66.197.220.135

findhomeforsales.com
74.52.67.178

truecreditnow.com
38.96.198.58

kevinbauer.net
174.120.155.226

usmotorbikes.lioncitymarket.info
174.120.139.34

playstation3gameconsole.com
174.120.201.98

thebloghatter.info
174.120.6.66

easybadcreditmortgagerefinance.com
174.132.192.98

iclickibuy.com
74.220.207.191

alcoholicchristians.com
66.147.244.164

cheapoldcarsinusa.com
110.172.18.29

makemoneyonline.pk
124.109.48.193

iphoneindia.net
208.109.22.79

Category: Weblogs

Please use the comments to demonstrate your own ignorance, unfamiliarity with empirical data and lack of respect for scientific knowledge. Be sure to create straw men and argue against things I have neither said nor implied. If you could repeat previously discredited memes or steer the conversation into irrelevant, off topic discussions, it would be appreciated. Lastly, kindly forgo all civility in your discourse . . . you are, after all, anonymous.

17 Responses to “What Is With All The TrackBack Spam ?”

  1. mysterious eggs says:

    Revenge is sweet.

  2. Chief Tomahawk says:

    So THAT’S why Feedburner is now at 140k!!! (Just kidding BR!)

    Like the “pets.myrvgear.com” entry. Would that be lightweight doggie stairs to help an aging best friend into the SUV in the later years? Will Medicare cover it? How ’bout Obamacare???

    ~~~

    BR: Nah, FB has beren up there for a long time — this splog onslaught began 3 weeks aog . . .

  3. MorticiaA says:

    What on earth do Alcoholic Christians have to gain with spamming?

    I don’t have a blog, but there is one other fairly decent place for rational discussion on NON-financial matters I frequent; that site has been plagued recently with an increase in spamming.

    My guess it’s just hard times so people resort to even more questionable tactics.

  4. the SEO point is a good one–most of what they, SEO ‘gurus’, peddle is synthetic g*rbage..

    LSS: if your Customer-Base isn’t, also, part of your Sales Force, get Long /Neoprene/, b/c you’re fixin’ to circle the Drain..

    or, for the Derivatives-freaks, among us, http://finance.yahoo.com/q/hp?s=WTSLA

  5. sorry, this http://finance.yahoo.com/q/hp?s=WTSLA was a cognitive mis-fire..

    was angling toward http://www.bodyglove.com/dive/

    and, unfortunately for the /Deriv.s/-crack/, they’re, seemingly, not, Publically, Traded..

  6. mathman says:

    cool poster:

    http://mkweb.bcgsc.ca/deadlygenomes/?poster

    (moderate this, j. o.)

  7. BearishNews says:

    BR – You guys running Akismet? Great spam protection, with very few false positives. In my experience, anyway.

    http://akismet.com/

    ~~~

    BR: Yes, I am, it does a good job.

    The latest nonsense is based on people randomly linking to sites, looking for the trackback link.

  8. Even with Akismet, spam still gets through. I like a combination of WP plugins Ban, and Ironclad CATCHPA. My spam has decreased by 95%

  9. I’d say in the last few weeks trackback spam at our site has spiked like the VIX in 2008.

  10. Oh yeah, in WP I turned off “allow trackbacks and pingbacks” in the Discussion section. You can see who is linking in Google Analytics etc.

    It was only a matter of time before the spammers conquered trackbacks …

    ~~~

    BR: Yeah, but I don’t want to dissuade legitimate trackbacks . . .

    Word Press has a black list, but I am now getting 200 trackback spams overnight from these weasels — I dont want to dismiss them completely w/o review, beause occassionally a legit comment gets caught in it.

    I want anything on my black list to never be seen — I dont know if that is possible with WP

  11. alfred e says:

    @BR: IMHO you do an exceptional job of keeping the threads clear for all of us ….

  12. Barry,

    I understand your dilema of wanting to filter out spams, yet let through the legitimate trackbacks. You listed my blog as a spam, but I would just like to point out that actually I was quoting and referencing your work at my blog. Here are some of the things that I wrote:

    “Barry Ritholtz is considered the godfather of financial blogging and yet this is the first time I’ve heard of him. Too bad because he has some really interesting stuff to say. Here are two very thoughtful articles posted very recently on his blog. Worth reading and pondering.” (http://marketsbodylanguage.wordpress.com/2010/03/09/notes-from-trading-journal-mar-9-2010/)

    And…

    “From the Big Picture blog by Barry Ritholtz, I found this very interesting asset allocation survey showing that the mass is moving back into stocks, just as the market is reaching a perilous high.” (http://marketsbodylanguage.wordpress.com/2010/03/12/market-review-week-ending-mar-12-2010/)

    I am not out to promote my blog. It is really meant as a discussion site among a few friends. But since I referenced your work, I thought that it would be good etiquette to send you trackbacks. So perhaps you will reconsider my trackbacks as legitimate.

  13. I deleted your blog from the blacklist, and removed it from the body of the post.

    That is the problem with the exploits of spammers — otherwise innocents posts get caught in the web

  14. Barry,

    Thank you and I’m sure I will reference your blog again in the future as you have a lot of insightful information.

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