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Okay, well I really don’t want you to send me your spam- but I do what some information from it! I’m putting together a list of the top 100 blog spammers of all time. Here’s how it works:

Every time you receive a spam post on your blog, report the IP address and/or the domain name they want you to visit to me either by replying to this post or via the contact me page. After enough submissions I will figure out who is sending the most spam to us blog owners. I will perform a WHOIS lookup for each domain name and IP address to find out who owns the domain and where their site is hosted. Then, I will post the finalized list- “The Top 100 Spammers of the Blogosphere”.

Once that list is published, we can all use it to send emails to the abuse department of the hosting companies these sites are using. We can also send the spammer some email of our own, when I can locate their email address, telling them what we think of what they’re doing (in so many words). It will also be a great list of IP addresses for us all to add to our .htaccess file to ban them from our blogs altogether.

I have been cracking down on some of the spammers visiting SiteFever over the past few weeks. I must say that this has brought some measure of success. I can track three websites that I know of for sure that have been taken offline because I have reported the matter to their hosting company. On one occasion, I was receiving spam emails from a college student using his university assigned .edu subdomain (what an idiot) to post a bunch of garbage about the prescription drug Cialis. Well, needless to say, after a long talk with the universities technical support department, this guy landed himself in a big mess.

I really think that this list will be beneficial not only to us blog owners but also by putting all the information about these frequent spammers out in the open to expose who they are and what they’re doing. This should help take a few more of them offline and off our blogs.

So the next time you catch spam posts on your blog, be sure to get the IP address and advertised domain name and send it to me! Be on the lookout over the next week or so for the release of “The Top 100 Spammers of the Blogosphere”.

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Article posted by: Neon on September 19th, 2007

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24 Comments to “Send Me Your SPAM!” »

Comment by valentin
Sep 19 2007 at 3:53 am

Hmmm .. sure you don`t want to join I.L.G.P. ?

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Comment by valentin
Sep 20 2007 at 3:13 pm

BTW, what is the meaning of “subscribed” word next to some of commenters ?

Comment by J. Robinson
Sep 20 2007 at 3:16 pm

It means that you left the box checked to receive email notifications of new replies.

Comment by valentin
Sep 21 2007 at 11:30 am

Neah, it means is checked by default, that box, which is not how sould be.
Subscription to new-comment-notification shou;d be an option, not mandatory ..

I“ll unsubscribe from email link. And i`ll think twice if i`ll feel I want to make comments …

Comment by Pranjal
Sep 19 2007 at 4:18 am

My site sometimes slows down due to spam on hold by Akismet. I get really annoyed with the enlargement and pills. yak

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Comment by TextAdSearch
Sep 19 2007 at 5:28 am

I get exactly the same spam comments but Akismet gets most of them. It’s nice when I get an actual real comment though:)

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Comment by J. Robinson
Sep 19 2007 at 9:37 am

Yes but even the ones that Akismet catches you can still forward to me. We can put them out of commission!

Comment by Web Design
Sep 19 2007 at 7:25 am

spam is already a problem and where is the time to take note of every spam and report it to you.
anyways thanks for your idea.

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Comment by Pranjal
Sep 19 2007 at 9:41 am

spam has been a problem since the Internet started doing its first rounds. Looks like people started ignore spam as a daily crap. Ignoring it is the best method. You can’t stop spam nor the spammers.

Comment by HMTKSteve
Sep 19 2007 at 11:16 am

If you are asking people to send you their spam that tells me you have not “made it” yet. Once you have been around for a while your akismet will be marking 1K spam comments a day (or more) like me. That is after renaming the comments file and other anti-spam measures!

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Comment by J. Robinson
Sep 19 2007 at 5:19 pm

So, you’re judging whether somebody has “made it” as a blogger by the amount of spam they receive on a daily basis? Let me tell you a little something about “making it”…

In two months online and after only spending $30 on advertising, I have been able to bring in triple the amount of traffic that your site receives (according to Alexa), even though your blog has been online since July 2006- that’s one year longer than mine. Oh- I almost forgot… my Technorati rank is only 20 or so points behind yours as well, which of course is a good way to tell how well somebody is “making it” in the blogosphere. It’s too bad that with a one year head start over myself, your blog has about the same popularity on other blogs as mine.

My reason for doing this project is to help others out. I have taken some steps on my blog that has cut the spam I receive on a daily basis to just 3% of what it used to be. I thought that I would help some other people out and post some tips on what I have done to accomplish this so that I could be a help to others. Instead, all I get is crap from people like you.

How about this- why not take yourself and go “make it” big somewhere else!

Comment by HMTKSteve
Sep 20 2007 at 12:35 pm

That is some serious hostility you have there! The site you are talking about is not my “big” site by a large margin.

As for Alexa, yes you do bring in more traffic among people who use the Alexa toolbar, big deal! Have you checked your numbers on Compete? They do not need a toolbar to track hits.

The market you are tapping has a very high rate of adoption of the Alexa toolbar and the Firefox plugin that records Alexa data. I would expect such numbers from a site such as yours.

As for the traffic that particular site of mine gets, according to Google Analytics, is over the 570 uniques you get every day.

I do not come to your site to get in a pissing contest with you though I do post comments when you post something inacurate (using awstats to say you have 8K page views a day on your blog).

No one really cares how much spam you or I get. I have some days where I get under 100 and others where I get more than 1K. Ever heard of ip-spoofing? Have you considered that some of the people you think are spamming you are not? Don’t just look at the ip of the traffic check the domain the spam is pointing to.

Do you know what a Tor server is? Do you know why it matters?

Comment by HMTKSteve
Sep 20 2007 at 12:43 pm

As for Technorati, that ranking is on a 90 day rolling cycle. I have been much higher and I have been much lower (top 2K). You have to keep people linking to you to keep your number low. You can do this by holding more contests (win X for a linkback!) or by having excellent content. We’ll see which way you choose to go.

Comment by HMTKSteve
Sep 20 2007 at 1:13 pm

Your Technorati rank = 22,799
My Technorati rank = 12,677

Were you using the AWStats version of Technorati???

Looking at the content linking to you I see a lot of dupes and general junk content. I just put so much faith in a link from a blog titled “your blog title” at a dot info domain. In fact most of the links on technorati are “look, he’s giving away a big hard drive!!!” If the only way you can get incoming links is by holding contests than I do not consider you a success.

I checked the compete data for sitefever and you have about a 3 minute engagement number. My crappy site has a 7 minute engagement. My “good” site has a 19 minute engagement and does not rely on contests to bring in readers.

Maybe I’ll create a “make money online” blog myself and watch the same thing happen as you have seen here. I’ll rewrite the same articles everyone is writing:

Use Alexa!
Use this wordPress plugin!
Enter my contest by linking!
I’ll review you for a link back!

I could but I refuse to sink to that level. I was a reader here… WAS.

Comment by Pranjal
Sep 20 2007 at 3:19 pm

Nice one there….John. Everybody has his rights to work his way to the ranks. If you like the fast way then do it that way, if you wanna go slow and steady thats your way.

Comment by Sucker
Sep 19 2007 at 12:05 pm

Here’s a small selection from my latest spammers:

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Sep 20 2007 at 2:21 pm

I thought I saw my IP there for a minute then! 😀

Comment by YC
Sep 19 2007 at 9:20 pm

This is a good initiative, John but I wonder if it would load you too much if there’s too much participation? Anyway I’ll keep a lookout and see if there are any worth reporting – most times I just go straight to clearing it. Thanks & Cheers!

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Comment by Tay
Sep 20 2007 at 1:28 am

This is pure genius! I’m sure it would be way too much work on both our parts if I emailed you the IP’s of every single spammer I receive, but I’ll definitely try and remember to send you the ones who spam me repeatedly. I can’t wait to see how this turns out, and I definitely will be blocking the top 100 from my site when I see the results!

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Sep 26 2007 at 8:21 pm

[…] So the next time you catch spam posts on your blog, be sure to get the IP address and advertised domain name and send it to me! Be on the lookout over the next week or so for the release of “The Top 100 Spammers of the Blogosphere”. Add your comment! […]

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Sep 28 2007 at 8:54 am

[…] So the next time you catch spam posts on your blog, be sure to get the IP address and advertised domain name and send it to me! Be on the lookout over the next week or so for the release of “The Top 100 Spammers of the Blogosphere”. Add your comment! […]

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Comment by Garret
Apr 13 2009 at 11:48 am

great idea, love the cartoon lol

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