How to get more to get more comment spam

August 25th, 2006

Mark at Weblogs tools collection makes this interesting observation about how the WordPress default first post is a spam magnet.

Spam Magnet I monitor search engine hits for my various blogs and over the past couple of weeks, the predominant magnet for search hits on new blogs and consequently comment spam (attempts, thanks to Akismet) has been the results from the search linked above. It is strange to watch an IP visit a blog on my server from that search result and instantly access wp-comments-post.php. If you recently started a WordPress blog or are planning to start a new one, I believe that you can reduce some of the deluge by removing the default post that says “This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!”.
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It reminds me of our own experiemnts with splog bait.