Google, Bing, and Spam

I submitted this site into the webmaster tools on Google and Bing just a few days ago.  Yesterday I received my first spam comment.  It’s really a testament to how fast spammers find new sites to post to.  It’s also a good indication of how fast Google and Bing add a site to their listings.  I checked both search engines and they both indeed have it listed.  I was going to submit it to Yahoo as well but I learned Bing is powering Yahoo’s search engine now so there was really no need.  I confirmed it by searching for my site on Yahoo and sure enough, it was there.

Because I, like pretty much everyone, don’t like spam, I moderate my comments.  That means even though the spam comment was submitted, it never made it to the site. I’m considering trying out a plug-in or two to help manage it.

One thing I learned from it though was WordPress keeps track of the ip address of the sender.  A nice site to look up the information on an ip address is http://network-tools.com/.  They make the process pretty easy and will give you the ISP through http://whois.arin.net and other websites.

For example, the ip information for this particular spammer was 142.91.93.40, 142.91.93.40.rdns.ubiquity.io.  A whois search returned Ubiquity Server Solutions Seattle in Tukwila, Washington.

Even as I typed this blog entry, another e-mail notification came in about a comment from another spammer.  This one was from 173.213.114.135 which belongs to ServerHub Cloud VPS in Chandler, Arizona.

Maybe I should try a plug-in.