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 18.104.22.168, 22.214.171.124.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 126.96.36.199 which belongs to ServerHub Cloud VPS in Chandler, Arizona.
Maybe I should try a plug-in.