Charging For Spam

Spam seems to be everywhere. I thought about all the spam I’ve received since I started blogging.  If I’ve charged for a dollar a spam, I’ll be a rich man by now. My current spam count is at 323,460.

My Akismet stats indicate that 99% of all my comments are of the spam variety. It’s a well-known fact that 95% of email is spam. Spam takes up a tremendous amount of hardware resources from CPU, memory and storage.

To fight back for resources lost, all bloggers should start charging spammers for every spam sent. Spam comments will be allowed to stand if a spammer has paid for them. All unpaid spam are deleted.

The question is, will there be enough spammers willing to pay for premium spam?

Spam Blocked By Akismet

I’m just wondering why my Akismet spam blocked count was reset several weeks ago. I had over 33,000 spam blocked back in January 30th, 2007. Prior to that I had over 22,000 spam blocked back in December 27th, 2006.

Now, my count is at a lowly 12,533. Does anyone have an explanation as to why these numbers shrunk? Where is the count being kept? The wp_options table? I have to take a closer look at this. I’m curious more than anything.

Akismet Saves

The worst thing that could happen to you if you own your own blog is having comment spam. When I first started blogging a couple of years ago, I was rudely introduced to comment spam. I had over 150 junk messages from poker, casinos, sex, porn, drugs and just about anything in this planet. Thanks to how Google rank websites. The more links you have, the higher the ranking. So, I spent a couple of hours deleting the spam comments.

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