|Big PIA but I will not tolerate spam.|
For months now I have been getting almost daily email notifications of comments made in my blog from "Anonymous" that sounded like a real comment but always ends with a link to another site. Spam.
So I would dutifully check my blog, and the comment was always blocked by Blogger's spam filters. Well yesterday and today I received the same type of comments with links to porn sites and they were published in my blog.
I have long resisted using the word verification especially since Blogger went to the Captchas because it is a royal pain in the ass. Its not uncommon for me to have to make several attempts at them before I succeed. However now that the spam is actually making it into my blog with links to porn, I am forced to use the word verification to block it. If that does not work, I will invoke comment approval. I apologize to my readers, yes the Captchas are a pain in the ass...but I refuse to become a free Craig's List for spammers.
UPDATE 1-30-13 I read some bitter complaints in other blogs about the captchas. So I turned them off on my blog. Hourly spam. Every time I logged on to the computer I had 2 to 4 comments from Anonymous with a link. The other thing I noticed that may or may not be related was that my hit count went down. Does Google lower your priority if they detect you are being spammed? Probably unrelated.
I do have several valid readers who comment under Anonymous so I do not want to block them, sorry gang I turned the captchas back on.