The other day I posted about the amount of spam the MMISoftware blog was getting (see Spam, spam, spam) and how we had finally got around to upgrading WordPress (the software that ‘powers’ the blog) to the new version and activated the anti-spam plugin.
Well, the spam filter on WordPress is working great. The plugin, Akismet, has so far caught some 700 spam messages in the past 10 days or so. Now, the MMISoftware blog doesn’t get a huge amount of traffic, so it makes me wonder how much ‘spam’ the big blog sites get? How much of the traffic on the internet is spam? When I look at the size of some the blog spam messages that come in, and take in to account the amount of spam email we receive, I would think that a significant amount of traffic on the internet is due to spam…. According to the Akismet site their plugin has caught over 600 million spam messages to-date and is catching around 2.5 million per day. What is interesting is they also have a figure that states that 94% of all blog messages/comments are spam – depressing.
Update: We are finding this whole spam thing so interesting that we have now added a ‘spam counter’ to the main page – 1064, and counting – 27 Jan 2007 23:45:05