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Anti-Spam Honeypot Not Enough for SEO Spammer

  1. I have enabled the Anti-Spam Honeypot on all my forms but there is one form that is getting spammed consistently from one source (the email address changes but the message is always similar).

    I am using TypePad AntiSpam but I keep seeing that Akismet will be better at eliminating spam.

    I am looking for any options before I add ReCaptcha.

    http://rowzone.com/franchise-opportunities/request-package/

    Thanks!

    Posted 11 years ago on Monday December 6, 2010 | Permalink
  2. Yeah, the honeypot method isn't foolproof by any means. If the spam is coming from one IP or a set range of IP addresses, you can always deny access to your site from those IPs using the .htacess file

    http://www.htaccess-guide.com/deny-visitors-by-ip-address/

    Posted 11 years ago on Monday December 6, 2010 | Permalink
  3. Thanks Kevin!

    I'll try out the .htaccess option.

    Any advice on using TypePad AntiSpam vs. Akismet for limiting these types of form submissions?

    Posted 11 years ago on Monday December 6, 2010 | Permalink
  4. I don't have any experience with TypePad AntiSpam so can't really speak to that point. We do plan on adding Askimet support in a future version, but right now you would have to use the Akismet API and roll your own custom code to make it happen.

    Posted 11 years ago on Monday December 6, 2010 | Permalink
  5. It's been bad lately with the SEO spammers too. I don't think there is any way to stop them.

    Posted 11 years ago on Monday December 6, 2010 | Permalink
  6. What some people don't realize is not all spam is automated using bots. Spammers now also utilize people to manually fill out forms by farming out the work to India and other Southeast Asian countries where labor for such tasks is cheap. So while things like captcha and the anti-spam honeypot can combat automated bot based spam, they are useless at preventing human spam because an actual person is filling out the form. This type of spam is virtually impossible to stop.

    Posted 11 years ago on Tuesday December 7, 2010 | Permalink