Jim Westergren
About me, my projects, SEO, Web Development and Personal Development since 2005
"If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves." - Thomas A. Edison

Fighting the War Against Web Site Spam Bots

The last days I have been fighting in the war against the latest spam bot soldiers like a maniac.

I own and manage over 70 web sites. This includes different forums, directories, blogs, topsites, article submission sites and you name it.

Very recently there is a new wave of spam. The default captcha for vBulletin is now not working against spam bots, also not the submission rules for the PHP Link Directory.

After winning a few combats I can now finally rest, a little.

Here are some weapons I used to fight this spam war:

PHP Link Directory version 3 or above

Follow these instructions to stop getting spam: http://www.phplinkdirectory.com/forum/showpost.php?p=46424&postcount=13

Follow these instructions to delete if you got massive amount of spam: http://www.phplinkdirectory.com/forum/showpost.php?p=46308&postcount=1

vBulletin version 3.5 and up

Follow these instructions exactly: http://www.vbulletin.com/forum/showpost.php?p=1193538&postcount=28

vBulletin version 3.6 and up

Install this Enhanced Captcha Image Verification: http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=132482


Install the following plugins:

If you know how to do PHP programming I recommend you to completely disable and erase trackbacks (but not pingbacks). I did that but I am afraid I don't remember how I did.

Aardvark Topsites PHP

See this post: https://www.jimwestergren.com/stop-the-topsites-spam/

This article is going to be regularly updated with the latest weapons in this war, feel welcome to bookmark it.

9 Dec 2006

About the Author Jim Westergren Jim Westergren is a Swedish web entrepreneur currently living in Spain. He is happily married and has three lovely children. Some of his interests are web development, SEO and writing.
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