Блог-Спамеры из .RU и .INFO забанены

[en] Recently I'm seeing a lot of hired commentators promoting loads of *.RU domains registered just a couple of weeks before comment time. It seems logical to automatically remove all comment author URLs which are in .ru TLD. See below for a WordPress plugin for that.

Заметка о наёмных комментаторах не подействовала: пачки сайтов продолжают бесстыдно продвигаться. И хоть мне не очень жалко Google Juice (т.е. частички Page Rank), считаю, всё же, дурацкие ссылки портят вид блога. Надо было придумать что-то действенное.
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Био-боты наступают на блоги

[en] Real people are gradually replacing spam-bots in the effort to overcome modern sophisticated spam-filtering techniques. By lowering signal-to-noise ratio paid commentators or bio-bots are threatening the whole blogosphere of exterminating one of its basic institutions - comments.

Всё чаще приходят в блог комментарии, создаваемые не инфицированными зомби-персоналками, а настоящими людьми, которые нашли “работу” за несколько центов спамить блоги вручную.
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Pastors are bloggers, basically

Blogging is a hot topic today. Long past the times when people boasted, “I’ve got a website”, now it’s “I’ve got a weblog“. Blogs are brisk and lively, unlike traditional websites they keep the audience tuned and entertained.

Now, Christian churches have long been like this. (Here comes the question of who’s original, but that’s another story.)
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Traffic dynamics after taking care of the site

Traffic growth for www.STEREO.org.ua looks promising now:

www.STEREO.org.ua traffic dynamics for Jul-Oct 2007

Especially so in the light of STEREO.org.ua having been largely neglected until late July 2007 since the last record was published in January. No wonder traffic plummeted then.
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Weekly Top Posts automated email digest for WordPress

Ever wanted to set up a weekly or monthly mailing list for your blog?

FeedBurner is good for a daily email dispatch which is attainable by just “burning” your feed and activating mail service for it.

But how about less frequent mailings?
And how about selecting only the best articles to include in those rare mails?

It’s easy. Better yet, it can be automated with standard components for your WordPress installation.

To set up a Weekly (or Monthly) Top Posts mailing list just follow these 5 simple steps:
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Password Protected Posts in WordPress export/import

A word of caution to those moving their blogs from one installation to another: if you’ve got some posts in your blog “secured” with a password for reading – they may be no longer secure after importing into a new WordPress.

Protected Posts DO NOT preserve their protection on WordPress export/import.

The password field becomes cleared on such entries somehow (not included in export – special XML, WordPress eXtended RSS or WXR – in the first place?).

Beware of Google indexing your protected posts while you tinker about re-closing them down.

Registering at Technorati…

Technorati Profile

Do you know what that link above is about?

That’s me claiming my blogSTEREO-blog at Technorati (they required that link to be published here for authentication purposes).
Had to resort to that because I simply got tired of seeing my LiveJournal “mirror” featured as a “real” blog at Technorati while www.STEREO.org.ua was totally unknown there. Moreover, pinging www.STEREO.org.ua anonymously didn’t fetch any results for quite some time already.
So I finally decided to register and “claim” the blog.

Right at the beginning of the claiming process (still “in progress”) www.STEREO.org.ua got a rank 2,443,995 – as displayed within the blog owner’s control panel (displayed as 2,515,283 to the rest of the world) – with the authority of “2” (almost8hours.livejournal.com, the “mirror”, was 7,966,799 with “no authority”).

Let’s see what happens next…

Looks like “claiming” doesn’t make your blog to become known to Technorati (see links above – the pages they refer to didn’t change). I did suspect this as I never ever claimed my blog’s LJ mirror though it is known to Technorati. Is Technorati all messed up?

Top Commentators little trick

As you might have noticed already, STEREO.org.ua now offers its most active commentators a no nofollow” link.

Now, a number of probloggers have been discovered suggesting these tips for efficient promotion (for commentators‘ own sites) with the “Show Top Commentators” feature found more and more often on all kinds of blogs these days:

  • Comment under different names on the same blog.
    This way you may get not one, but two (or more) links to your site. This is the biggie.
    (You can also promote different pages of your site, not only the front page.)
  • Use a descriptive string in place of your name.
    Personal names aren’t especially descriptive usually, better choices would be sitename or your product/service name.
  • and, of course, choose a blog with a higher Google PR – the links you earn will give you greater return on your time investments.

Happy commenting!