Like many others, I too have found my website traffic spiking due to the mysterious Semalt. 100+ hits a day from foreign countries I know I don’t have that many fans in (or do I, El Salvador?) Who are these masked men? Are they scammers? Legitimate businesspeople? An underground network of super villains seeking to infiltrate the WordPress halls of justice? jmmcdowell sheds some light on the situation:
I believe in “better safe than sorry.” So I did not allow a comment on this post today. Why? Because the email address for the sender was at “gmai” [dot] com and not the correct “gmail” [dot] com format. I wasn’t going to take any chances with a spammer or phisher getting through. So if you don’t see a comment of yours coming through after moderation, and you’re a legitimate blogger or person, you might want to consider how your on-line persona looks to your potential audience. I’m not the only blogger who nixes sketchy comments or contact info.
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