Lately I was getting a massive amount of hits on my site from all sorts of unknown http bots. Since I was also getting a huge amount of spam comments I figured these two where linked together, and my blog was being hit by spam bots like a cheap blond in a gang bang.
These damn bots are stealing bandwidth, posting crap and basically slowing down the site. Well I’m not sure about that slowing down, but hell, I bet they are! I hate that kind of crap. Dammit, I just hate spam and spammers all together! So I thought “Wouldn’t it be sweet to use a plugin to analyse the incoming traffic and simply deny access to those bloody automated shit posting scripts?”. A few ideas popped up in my brain on how this could be done, but since there are already a bunch of plugins out there that deal with spam in various ways, I thought I’d check some more out before I got coding myself.
Turns out there’s no point in doing things yourself if there’s good guys out there writing kick ass WP plugins like Bad Behavior. Yay for that!
This baby does exactly what I was looking for: protecting your blog from those evil spam posting http request bots, and shut them up before they have a chance to say XMLHTTP.
And it does it well. Running for about a week now I’m already seeing a serious decreased amount of spam being ditched by Akismet, which means that a lot of shit is already stopped before it even has to be filtered out.
In a week or so I’ll be able to tell if my HTTP logs reflect that theory, as I should see a decline in bots hitting the site as well. That is if those bots have some way of checking for protective plugins blocking them from posting their pr0n link spam… and I hope they do.