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  • I know there are a lots of threads on spamming but my problem seems to be of another kind — or there’s somethnig else I am missing. Since I don’t use comments in my blog, I simply deleted all the wp-files relating to comments. So, there should not be any NEW links there. However, trafic keeps growing! How is that possible, and what the f… can I do now to get rid of them? Are there other files by means of which these spammers enter my site?

    A little help from my fiends….

    JP

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  • Traffic is good! you getting reads! What do you mean traffic is growing?

    James Huff
    Support Team Rep.

    @macmanx

    Yes, traffic to what? In order to completely disable comments, you just have to delete wp-comments-post.php. They may be spamming your blog through trackbacks. To completely disable that, delete wp-trackbacks.php.

    I meant trafic coming from spamming.
    As to the trackbacks.php, I will delete it, though I never used trackbacks. But I guess it doesn’t matter whether you use it or not… I’ll try it and post later. THX.
    JP

    James Huff
    Support Team Rep.

    @macmanx

    Oh, I just thought of one reason, but it’s old news. If you’re getting spammed immediately after posting an article, you may have been caught by an old exploit which allowed spammers to post comments to non-existing posts. Once a certain post was created, the spam that was linked to it in the database came with it. Upgrading to WP v1.2.2 will stop the spammers from posting “phantom spam”. Here are the instructions for removing any existing “phantom spam”:
    http://www.tamba2.org.uk/wordpress/spam/#imm

    All files sensitive to comment spamming (i.e. wp-comments-post.php and wp-trackbacks) are destroyed since a few days. Nothing left in my database either. People still drop by to buy viagra. How long before the links out there become obsolete – will they ever?
    JP

    James Huff
    Support Team Rep.

    @macmanx

    Are you saying that the spam comments posted on your blog still exist? Just delete them through your admin interface.

    I think he means that the spamming bots are still hitting his site even though the page they’re looking for is gone, thust wasting his bandwidth.

    …that, and/or they’re referrer-spamming him. It has been happening to my GF too, her blog suddenly took up > 1Gb/month, instead of the 200~300 MB it usually does, and *LOTS* of referrers to all kinds of pr0n. Blocking a few IP ranges in Apache’s httpd.conf (yes, globally) halted that.

    But that’s not WordPress-related.

    bsharitt: you’re right. And while I’m not sure about what dille means (referrer-spamming), I think he might be right too. I tried to block some IPs but they keep changing all the time. I still don’t understand how it works…

    James Huff
    Support Team Rep.

    @macmanx

    If you’ve either disabled the pages or simply don’t want comments what-so-ever, then delete the wp-comments-post.php file.

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