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Trackback Hell!

Posted by geeknews at 10:52 AM on September 15, 2005

I have had trackbacks turned off for over 2 months and last night as a social experiment I put the CGI file back up on the server. After 6 hours of being back online here are the preliminary results.

First Spam Trackback Ping: 9 seconds after upload
Maximum Number of pings per 60 Seconds: 328
Sustained Average Spam ping Rate per Hour: 12,660
Total Ping Rate per 24 hours: 303,840
Total Ping Rate per 30 days: 9,115,200

This is after I have had the mt-tb.cgi file removed from the server for over 60 days! Their is no doubt in my mind that Trackbacks are dead and will never be able to used effectively. Not to mention the sustained load and traffic that is hitting my server.

The weblog developer community has failed us miserably in the fight against this.


  1. From Mike Wills at 12:34 pm on September 15, 2005

    Try MT 3.2. The new junk filters are working great. Neil Turner even has some great tips on making the filter work even better.

  2. From applenews at 5:59 pm on September 15, 2005

    Holy crud thats ridiculous. I yanked Trackbacks off of my site as well. I never had anything that bad though.

  3. From Jeremy Emberling at 2:05 am on September 16, 2005

    What would help against trackback spam is if you didn’t ping, but then again, it would hurt you with searc results from sites such as Google Blog search

  4. From Surfbits at 2:57 pm on September 16, 2005

    I wondered what happened Todd, I started getting trackback emails sent to me from the articles I posted. It was like turning on a faucet. Thanks! :-)

  5. From JasonTromm at 8:56 am on September 29, 2005

    I use WordPress and Spam Karma 2 has handled all the trackback problems I’ve had in the past. I’m not suffering from any trackback attacks as severe as yours, but I do think WP handles comment and trackback spam better than MT.