Trackback Hell!

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.

About geeknews

Todd Cochrane is the Founder of Geek News Central and host of the Geek News Central Podcast. He is a Podcast Hall of Fame Inductee and was one of the very first podcasters in 2004. He wrote the first book on podcasting, and did many of the early Podcast Advertising deals in the podcasting space. He does two other podcasts in addition to Geek News Central. The New Media Show and Podcast Legends.

3 thoughts on “Trackback Hell!

  1. 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.

  2. 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! :-)

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

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