Akismet Trackback Spam Ban Lifted!
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- Written on: January 15th, 2009
As I explained in yesterday’s post, Akismet banned me from posting comments on WordPress blogs because of my use of a trackback spam tool I tested out a few months ago.
After some searching, I found one other blogger who suggested simply contacting Akismet if you feel you were wrongly blacklisted.
While I definitely deserved some punishment for trying to exploit the trackback system, I had been “clean” form spam-like activities for a long time and had been working diligently for months to restore my blog’s honor in the eyes of Akismet.
Could a simple email be the answer I had been looking for?
In fact, it was. I used the contact form on the Akismet website to submit a “I have a support or feature request” service ticket. I was completely honest in my email where I explained what happened and asked for the penalty to be lifted.
Here is what I sent through their contact form:
I was testing out Shoemoney Tools and his related trackback feature. I used it for a couple days a few months back and ever since them all of my comments (even my own trackbacks on my own blog) are marked as spam automatically. I am not a serial trackback spammer, and I figured after a few months of “good behavior” the penalty would probably be lifted. Can you help me resolve this issue? Thanks!
I was not very hopeful that my email would solve anything. I honestly figured they must get 100 of these requests a day, so what would make mine any more or less compelling?
To my surprise, two days later I received this response:
This is fixed but all those sorts of tools are junk, I’d stay away from them 🙂
I was shocked that my request was read and acted upon, but I received a personalized response form Akismet as well.
Thanks to Akismet for an awesome plugin that I use daily, and you have my word I will not try any other foolish auto-backlinking blog scemes in the future!
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