Only 38.5% of you reading this are Human

The human race is a minority on the Internet. And no, it\’s not because your pets have all of a sudden gotten computer-savvy.

via Less Than 40 Percent of the Internet Is Human.

What I find interesting is that while Bot activity is now 61.5% of all web traffic (an increase by 21% over 2012), only 31% of that activity is conducted by “good” bots. The remaining 30.5% is malicious activity carried out by scrapers, hacking tools, Impersonators and spammers (that last one surprisingly down 75% from 2012).

The full Incapsula report can be read here: Report: Bot traffic is up to 61.5% of all website traffic

Now I need to find a statistic that shows how much of that 38.5% human traffic is human-assisted comment spam. WordPress.com users are thankfully covered by Akismet spam blocker, which has also seen a large rise in the number of comment spam blocked during 2013. You can check your own spam statistics in your site’s Dashboard>Akismet Stats

What has your experience been this year? Have you seen an increase in the number of human-assisted spam in your site’s Spam folder? (If you need a reminder about the types of spam comments commonly posted, I heartily recommend reading Lorelle’s excellent post on “The Secret Recipe of Comment Spam“.)

If you want to read more, here’s another excellent read on comment spam: The Golden Era of Spam Comments has ended.

Author: JenT

Celebrating 10 years on WordPressdotcom! When not herding cats, I can usually be found setting up or customizing someone's WordPressdotcom blog, spelunking in the Support documents or helping out in the WordPressdotcom Community forums. Talk to me about taking your message to the world on WordPressdotcom (the hosted version).

2 thoughts on “Only 38.5% of you reading this are Human”

  1. At least comments can be deleted, thankfully.

    I dislike that ‘thing’ on Lorelle’s post more because it is the product of a content spinner and are usually used to produce multiple versions of a blog post that can then be guest posted on different sites.

    It’s yet another way to stuff the internet with more rubbish that it doesn’t need.

    The only upside I guess is that if no one reads the stuff then it just sits on servers doing nothing.

    1. Hi David, I wonder if it is financially worthwhile for someone to take up leaving human-assisted spam as a paying job. Come to think of it, that is a bit redundant because obviously it pays *someone* otherwise they wouldn’t do it. And actually it’s not true that it doesn’t do anything if it’s just sitting there. Google now penalizes a site for posting spammy links in comments. (And maybe those of us who display gravatars in comments and “likes” should be thankful that they do *not* link directly to a user’s website.)

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