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.
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.