If you’ve been blogging for a year or more, on any blog system, you are probably ready to stop spam comments.
WordPress users have a built in plugin called Jetpack, and when enabled it will do everything from tell you how many visitors you have to stopping spam with a feature called Akismet. Akismet is impressive. I always marveled at how it knew which comments were spam and which were “ham” as they call it.
Very rarely did a real comment land in the spam folder. What did land there, however, were thousands and thousands of ridiculous comments.
Many were just lists of links for everything from Viagra to diet pills, and even porn, but others were more like a foreign version of MadLibs, complete with multiple fill in the blank words which I’m assuming the commenter would keep one and delete others, to form a barely comprehensible liturgy of…. ridiculousness.
Spam is annoying.
It takes up space on my server and my blog. I still have to go in and delete it, which is probably the most frustrating part. I gave up searching for real comments amongst it years ago.
I have yet to figure out the point of using a plugin like Akismet, if all it does is move the spam comments to a folder of their own, rather than stopping them from every being posted.
My goal lately has been to lighten up the server load on my sites, which means paring down the plugins I’m using that tend to be resource hogs. The first to go was Jetpack. I won’t go into all of that here but may in another post. I found a plugin that not only works, but works VERY WELL.
This handy little plugin is simply called Anti-Spam.
The plugin designer states “No spam in comments. No captcha.” Pretty straightforward and the best part is that it WORKS. I haven’t had one single spam comment in my Spam folder since I installed it in early December, nor have any slipped by into the real comments folder either.
With Akismet, between 100-1000 spam comments were landing in my Spam folder each day. What you see above is all that made it through Anti-Spam’s filters enough to then be stopped. 242 in one month. I am now using this plugin on all of my sites.
Don’t ask how to stop spam comments any more, just get this plugin! (I was not paid or reimbursed in any way for this post. I just like to share things that work well! )