Battling Comment Spam

Many of my clients are getting hit big time by comment spam on their blogs.  For whatever reason the problem has been worse than usual in the past two months.  There are some easy solutions, however.

Spam Filter

Akismet is the spam solution bundled with WordPress.  You have to pay around $5/mo for a business blog, but it is worth it.  I use Akismet on my blogs and only rarely have to deal with spam.

Limit the Comment Period

From the WordPress dashboard click on Settings->Discussion.  Where it says “Other Comment Settings” click on “ days” and set the number of days.  I suggest using the default 14 days.  This will keep spambots from trying to add comments for all of your old posts.

Approve Comments

Don’t allow comments to automatically appear on your blog!  While you are in the Discussion settings page, make sure one of these is checked:

  • An administrator must always approve the comment
  • Comment author must have a previously approved comment

Watch Out for Stealth Spam

Don’t just look at the comment.  I’m seeing a lot of comments that look like they are real, but when I look at the URL or email of the person writing the comment I can see it is spam.  How can you tell?  Oh, you’ll know.  Here are a sample of URLs I’ve seen:

  • buycheapestcigarettesonline.com/11-parliamentxsimadotson@t-online.de
  • healthycholesteroldiets.com/vingplaz@msn.com
  • cheapjerseysoutletsshop.com/lqeeztojiz@gmail.com

You get the picture.  My philosophy is “when in doubt, it is spam”.

For Laughs

Here are some of the strange spam comments I’ve seen:

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