They say “If they said it on the internet .. it must be true …” … Well, somewhere they say that all of all the blog comments that are made, 90% of it is spam. I’m not going to verify that figure, because I think that while it probably is even higher than that on targeted blogs … (with high traffic or high paying keywords) .. I think it is much lower as a general percentage.
Anyway … I’ve been getting spammed on all my blogs, just like everybody else with a blog. It’s been annoying lately, because most of the repeated spam is from the same group of people (or by similar spam software anyway). The comments look like spanish text .. although my translation websites aren’t able to translate it into anything meaningful.
This is what it looks like…
First you get some comment with a reasonably looking URL as the homepage (there is no links in the actual comment itself)
But the URL is some referral to a site-search site, and usually porn or viagra or something like that
IF YOU USE WORDPRESS THERE ARE FREE ANTI-SPAM PLUGINS
Spam Karma 2 (SK2) is an anti-spam plugin for the WordPress blogging platform. It is meant to stop all forms of automated Blog spam effortlessly, while remaining as unobtrusive as possible to regular commenters. Spam Karma 2 is the proud successor to Spam Karma, with whom it shares most of the development ideas, but absolutely none of the code
I highly recommend that you get Spam Karma 2 because for most spam messages, that have lots of the usual links … it marks the comment as spam. But, it doesn’t catch everything that is spam. For instance, when there are comments that are like the above, with no clickable links in them but just garbledie gook text and a spam link as the homepage (with a yahoo or gmail fake email address) .. the comments get through.
What I used to do was this: I receive an email everytime with the I.P. address. In the options of the Spam Karma 2 plugin, you can BAN any IP address. For the most part this works great. But, there are two problems with this. Firstly, most spammers use multiple IP addresses .. and secondly, the other legitimate readers who subscribe to an entry’s comments gets the spam message too.
Who can? You have better things to do with your life than deal with the underbelly of the internet. Automattic Kismet (Akismet for short) is a collaborative effort to make comment and trackback spam a non-issue and restore innocence to blogging, so you never have to worry about spam again.
I also highly recommend that you get the plugin for Akismet. This plugin is basically free, if you are not a blogging company and make less than $500 commercial money per month. All you have to do is create a new wordpress.com blog and sign up for the API Key, which has to be entered into your plugin for use. If you have many blogs, you would use the same key.
Akismet – learns spam.
Just like Spam Karma 2, there will be spam that gets through – but you can train your wordpress blog to remember what is spam and mark these type of irritating blog comments as spam. Just do the following (Do NOT delete spam messages)..
* Go to MANAGE / COMMENTS … and look at the offending spam in the list and .. then click EDIT..
* In the advance section, change the “Approved” icon to the “Spam” icon .. then SAVE.
* The comment automatically gets labelled as spam (because you said so) and next time similar messages are caught every time.
You see, the problem with blacklisting the IP’s is that .. well, there seems to be almost an unlimited number of IP addresses that these spammers use and honestly – it gets tiresome deleting the messages or adding the IP to the blacklist.
Since I’ve been editing the messages (and NOT deleting the Spam) but marking them as Spam .. Akismet has been the number one Spam killer in HART’s books.
I will not deactivate my Spam Killer 2 plugin though, because I believe it works quite well that most comment spam is already recognized as spam .. before Akismet is really needed to ‘take over’ the job!