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    Newbie Estreetloans's Avatar
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    Angry Spam on my Wordpress
    I began using wordpress recently for our blogging and every day I get at least 2 to 3 comments that are pure spam.

    I dont even understand what a person would get out of posting these comments. Naturally I delete them, but is there away to automatically delete the spam, a plug in or...?

    The comments are generally a phrase such as "best affiliate programs" which is a link, and when you click on the link it takes you to a google search for "best affiliate programs"

    Even if I left the spam comments what good has it done for the spammer?

    Anyone else suffer from spam overload in their blogs?
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    Yes, there's a plugin called Akizmet for WordPress that will handle spam comments automatically.
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    Newbie Estreetloans's Avatar
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    I have that set up, but I still have to go in and delete them otherwise the will continue to build up.

    I guess I will just keep deleting daily. Thanks!
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    Akismet will automatically delete comments it catches after a week, so you don't need to worry about it!
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    Yup, Akismet it like bug killer.... traps, kills and disposes of... plus reports to a main database when you report spam it may not know about yet.
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    Oh I didnt realize it autmatically deleted it for you. Thanks! Now I can stop wasting time going in and deleting them as they come in. Thanks!
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    However, it is worth your time to check out the list every week or so, Akismet will occasionally catch real comments as opposed to spam. A check once a week should do the trick...
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    I felt so stupid for not turning on Akizmet sooner. I had been getting about 10 spam comments a day that I was deleting before I turned it on. Now I do a once a week check and I am so much happier!!
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    Akismet really works! I installed it right away when I signed up for an account in wordpress. I always have 5-10 (even more) Spams a day and it's frustrating.

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    Thanks, I'll give this a try. I have a blog but just turned off all comments because of all the spam. This may allow me to turn it on again.

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    I have had it build up to 4-5 thousand spam messages if it's not turned on. It really helps.

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    4-5 thousand spam messages???
    You have that for one day?
    That's too much! Good for me I don't have that huge number of spams.

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    Two sites get that much spam per day, but this one I was speaking of that is about 3-4 days worth built up. The spam filter still doesn't catch everything, but at least it makes my job a little easier.

    We get spam from Cars to Viagra and more. It's worse than e-mail spam.

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    You wrote: "I dont even understand what a person would get out of posting these comments."

    Spammers are relying on the 1 in 100 or 1 in 10,000 opportunity -- in this case, they hope that Google will index the link in their comment and increase the link popularity of the site. A few "comment spammers" may also hope that somebody would read the comment and click through to the site, but generally these are so far off-topic and so poorly written that this is quite unlikely.

    During the brief period when I had a "comment form" on one of my sites, I was surprised at the number of spam/junk comments that did NOT carry any spam links. Mostly they said things like "great site, please check out mine" but without a return link. I assume these are generated by "bots" and not real people; perhaps there is some follow-up so that if a post is later found to have been indexed by Google, then there is follow up with "actual spam" to those places.

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    Mostly they said things like "great site, please check out mine" but without a return link. I assume these are generated by "bots" and not real people; perhaps there is some follow-up so that if a post is later found to have been indexed by Google, then there is follow up with "actual spam" to those places.
    I made the mistake of leaving some of these up on one blog...then right after the next G index change, I was inundated with spams!

    So that's exactly what they're up to.

    Most of the time, there'll be some odd thing in the "scouting" spams. Like a misspelled word (that most people don't misspell or typo). I've even had some just post a random number! Anything that would serve as a "tag" they can later search for may be used.

    One thing I got recently that may be a new tactic: A person made a comment that just said "I totally agree!" and put in the URL of what seemed to be their site (in that part where you can click the person's name in a comment)...I checked the site (translated it from Romanian) and it seemed like an okay one, so I left it. But about a month later, they put a redirect on their URL and aimed it at some kind of sludge!

    So I edited out their URL, but left the "agreement" showing LOL!
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    I have two simple ways for dealing with spam comments on a WordPress blog:

    - Akismet, which has already been mentioned.
    - Moderate all comments by hand, so they can't sneak spam by Akismet.

    I log in and moderate everything, and it doesn't cause me any trouble at all.

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    Yep, I use both too. Anything that slips by Akismet (maybe 6 a month) I can manually mark as spam. The rest I approve for posting.
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    Beyond using Akismet, ALL comments should be set up to be approved manually. That way, the spam never gets posted.
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