Spam. Nobody likes it. With the latest changes in email filters, we all are experiencing much less spam. Or are we? If you’re a blogger, you are undoubtedly feeling overwhelmed by the amount of spam hitting your comment box.
Wouldn’t you like to know how to fix comment spam?
It’s really very simple. Turn off comments.
What? Turn off comments?
Am I crazy?
Don’t click away….stay with me to see where I take this.
When I set up my blog originally, I installed a WordPress plugin called Akismet. It is supposed to be the premier plugin to prevent comment and trackback spam.
Yet, when I check my WordPress dashboard I see this…
Akismet has protected your site from 174,203 spam comments already.
There are 692 comments in your spam queue right now.
I couldn’t let those bad boy bots give me a bad day. Nope. I needed to take matters into my own hands.
What did I do?
I thought long and hard about this. It isn’t a good idea to install all kinds of plug-ins on our blogs, just because they do great things. [sigh]
Regardless…the spambots were getting my goat and so I took a deep breath and installed a plugin called Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin.
That plugin worked fabulously until those wonderful email spam filters went to work. Then I started getting spam comments by the thousands which got caught by Akismet, but landed in my spam folder/queue. It became a dreaded task everyday to run through the spam comments checking for that lovely commenter who thoughtfully took the time to leave some very sweet words and put a huge smile on my face.
I had to do something.
Something that doesn’t require a plugin.
Something that’s super easy.
Something that did a super job of eliminating almost all those awful bad boy bots…
Something that worked!
Here’s How I Fixed My Comment Spam
I went back to my WordPress dashboard and….
- clicked Settings
- then clicked Discussion Settings
- and then under other comment settings
- checked Automatically close comments on articles older than [blank] days. I chose 90 days. You may need to adjust that according to the number of spam comments that you will continue to get.
- Scroll to the bottom of the page and hit save changes.
Did this eliminate ALL spam comments?
No, it didn’t. With that in place I get a small number of spam comments per week, not a cajillion every day.
It’s a remarkable thing. I feel like I can breathe. Before, if I didn’t run through the spam comments at least once a day they would get out of hand and I would fear that I missed an important comment. Now I have my sanity back.
What’s interesting about this is that Copyblogger says it’s more than okay to turn comments off. In fact they encourage their peeps to leave comments on social media, especially Google Plus. I guess I could encourage you to leave comments on Facebook or G+. They also suggest, that instead of replying with a comment, write a post in response to the post with more detail than a comment would warrant and link back to the original post. That’s food for thought.
I chose to close comments after 90 days. That gives a fair amount of time for those who read in hunks and chunks to catch up and still comment. Hopefully the others will pop by Facebook or email their thoughts.
Have you been overwhelmed with bad boy bots and their creepy, nonsensical, spammy comments?
Hopefully this has been a helpful tip on how to fix comment spam.
I’d love to hear how you deal/dealt with this annoying problem.
Note: I am not an expert. Today I’m just sharing a tip that worked great for me and didn’t take any technical expertise to implement. And that makes my day. Hope it makes yours too.
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