This blog gets about 3000 spam comments each day. Akismet, the commonly recommended spam filter for WordPress, used to deal effectively with all spam but I’ve found that since about May this year, up to 15 spam comments are getting past Akismet each day. At first sight, many of these might seem genuine but I’ve written before how you can decide if they’re spam. Typically, they are just general comments about the blog rather than a specific comment on that particular post. If you google the comment, you will probably find it posted pretty much word for word on other blogs. Here’s a typical one:
I like the valuable info you provide in your articles.
I will bookmark your blog and check again here regularly.
I am quite certain I will learn lots of new stuff right here!
Best of luck for the next!
Commenter names or URLs linking to sites about weight loss, coupon codes, grey hair cures, etc., are also a giveaway. Every comment that gets through Akismet is emailed to me so I can moderate it and mark it as spam if necessary. But of course that doesn’t stop the spammers so I had to find a way to cut out these comments without having to waste time reading them. I don’t want to have to use a captcha unless I really have to as it may discourage genuine commenters.
Well I came across a blog with a similar problem but it was the comments that interested me. One commenter Ryan Hellyer recommended his plugin Spam Destroyer as an effective way to eliminate spam. The blogger tried it and it seemed to work well. Apparently it works along with Akismet, so I tried installing it and after 3 days, no spam is getting through to the comments at all! I’ve also beefed up my comment policy message above the comment submission button as you can read below.
So I’ll see how this goes and thanks to Ryan for his great plugin. If spam starts to come through later, I’ll disable the URL field and I may have to resort to a captcha but so far, so good. How do you deal with comment spam? Drop a (genuine!) comment below.