Tag Archives: Spam

How much spam does a blog like this get?

This, my blog, is a little insignificant corner of the internet. But some people want to post stuff here with links to stuff they want to promote (everything from escort services and steroids to fake womens purses).

I use two anti-spam plugins:

  • Akismet – that identifies spam and puts it in the trash
  • BoomCaptcha – that makes it a little harder for a bot to comment

And I approve all comments before they are published.

So, how much spam do I delete (with one click, from the trash where Akismet puts it)? Here is the answer:

  • 2014-01-08: 22 comments
  • 2014-01-10: 12 comments
  • 2014-01-12: 17 comments
  • 2014-01-15: 27 comments
  • 2014-01-19: 34 comments
  • 2014-01-22: 14 comments
  • 2014-01-24: 14 comments
  • 2014-01-26: 24 comments
  • 2014-01-29: 31 comments
  • 2014-02-01: 37 comments

As I have written before; if you have a fine site that you would like a link to; make an honest comment to this post and I will approve it.

Avoiding spam to WordPress

This blog runs WordPress, and for every month it has attracted more and more spam comments. Some comments that just contain plenty of links to sites. Other comments that say something generic and nice and with a subtle link. Last months it has been almost 100 per day. And it is all about selling pirate design purses and pirate drugs.

WordPress works very well with plugins, and plugins can be installed and activated with almost no work or technical skills at all.

Since long i have been using Akismet – a plugin that decides if a message is spam or not. I’d say it is at least 99.9% accurate. However, I always feel curious to check through the spam before ultimately deleting it, in case there is a real message in the spam.

A few days ago I installed the simple Captcha plugin. If you try to post anything it will ask you to do some trivial arithmetics. It seems to block at least 99% of all spam. Surprisingly efficient, considering that it does not use a hard to read image. Of course most spammers go for quantity, not quality.

I’ll be nice. If you have a legitimate web page for a smaller company, a non-profit organisation, a personal blogg, a useful piece of software, or fine stuff like that and you just post a nice comment to this post, I will approve it to give you a link from my insignificant blog.

Blog, Spam and Akismet

When I started writing this blog, I thought nobody would ever find it. Soon, I realised I got comments, which was nice. But the quality of comments varied, and I soon realised many (or most) of them were just spam. The longer the blog has been around, the more spam has shown up. I have approved all comments manually, and the comments you see on the posts are those I approved.

A few days ago I started using Akismet – a tool that automatically filters out spam comments. It works nice! I would recommend anyone with a wordpress blog to use it.