The Hidden Cost Of Blog Comment Spam

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One of my clients who WAS earning thousands of
dollars a month from Google AdSense just called me,
devastated.

Google just closed his account because he had
AdSense running on numerous blogs, mostly
WordPress and those blogs were getting a lot of
porn spam comments... some interesting links at
that

The porn spam posts were a violation of Google's TOS,
and so after a warning they closed the account.

My client is thinking about getting another Google
AdSense account, under a differnet name, address,
legal entity, etc. but he wants to make sure that
this doesn't happen again.

His blog do pull in a TON of traffic and
apparently those visitors were clicking on Adsense
links.

He asked me for the best way to control comment
spam and I have no clue. When I look at my blogs
some of them have been over-run with the same
types of posts.

How do you deal with the problem?

Thanks,
Willie
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  • Profile picture of the author Josh Anderson
    Moderate all your comments or hire a va to moderate for you.
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    • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
      Originally Posted by Josh Anderson View Post

      Moderate all your comments or hire a va to moderate for you.

      While that would work Josh, it does limit how many
      blogs you can have... or could requires you to dedicate
      a lot of manpower just to that task.

      Some blogs could end up costing you more than they earn

      Willie
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      • Profile picture of the author GarrieWilson
        Askismet will catch most of them. A va could do check them cheaply.

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      • Profile picture of the author dcristo
        Originally Posted by Willie Crawford View Post

        While that would work Josh, it does limit how many
        blogs you can have... or could requires you to dedicate
        a lot of manpower just to that task.

        Some blogs could end up costing you more than they earn

        Willie
        I don't think that logic is true at all. Generally your profitable blogs are the ones which take a bit of time moderating the comments. If you are getting a lot of comments but the blog isn't making any money, the value of the traffic is likely low and your wasting your time with the blog anyway.
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  • Profile picture of the author dripable
    Edit - Follow what Josh Anderson said, misread what happened.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Barboza
    Use Discus comments
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  • Profile picture of the author gittar1122
    Ask any developer to write a plugin which can disable all kind of links in comment (Name section or comment body). Ask him to disable automatically convert into links feature for comments like if you write "www.google.com" (remove inverted commas) , most blogs automatically create a link to google.com with anchor "www.google.com"

    But its not limited to Adsense only, there are many issues with ranking if you are getting comment spam. Your ranking can be badly hurt if there is too much copied content which is also available on other blogs.

    So simple solution is to avoid comments or use comment management systems like Disqus or Intense Debate.

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  • Profile picture of the author Starfusion
    Make sure the moderate comment is turned on. Use a couple of anti-spam wordpress plugins to combat the spam.

    Maybe hire a virtual assistant and train them to check every blog daily to read through the comments and accept and post the ones that do make sense to the blog post/article on the site.

    The assistant will come at a cost but... Whats more important losing a few dollars per day to protect your adsense account.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rus Sells
    Willie,

    Is he also depending on real users commenting or are these just MFA on wordpress. If he's not worried about social conversation I believe he can just delete the comments.php file.

    There's probably some wordpress experts that know better ways then this so speak up guys!

    russ


    PS: Unless he suspects its scrapebox spam, I had that problem and deleting the comments.php did not work, hence my own platform.



    Originally Posted by Willie Crawford View Post

    One of my clients who WAS earning thousands of
    dollars a month from Google AdSense just called me,
    devastated.

    Google just closed his account because he had
    AdSense running on numerous blogs, mostly
    WordPress and those blogs were getting a lot of
    porn spam comments... some interesting links at
    that

    The porn spam posts were a violation of Google's TOS,
    and so after a warning they closed the account.

    My client is thinking about getting another Google
    AdSense account, under a differnet name, address,
    legal entity, etc. but he wants to make sure that
    this doesn't happen again.

    His blog do pull in a TON of traffic and
    apparently those visitors were clicking on Adsense
    links.

    He asked me for the best way to control comment
    spam and I have no clue. When I look at my blogs
    some of them have been over-run with the same
    types of posts.

    How do you deal with the problem?

    Thanks,
    Willie
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    • Profile picture of the author Carmen_Hudson
      I use a plug in to block spam in the first place, but when I do get it I am very very quick to delete it. And I do keep it all moderated so I can catch it before it goes.

      I also just speed-read. If I have 25 comments I'll scroll down looking for the one or two comments that look genuine. I'll mark those as ok, then bulk-delete the rest if I'm pressed for time. For awhile I was getting 90 bad comments a day before I found a free Wordpress spam blocker (since Akismet is no longer free) and for awhile I just turned comments off entirely!
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      • Profile picture of the author multimastery
        Originally Posted by Carmen_Hudson View Post

        I use a plug in to block spam in the first place, but when I do get it I am very very quick to delete it. And I do keep it all moderated so I can catch it before it goes.

        I also just speed-read. If I have 25 comments I'll scroll down looking for the one or two comments that look genuine. I'll mark those as ok, then bulk-delete the rest if I'm pressed for time. For awhile I was getting 90 bad comments a day before I found a free Wordpress spam blocker (since Akismet is no longer free) and for awhile I just turned comments off entirely!
        Wow I didn't know akismet was no longer free. I'd better go and check my blogs because that what I had up & running for the past few months. May I ask which free one you're using now, and is it effective?
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        • Profile picture of the author vicone
          Once Akismet started charging, I removed that plugin and turned off comments on most of my blogs as I wasn't concerned about getting real people to comment and the bulk of comments received were spam.

          I like the idea of that other free plugin mentioned above - Spam Free Wordpress - and I'll give it a try.

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          • Profile picture of the author SteveJohnson
            Originally Posted by multimastery View Post

            Wow I didn't know akismet was no longer free. I'd better go and check my blogs because that what I had up & running for the past few months. May I ask which free one you're using now, and is it effective?
            Originally Posted by vicone View Post

            Once Akismet started charging, I removed that plugin and turned off comments on most of my blogs as I wasn't concerned about getting real people to comment and the bulk of comments received were spam.

            I like the idea of that other free plugin mentioned above - Spam Free Wordpress - and I'll give it a try.

            Ivan
            The pricing options for Akismet are the same as they have been for years. They didn't "start charging" -- they've always "suggested" that commercial users pay for the service -- they just made the monetary stuff a lot more visible and more difficult to navigate around when you sign up for an API key.
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    • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
      Thanks Russell,

      He's not depending upon real users commenting.

      Willie


      Originally Posted by Rus Sells View Post

      Willie,

      Is he also depending on real users commenting or are these just MFA on wordpress. If he's not worried about social conversation I believe he can just delete the comments.php file.

      There's probably some wordpress experts that know better ways then this so speak up guys!

      russ


      PS: Unless he suspects its scrapebox spam, I had that problem and deleting the comments.php did not work, hence my own platform.
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      • Profile picture of the author Rus Sells
        Is his portfolio of site rather large? If it is, and he intends to grow it I would just mention to him he could have his own platform. Mine is so small that our resource usage on the server is minimal, pretty much just sql queries.

        Originally Posted by Willie Crawford View Post

        Thanks Russell,

        He's not depending upon real users commenting.

        Willie
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        • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
          Originally Posted by Rus Sells View Post

          Is his portfolio of site rather large? If it is, and he intends to grow it I would just mention to him he could have his own platform. Mine is so small that our resource usage on the server is minimal, pretty much just sql queries.

          That's something that I personally would have never considered
          Russell.

          Do lot of others here develop their own platforms?

          What are the advantages when platforms like WP have so many
          people developing plug-ins for them.

          I realize that with the most popular platforms are also probably
          the most targeted... especially since the code is open.

          Willie
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          • Profile picture of the author Rus Sells
            Hi Willie,

            There are several advantages.

            Scaling is a major benefit.
            Easy to deploy.
            Ad space can just be hard coded into the core elements.
            Can be made to appear like a wordpress site by integrating with themes, paid or free.
            Save tons of bandwidth and server resources.
            There's nothing for hackers to hack into. = )
            Can instantly change to another Adsense type program or even run multiple Adsense type vendors so he's not depending only on Google.
            He can monitize for banner ads now much easier and network wide all at once.

            The list goes on, its really a better long term solution for him.

            Originally Posted by Willie Crawford View Post

            That's something that I personally would have never considered
            Russell.

            Do lot of others here develop their own platforms?

            What are the advantages when platforms like WP have so many
            people developing plug-ins for them.

            I realize that with the most popular platforms are also probably
            the most targeted... especially since the code is open.

            Willie
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          • Profile picture of the author DogScout
            Originally Posted by Willie Crawford View Post

            That's something that I personally would have never considered
            Russell.

            Do lot of others here develop their own platforms?

            What are the advantages when platforms like WP have so many
            people developing plug-ins for them.

            I realize that with the most popular platforms are also probably
            the most targeted... especially since the code is open.

            Willie
            Hire a coder. Re-code WP securely. Watch updates, if the next update does not contain an exploit patch, you should never need up-grade again. Any further security patches are usually to close exploits opened during up-dates in functionality. If you decide a function is worth it, have your coder add it. DO NOT UP-GRADE!!!

            I used a WP1.5 something version for years securely & never upgraded. I now have used a 2.9 something securely and will never up-grade. & I am betting the next up-grade of the 3 series will not contain a security patch, (& if it does, your coder can close it).

            I used a forum for 10 years after having it secured and NEVER had a problem. It is amazing what a GOOD WP coder can do! I am betting a couple grand to secure a site for 10 years is a drop in the bucket of what a single site can make in 10 years. (& if you use more then one site, it is easy to D/L and re-U/L to another site and just change content and design!)

            I happen to know a good coder... he is a perfectionist though. You got my IM, if you want me to ask him if he is interested.

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        • Profile picture of the author jwmann2
          Use captchas for your comments. Thats what I do.
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  • Profile picture of the author cashcow
    On the blogs that I dont want to spend time moderating, I don't allow comments.

    But a word of caution to your client, if he signs up as a different business entity and then tries to put adsense ads on the same blogs it's possible they might get flagged as being associated with the previously banned account. I dont know this for sure so maybe someone who knows more can comment but it might be something he should consider.

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    • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
      Originally Posted by cashcow View Post

      On the blogs that I dont want to spend time moderating, I don't allow comments.

      But a word of caution to your client, if he signs up as a different business entity and then tries to put adsense ads on the same blogs it's possible they might get flagged as being associated with the previously banned account. I dont know this for sure so maybe someone who knows more can comment but it might be something he should consider.

      Lee

      That makes perfect sense Lee and I advised him to monetize
      his blogs using other revenue streams anyway. The AdSense
      money felt "hand-free" which is why he preferred it.

      It would make sense that the sites would be flagged too,
      meaning that for those sites, he actually IS probably better
      off monetizing them in other ways.

      Willie
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    • Profile picture of the author Rus Sells
      Cashcow,

      That will work until a blackhatter comment spammer finds your blog.



      Originally Posted by cashcow View Post

      On the blogs that I dont want to spend time moderating, I don't allow comments.

      But a word of caution to your client, if he signs up as a different business entity and then tries to put adsense ads on the same blogs it's possible they might get flagged as being associated with the previously banned account. I dont know this for sure so maybe someone who knows more can comment but it might be something he should consider.

      Lee
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      • Profile picture of the author brentb
        Disable the comments fo sho!

        Why not get him signed up to some affiliate program and throw some of that up there? He would probably do better anyways...
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        • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
          Originally Posted by brentb View Post

          Disable the comments fo sho!

          Why not get him signed up to some affiliate program and throw some of that up there? He would probably do better anyways...

          I agree, especially if they are links to sell my products

          Willie
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        • Profile picture of the author kindsvater
          Here is a blog post I keep with the plugins I use to combat WordPress comment spam:

          http://internetprofituniversity.com/...press-plugins/

          I rarely get any link spam on my blogs. Haven't seen a porn link in ages.

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          • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
            Originally Posted by kindsvater View Post

            Here is a blog post I keep with the plugins I use to combat WordPress comment spam:

            http://internetprofituniversity.com/...press-plugins/

            I rarely get any link spam on my blogs. Haven't seen a porn link in ages.

            .
            Thanks. I'll definitely check it out.
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            • Profile picture of the author Paul Barrs
              Willie, it's already been said...

              Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

              Willie, I use Askimet and WP-SpamFree. Between the two of them not much gets through that isn't a legitimate comment. Closest thing I've found to worry-free anyway.

              Or simply turn comments off if reader participation isn't needed. I have it set so comments people can only comment for a week after a post, then the comments are turned off. A lot of blog spammers use old posts to try to sneak their comments in. If they're turned off after a short time period there aren't near as many comments to have to monitor.
              Originally Posted by JustSomeWarrior View Post

              If he's not depending on real users commenting, then just disable the comments. This should have been done in the first place.
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              • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
                Originally Posted by Willie Crawford View Post

                While that would work Josh, it does limit how many
                blogs you can have... or could requires you to dedicate
                a lot of manpower just to that task.

                Some blogs could end up costing you more than they earn

                Willie
                Manpower is a good thing. Jobs for people is a good thing.

                Comments take literally seconds to scan and approve.

                If a blog is costing one more than one can earn, perhaps it shouldn't be in the portfolio in the first place.

                Comments don't need to be monitored daily either. If it is purely adsense, those could be approved weekly. Or even just shut comments off all together if someone is not even paying attention to them.

                I appreciate automation, but even more so I appreciate when a blog or site owner comes back to involve themselves in the conversation as well. Nice to know someone is actually in the cockpit.
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          • Profile picture of the author GarrieWilson
            Originally Posted by kindsvater View Post

            Here is a blog post I keep with the plugins I use to combat WordPress comment spam:

            http://internetprofituniversity.com/...press-plugins/

            I rarely get any link spam on my blogs. Haven't seen a porn link in ages.

            .
            LOL

            No but your one comment on that page is spam.
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            • Profile picture of the author kindsvater
              Originally Posted by GarrieWilson View Post

              LOL

              No but your one comment on that page is spam.
              Yeah, I saw that - but there are no back links. None for the poster and none in the post.

              Must have been a rookie spammer. Or, maybe it's just a post that looks like spam. It was from 2009 so I'd say the anti-spam efforts are working.

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      • Profile picture of the author cashcow
        Originally Posted by Rus Sells View Post

        Cashcow,

        That will work until a BlueFartter comment spammer finds your blog.
        I usually dont allow comments and then I also turn off comments after 1 day. Seems to work but then again, I dont go back to much to check. They can still comment if you have them turned off?

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        • Profile picture of the author Rus Sells
          Yups, they sure can. Turning off comments is the obvious thing to do, but programs like scrapebox can get around that.

          If some one is managing 100 or more sites its not time effective to pay some one to moderate them. Some people have 1000's of sites in portfolios.

          Originally Posted by cashcow View Post

          I usually dont allow comments and then I also turn off comments after 1 day. Seems to work but then again, I dont go back to much to check. They can still comment if you have them turned off?

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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    Willie, I use Askimet and WP-SpamFree. Between the two of them not much gets through that isn't a legitimate comment. Closest thing I've found to worry-free anyway.

    Or simply turn comments off if reader participation isn't needed. I have it set so comments people can only comment for a week after a post, then the comments are turned off. A lot of blog spammers use old posts to try to sneak their comments in. If they're turned off after a short time period there aren't near as many comments to have to monitor.
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  • Profile picture of the author JustSomeWarrior
    If he's not depending on real users commenting, then just disable the comments. This should have been done in the first place.
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    • Profile picture of the author Fazal Mayar
      Originally Posted by JustSomeWarrior View Post

      If he's not depending on real users commenting, then just disable the comments. This should have been done in the first place.
      Very well said.
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  • Profile picture of the author cma01
    Willie,

    I had some issues with these on a feeder blog network even with the comments closed

    I think the issue is that some auto commenters submit directly to the commenting function of Wordpress and don't even interact with the form

    After some advice on the BLF, in addition to closing the comments, I set the comments to moderated, required registration to comment, closed registrations, and closed posts to comments after 1 day.

    I don't get any comments coming through those blogs
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  • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
    They say that misery loves company.

    Good to see that my client (and I) are not the only
    ones experiencing this problem.

    I have blogs where I definitely want the interaction,
    but even there it can get crazy. I had one COOKING
    site where fights actually broke out from time to time.

    One person would request a recipe, another person
    would respond, another person would respond with
    "that recipe was nice but here's a better one" and
    before you knew it virtual punches were being traded

    The thing was that the visitor interaction is what was
    growing the site and the traffic so fast too... so it
    was desirable, although I eventually turned off commenting
    on that blog because moderating was a full-time job.

    Willie
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  • Profile picture of the author Melody
    Rather than just turn the comments off or deleting the comments.php file - you can actually delete the comments string from the post file.

    This way the code string is actually removed from the source code of the file completely and seems to stop the various scrapers from even finding you in the first place- I have noticed the number of weirdly named spiders from .ru domains seems to have almost disappeared since I started doing this.

    Look for something like this in the page and post templates:
    <?php if(get_option('forester_show_post_comments') == 'on') comments_template( '', true ); ?>

    So - now every time I get a new theme - I just strip it out immediately, and don't have to do it every time I use the theme.

    A word of advice: ALWAYS make a copy of any template and set it aside before you play with the code. This way if you screw something up, you just upload the 'virgin' code and you are back to the original working theme.

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    • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
      I like that, and I am proficient at screwing up code, and formatting
      harddrives, and even editing system files on my computers that
      I should never touch :-)

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      Originally Posted by Melody View Post

      Rather than just turn the comments off or deleting the comments.php file - you can actually delete the comments string from the post file.

      This way the code string is actually removed from the source code of the file completely and seems to stop the various scrapers from even finding you in the first place- I have noticed the number of weirdly named spiders from .ru domains seems to have almost disappeared since I started doing this.

      Look for something like this in the page and post templates:
      <?php if(get_option('forester_show_post_comments') == 'on') comments_template( '', true ); ?>

      So - now every time I get a new theme - I just strip it out immediately, and don't have to do it every time I use the theme.

      A word of advice: ALWAYS make a copy of any template and set it aside before you play with the code. This way if you screw something up, you just upload the 'virgin' code and you are back to the original working theme.

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      • Profile picture of the author Melody
        Originally Posted by Willie Crawford View Post

        I like that, and I am proficient at screwing up code, and formatting
        harddrives, and even editing system files on my computers that
        I should never touch :-)

        Willie
        I learned the hard way years ago!! Even though I outsource a lot of the work these days - it's still nice to be able to get in and hack the code when I need to - and this little trick has saved my tush more than a few times!

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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    Simple, remove the Wordpress comment code from your WP theme.

    Done,

    If you have to have comments on your blog, use the Facebook Iframe, they will be posting comments on FB not the actual blog.

    Myself, I would just delete the WP code & be done with it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Lyanna
      Originally Posted by yukon View Post

      Simple, remove the Wordpress comment code from your WP theme.

      Done,

      If you have to have comments on your blog, use the Facebook Iframe, they will be posting comments on FB not the actual blog.

      Myself, I would just delete the WP code & be done with it.
      Incredible! I never thought of that but it seems like a great idea.
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      • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
        Originally Posted by Lyanna View Post

        Incredible! I never thought of that but it seems like a great idea.
        I would have never thought of it either, but that's why
        I've been asking questions here for over a decade :-)

        It does seem like the simplest solution.

        Willie
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  • Profile picture of the author blillard
    Try sicaptcha for wordpress, and require all comment need approval if that helps out.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mixengineer
    Hire a friend or a college kid to moderate it. Just give them a link to all the blogs, give them moderator access(limited), and tell him what is allowed and what isnt.
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  • Profile picture of the author redbearing
    You might want to consider installing captcha plugin on your wordpress blogs. This will prevent the majority of spam bot from leaving any comment on your blog.
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    • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
      Originally Posted by redbearing View Post

      You might want to consider installing captcha plugin on your wordpress blogs. This will prevent the majority of spam bot from leaving any comment on your blog.
      I can show you several piece of software that readily solves captcha
      codes

      But it would slow things down.

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  • Agree with another poster..why are comments enabled in the first place?
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    • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
      Originally Posted by The General Public View Post

      Agree with another poster..why are comments enabled in the first place?

      My guess is that on the blogs that I first started talking about,
      whoever set them up considered that the proper "default"
      setting.

      Disabling comments alone though doesn't stop determined
      posters. I do personally have blogs with commenting
      disabled, that still have comments posted to them... perhaps
      because something was incorrectly configured.

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  • Profile picture of the author Luke McCormack
    I use VAs and Si Captcha, seems to work at deterring scrapebox users and other autobot spammers.

    Best regards

    Nigel
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  • Profile picture of the author NicSennen
    I use the Flexsqueeze theme and it is a simple matter to remove the comments option without any coding, also to remove the post dates etc. if you wish so that your blog looks more like a regular site.
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  • Profile picture of the author AMiRU
    My blog used to get more than 10 spam comment a day, then I installed GASP, I hardly get a spam comment a day.
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    • Profile picture of the author azmanar
      Hi Willie,

      1 => I use ONLY Akismet Plugin to auto-block spam comments on ALL SITES.
      Some spam comments did pass through. So I do weekly management and delete spams. SPAMS MUST BE DELETED because we'll never know what they could do while sitting in our WP.

      So, I'm forcing myself to manage my WP sites. Otherwise, I would be ignorant of the plugins, themes and WP versions that need to be updated. And if I don't update them, the WP sites are at risk of being exploited, hacked or hijacked.

      2 => I switched off comments function for older blogs.
      It is a good idea to delete the PHP comment tags, but I don't want to do that. My blogs received comments, questions and answers from subscribers. So I want them to be seen. Been maintaining these training blogs since 2005, as an extension of some special interest forums.

      3 => I installed FB Comments plugin for newer blogs.
      I switched off comments function but would not delete the PHP comment tags. When FB upgraded their system, this plugin screwed up by spewing error messages for a couple of weeks. So the WP comment function became a fall-back when that happened. These are for my informational sites that need viral marketing.

      lol ... you might want to know why I wrote "ONLY" in front of Akismet Plugin, earlier on. The reason is simple.

      The more plugins we installed for a single purpose, the more overhead will be incurred to our database driven WP sites. More plugins means longer loading time of all our pages and posts. So we should choose our plugins wisely and delete what we don't really need.

      Just my take.
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  • Profile picture of the author DogScout
    I should mention... depending on your host, they MAY charge an extra 2 bucks to use the https:// settings and SSI... but any 'reputable' host won't.
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    one of my high ranking financial blogs in January got 30,000 spam comments in 3 days.

    I was not a happy chappy!

    I even had to outsource someone to get rid of this. Yes yes, I know what you are going to say, do this yourself it is easy, but it was my fault for not being ready for this sort of event. And I am not a technical person and would just screw it up if I went through that MYSQL trick.

    But just goes to show you that you must spend time to prepare incase this stuff happens.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary Ning Lo
    I suggest manually approving all post..

    This WILL resolve the issue.

    I personally tell my VAs to do this.

    Cheers,

    ~Gary
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  • Profile picture of the author tformsopti8
    Wow have to try the Facebook Iframe for comments
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  • Profile picture of the author Clyde
    Uhh.. use Akismet?
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  • Profile picture of the author Klemen Znidar
    akismet and add some captcha protection. you will get rid of 99.9% spam that way. If some filter through, delete by hand (:
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  • Profile picture of the author multimastery
    Actually there is a Free in-built solution around this for Wordpress. Just go under setting - discussions, then simply put in your Comment Blacklist words. Be sure to put your blacklist words on word per line, not straight across. You can also block IPs if you want.
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    • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
      Originally Posted by multimastery View Post

      Actually there is a Free in-built solution around this for Wordpress. Just go under setting - discussions, then simply put in your Comment Blacklist words.
      That's not a viable solution and I imagine that if you had a big enough list
      of words that had to be processed with each post, that it would also
      even put extra strain on the server.


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      • Originally Posted by Willie Crawford View Post

        That's not a viable solution and I imagine that if you had a big enough list
        of words that had to be processed with each post, that it would also
        even put extra strain on the server.
        It doesn't eliminate *all* spam, true, but I find it does take care of the egregious stuff. The rest is kept down to an easily-manageable dull roar.

        So far the server overhead hasn't been a problem.

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        • Profile picture of the author multimastery
          Originally Posted by fluffythewondercat View Post

          It doesn't eliminate *all* spam, true, but I find it does take care of the egregious stuff. The rest is kept down to an easily-manageable dull roar.

          So far the server overhead hasn't been a problem.

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          Agreed. I can't tell any probs, at least not major ones. And it seems like only a short list of problem words would need to be blocked anyways like xxx, porn, sex, gambling and perhaps a few others.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Hill
    If he wants to make money via Google Adsense then I would disable comments all together because the main focus of that blog is to make money via Adsense.

    If they don't use Adsense then I would keep the comments open and use plugins that have been mentioned above to help combat that problem.

    You can also moderate the comments before they go live which will certainly help.
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  • Profile picture of the author DSepanik
    I am very careful which of my sites I have adsense on. I had it on a dating related site for a while. Then I realized google might not like some of the content, so I took off the adsense.
    You can simply not allow comment, or manually approve the comments.
    I now create sites specifically for adsense with content I know google wont ban my account for.
    I have read about many people having their adsense account banned. I know if you just try and open another account, sometimes google wont approve it. You have to be careful where you open your new account from.
    Best of luck,
    Dan
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  • Profile picture of the author J Bold
    wow a few great posts on here. I liked the solution of just deleting the comment string in the posts file on Wordpress. Almost seems obvious but hadn't thought of it before!

    If you don't want any comments at all that seems a great solution.
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  • Profile picture of the author Melody
    Hi everyone - I just started using Spam Free Wordpress (mentioned previously in another post) - I usually just delete the comments.php file and the comments code in the templates, but I have a couple of blogs started recently that I WANT valid reader interaction on. One blog for the past couple of days has been getting upwards of 50 spam comments per day, and while I don't mind moderating the posts - I really don't want to sort through the bot spam to do so....this plugin adds a password that the user must either type in or cut and paste to submit the comment. It's in javascript so theoretically the bots won't 'see' it -

    Spam Free Wordpress | Todd Lahman

    A little bit of work to install as you need to add a line of code to the post template - but it's stopped 35 spam posts since I installed it this afternoon - but did let two real comments go through for moderation.

    well worth the 5 minutes it took to install!

    Melody
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  • Profile picture of the author timpears
    I have taken to just turning comments off. I know that comments can add to your blog, but bottom line, I think the problems outweigh the cons. Therefore I turn them off.

    I understand that Akismet will help a lot to cut SPAM down, but then you still have to moderate. People will still find a way though. I still get some SPAM even though I have comments turned off. Damned if I know how that happens, but every once in a while I get a notice of a comment or two. so I have to go in and delete it as it is all SPAM.
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  • Profile picture of the author Giani
    The best is to take comments off on your blogs.

    But if you want comments, then use Akismet.

    These are the best solutions.


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  • Profile picture of the author simonbuzz
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    Moderate all your comments that's the best thing to do or close the comment box...
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