Comment Spam WordPress Plugins
The number of comment spam you get on your blog is not indicative of how popular your blog is. It’s an indication of how many incoming links you have coming from highly comment spammed blogs as many comment spamming web crawling bots trace links from one blog to another to spread their evil nasties.
However, if the number of comment spam is an indicator of a blog’s success, I think I’m one of the most popular bloggers around. :D
I get anywhere from 300 to 2000 comment spam a day. It wasn’t always like this. In the past four months, I’ve been unable to adequately scan comment spam looking for false positives. Two days away traveling and I’m greeted with 3,000 comment spams to cruise through looking for potentially misdirected comments. It’s overwhelming. I do my best to randomly check, but reading through all the sex, porn, golden showers, casinos, mortgages, furniture sales, real estate sales, sexual enhancers, sexual stimulators, and…well, thousands of gross and disgusting comment spams just aren’t much fun to read.
Akismet continues to be one of the most popular comment spam fighting tools around. One of the most important reasons why Akismet continues to be the most popular and successful is that is a team effort.
When you use Akismet to mark a comment as comment spam, the comment spam information is added to a master database. When that type of comment spam hits my Akismet-enabled blog, it will get caught because you helped the program recognize it. You helped me fight off comment spam. When I mark a comment as comment spam, you get the return benefit. We work together as a community to put an end to blog comment spam.
Akismet isn’t just for WordPress blogs. According to the Akismet Development List and Resources, Akismet works with Movable Type, Drupal, phpBB, Blojsom, Bloxsom, Geeklog, Serendipity, Nucleus, b2evolution, PunBB, Express Engine, Coppermine, Lifetype, Simple Machine Forums, and others. If we all work as a team, from a variety of sources, we might represent a very big hammer against comment spam.
Spam Karma 2 is one of the oldest comment spam fighting tools. It’s long been doing battle to capture and hold comment spam out of your comments until you inspect them. I’ve been using it for over three years and it continues to slap down and stop comment spam on my blogs.
Referrer Bouncer WordPress Plugin by Angsuman offers another method of stopping comment spam. It “bounces back referrer spam attempts” without an upfront configuration or mod-rewrite. Similar to Bad Behavior, the author designed it to work without you even notice it working.
The volunteers behind these brilliant comment spam fighting tools work overtime to make sure their tools stick with the battle. If you use their WordPress Plugins, consider donating some funding, or at least help by promoting their work, in order to encourage continued development.
Honestly, if these stopped working, the weight of comment spam attacks would crush almost all WordPress bloggers. Help them continue the fight.
Comment Tests, Questions, Math, and Captchas
I’d like to list the many other WordPress Plugins which offer comment filters and protectors like CAPTCHAs and tests for your readers, but they don’t work.
Sure, they make you feel like you are “doing something” against the evil onslaught of comment spam.
At first, you think they are working. The comment spam load drops off. It doesn’t matter that your readers are forced to answer inane questions (My name is Bill. What is my name?), add numbers, or bend their eyes within their sockets to figure out what the heck are those twisted letters and numbers against a hard-to-read background. It only matters that for a short time, you might be getting less comment spam.
Why don’t they work? They work against stupid comment spam bots, but they don’t work against the better ones with programming abilities to bypass these test. And they certainly don’t work on the growing trend in using humans to comment spam. I think these low paid, often third-world workers, can figure out what 4+1 equals and that your name is Bill in order to meet their quota for spreading their filth around the web.
While there are a variety of comment spam protection testing and CAPTCHA WordPress Plugins out there, why waste your time when they don’t work for long. Many blog readers tell me they won’t comment when they see a CAPTCHA as they have a long history of not working and making the comment process take much longer than it should. People lose interest when they have to pass a test to leave a comment. Why punish and torture your readers?
Get the real comment spam fighters and let your real readers comment freely.
Splogs, Scrapers, and Thieves
Another evil on the web comes from those who can’t do anything for themselves, including coming up with their own blog content. These creeps steal content from other bloggers and use it to stuff their blogs with illegal content to promote their money-making schemes.
The first stop on our list of evil stopping WordPress Plugins are Plugins which help you include copyright notices and legal policies in your WordPress blogs. It doesn’t stop content theft, but copyright notices and a visible legal policy help to warn potential thieves and is a great CYA (cover your ass) when you go to battle against content theft.
The Creative-Commons-Configurator WordPress Plugin sets the Creative Commons license for your blog and generates the code and icon on your WordPress blog. This is a visible alert and warning to visitors that your content is copyrighted, and what your copyright covers.
The Blog Copyright WordPress Plugin by guff.szub.net displays a dated copyright mark on all your pages, including a date range for categories and other multi-post page views. It also offers full customization features.
Numly WordPress Plugin works with the ESN ID (Electronic Serial Numbers) provided by the Electronic Standard Book Number service. The Plugin requests the ESN and adds it to your WordPress blog as an electronic timestamp for copyright purposes.
The Disclosure Policy WordPress Plugin is a new WordPress Plugin that adds an area at the bottom of every post for you to include a copyright notice, public disclosure message, links to legal and/or comment policies, and other “messages” to help protect your blog’s content.
Copyright Protection in Your Blog Feeds
Angsuman’s Feed Copyrighter WordPress Plugin adds a copyright message to your feed to appear on all full feed posts and on splogs who scrap your site through feeds and use your content.
You can also manually add a copyright notice to your blog posts, as I do on this blog, but a WordPress Plugin makes sure you never forget.
Tracking Content Theft WordPress Plugins
There are two amazingly powerful splog protection WordPress Plugins ready to help warn you when someone is stealing your content and republishing it without your permission. AntiLeech WordPress Plugin by Owen Winkler and Digital Fingerprint Detecting Content Theft WordPress Plugin by Max Power inject “digital fingerprints” into your WordPress post feeds. The WordPress Plugins then help you check the web for evidence that your blog’s content may be illegally used.
You can read more about how these splog-stopping WordPress Plugins work in my reviews on AntiLeech Splog Stopper: Fighting Back Against Content Thieves and Digital Fingerprints Help Track Blog Content Theft.
How Are You Fighting The Evil Doers of the Web?
Are you using any evil fighting WordPress Plugins I haven’t mentioned? Are you using any of these to help protect your readers and your content from the evil out there?
If we all work together, we can put an end to the slimy evil-doers on the web. Thanks for being on the team!
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- The Bitacle Battle of Blogs
- Finding Stolen Content and Copyright Infringements
- How To Spot a Splog
- Splogs – The Dark Side of Blogging
- Comments on Comment Spam
- Do You Care Enough To Keep Your Blog Comment Spam Free?
- Editing Your Blog Comments
- How NOT to Comment on Comments
- You Must Be Logged In To Comment
- Mean Spirited Comments and Blogging
- What are Feeds?
- Stop Content Theft Buttons and Badges
- I’m Winning the Battle Against Comment Spam
- Applaud Those Who Warn You: Your Blog’s Content Is Being Stolen
- Copyrights and the Blogger: Protect What is Yours
- The Growing Trends in Content Theft: Image Theft, Feed Scraping, and Website Hijacking
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