I was so embarrassed that this person had left a comment and saw that as the last comment. I’m so fussy about monitoring for comment spam, how did that slip through?
I checked the date and realized that this comment came during a time when I had dozens of comments on a suddenly popular post, and I was both sick and traveling. The time between logging meant a lot of comments and comment spam to sift through, thus, I must have missed this one.
It was time to do a little checking to see what other comment spam might have slipped through.
How to Check For Comment Spam That Slips Past
On WordPress, your Comments panel has a search feature. Luckily, comment spammers tend to use the same words over and over again, so it was easy to do a little comment spam housekeeping by typing in those words. A few of these include:
- like your site
- p0rn (with a zero/zed)
- thank you (yeah, it will turn up tons, but some of those might be spam)
Other than “thanks” and “nice”, what are the odds that most of these words will be commonly found in your comments? Not likely.
By typing these words and phrases into my comments search, I found that 26 comment spams had slipped through. Not bad for about 1500 blog posts in two years and thousands of comments!
Every few months take a few moments and search through your Comments panel to find out if any of these nasties have managed to slip by. It will save you from embarrassing yourself with your commenters by keeping a clean house.
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Copyright Lorelle VanFossen, member of the 9Rules Network, and author of Blogging Tips, What Bloggers Won't Tell You About Blogging.