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Spam: Stupid Pointless Annoying Messages in Emails, Comments, and Everywhere

No Colour Hat SEO Blog’s article, “Email, Spam, and Unsolicited Junk” is part of a series of an indepth look at spam email and comment spam, and other unsolicited junk that plagues us on the Internet and in our lives. SPAM stands for Stupid Pointless Annoying Messages and sometime referred to the meaning of an […]

Comment Spammers Getting Smarter – But Not Smart Enough

I don’t know if you have been noticing any changes in the comment spam caught on WordPress.com blogs by Akismet recently, so I thought I’d bring it to your attention since this blog is getting hammered by comment spammers, with few getting through, thank goodness. Here are a few examples of some recent comment spam […]

Comment Spam Fighter Spam Karma 2.1 Released

For those who have followed my exploits battling comment spam over the past year, and have employed the same thorough techniques to save your site from horrid comment spammers, you will be excited to know that there is a new release of Spam Karma 2. As a reminder, these are the tools used on my […]

Americans Spend 40% of Their Time Online Deleting Spam

According to a new report by Mcafee called “Americans and Spam Survey” reports that Americans spend at least 40% of their time online deleting spam from their email inboxes. According to the Americans surveyed, email spam is the No. 1 technology time waster (49%) by wide margins over other tech annoyances including automated voice response […]

Mystery Solved: Introducing Akismet Comment Spam Protection

The mystery of the API numbers in your wordpress.com Administration Profile panel has now been revealed. It is part of a new benefit package for wordpress.com users. Not only will you get a free blog on wordpress.com, but the future looks like it will also give you other goodies for being a part of the […]

Comment Spam and Viral Marketing – BBS Weblog Watch

BBC’s Weblog Watch’s Bang blast takes a poke at advertising on blogs, specifically targeted advertising through coments, aka comment spam and Viral Marketing. Now imagine writing an entry about making contact with a parent after three decades of silence. And now imagine finding someone had slapped an advert for bleach on it. One which made […]

Katrina Comment Spam Assaults Blogs

WordPress does an amazing job battling comment spam, reinforced with a couple powerful comment spam fighting WordPress Plugins if you need them. But the comment spammers are always looking for an angle to get in and make your life miserable. Katrina based comment spam is now hitting blogs around the world. The problem is compounded […]

What is Comment Spam?

Comment spam is a fact of life for blogs and sites with an open door policy for comments and interaction. Comment spam arrives on your website in two main ways. Occasionally by hand posting of time-wasting idiots who post nonsense for fun or try to get links to their site by posting links to their […]

Website Hammered by Hotlinking, Spammers, and Free Loaders?

My main site recently was hammered by Hotlinking, Spammers, and Free Loaders. This can happen to any website, so we all need to learn how to keep an eye on potential abuse of our sites. Hotlinking Images Hotlinking is the technique of linking to images on your site for use offsite. That’s the simple description. […]

Bye-Bye Facebook: Changes in the World of Social Media

Copyblogger is saying good-bye to its Facebook page and account. According to Erika Napoletano, brought in by Brian Clark to clean up and reengerize their Facebook page: See, Copyblogger’s main focus is serving its audience. And if that audience wasn’t engaging on Facebook, then there was no real reason for us to pour energy into […]

Research on the WordPress, Web Development, and Web Design Job Market

In 2012 and 2013, I did extensive research for the grant program to develop and rewrite the Web Developer degree program at Clark College. This research included an analysis of current and future job opportunities for students graduating with that degree with a solid understanding of WordPress. Now that the program has completed its first […]

What Does WordPress, iThemes, Goodwill, Home Depot, and Target Have in Common? Your Identity and Security.

We received a new credit card in the mail today to replace our old one AGAIN. An “unsuccessful attempt” to access our secure security data happened and this is a precaution the bank is taking to protect us. I have no other information so I’m left wondering. Yesterday I received an email supposedly from Home […]

Find, Search, Replace, and Delete in the WordPress Database

The following was originally published on WordCast and authored by Lorelle VanFossen. It is reprinted here as a reference guide. You’ve moved your WordPress installation from one server to another. You’ve changed domain names. You’ve moved images around on your server and now they don’t load. You’ve changed your WordPress installation and now images show […]

Speed Blogging Tips and Techniques

The following are the workshop notes for my popular workshop on “Speed Blogging.” The workshop is designed to teach how to take charge of your website and keep the content flowing with enthusiasm over the long term by learning the shortcuts, tips, and techniques to speed up the process of blogging, allowing your blog to […]

Your Blog is Your Business Card

The following are the notes for my popular workshop “Your Blog is Your Business Card”. The premise is that today’s business card can’t hold all the contact information necessary to connect adequately with potential clients, but the blog can. It is the holder of your contact information and online identity. The workshop covers the philosophy […]

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