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When Akismet Goes Bad: What to do when Akismet starts spamming your own comments

The reason why I created Akismet Auntie Spam helper script was because I seem to have a problem few other people do — every couple of months Akismet decides that my own comments and trackbacks are spam. This is unforgivable and a fatal usability flaw in Akismet’s design. Comments and trackbacks from the blog admin should skip the spam check process. I challenge anyone who argues differently to have to deal with always having to double check if their own comments are marked as spam. The delay between posting a comment and it appearing in Akismet almost always assures that you will miss one or there will be an inordinate delay in responding to your commenters.

But enough of the ranting about my problems with Akismet. Here are two things you can do to help when Akismet is marking your own comments as spam.

How to Turn Off Snap Shots Link Preview on WordPress Blogs

Snap Preview Anywhere, known as Snap Shots, Snap Shots Integrator, mShots, and many other names, is considered by many as one of the most annoying “gimmicks” on the web, continues to be enabled by default on blogs. Many new bloggers are still “testing” this gimmick which allows a thumbnail preview or feed view of […] Tip: Get Your Own Email

No, isn’t offering email services – yet. But there is a way you can create an email address that matches your blog. If I’ve commented on your blog recently, have you noticed the email I’m using in the form? If your blog’s title or domain name hasn’t been taken by Gmail, […] Blogs Feeds Scraped

In the most recent WordPress Wednesday News on the Blog Herald, I reported on the mass copyright violations and scrapings of blogs, as reported by Letters Home to You in “Has Anyone Stolen Your Writing Lately?” and “Please Help Me Get Google to Pull Their Ads from a Blogging Thief”. There is also a […]

Two Months of Celebrating Blogging and WordPress

At the amazing WordCamp 2007 conference a couple weeks ago, I realized that I’d been staying a bit too exclusive for my personal tastes with this blog. What started out as a test site for has turned into a entity of its own. To celebrate the two year anniversary of and Lorelle on […]

Happy Birthday, turns two today. Happy Birthday! was the first to embrace WordPressMU, the multi-user version of WordPress which, a month later, powered From the beginning, James Farmer’s goal was to provide free blogs to educators, especially teachers then later students, to build an interactive community where teachers can share and communicate with other […]

Choosing WordPress: Which WordPress to Choose?

There has recently been some confusion over the issue and types of WordPress blogs. Here is a brief summary to help you understand which is which, what you can do with each, to help you choose your ideal WordPress blog system.

Blogging With Split Browser Firefox Extension

As part of my Web Browser Guide for Bloggers series on the Blog Herald, I explored a lot of new Firefox Extensions to improve my blogging skills and efficiency. In the process, I discovered the Split Browser Add-on. The Firefox Extension splits the browser’s screen into two or more parts, allowing you to view one […] Announces Strong Password Indicator

In a recent announcement, asks “How Strong is Your Password”, highlighting a new feature on your password update panel that measures the “strength” of your password. I recently wrote an article on the Blog Herald called Protect Your Blog With a Solid Password, offering tips and tricks to help create a strong password that […]

WordPress News You Need To Know

In case you missed it, every Wednesday on the Blog Herald I post a summary of the week’s WordPress news. I cover WordPress updates and security releases, troubles and praises with WordPress, WordPress Themes and Plugins news, fixes, and developments, news about, the hottest blogs and posts on, WordPress events, and other events, […]

Learning Lessons from The Planet Blog

I spotted a press release titled “The Planet Spins into the Blogosphere” and had to check it out. It is an announcement that The Planet web hosting service, claiming to host “more than 22,000 small- and medium-size businesses and 2.8 million Web sites worldwide”, has started its first corporate blog on a free blog […]

Get Your Blog Now Verified by Google’s Webmaster Tools

Since Google came out with the Google Sitemap, bloggers have had no luck verifying their blogs until now. Jalaj P. Jha has come up with “Get your Blog Google Verified”. It’s a simple method of creating a Page with the Page title as the HTML file name Google provides. Create the page […]

Naming Your Blog

Virginia DeBolt of Blogher writes in “Blogging Tips: The Importance of Title and URL” about how many bloggers, and others, make a mistake in setting the blog name and blog titles in their blogs. I’ve covered this before, but let’s look at it again. The format for blogs is When you register […]

Are You Uncategorized?

I’m seeing a lot of blogs, especially those on, with a similar syndrome. So much so, I think it’s contagious. Are you uncategorized? Are your posts uncategorized? Do you have a lot of blog posts labeled “uncategorized”, just sitting there without a category to call their own? Have you abandoned your posts? Categorizing your […]