1.23.2006

Stop WordPress Comment Spam

Comments spam for bloggers is like any celebrities political comments during the Academy Awards (insert whatever award show you like here). They take away from the full enjoyment of the show, distract you from the content, annoy you with the inane and stupid comments, and steals all of the power from the event. Comments spam does all of that, most of all stealing the power from your blog. In fact comment spam left unchecked can get your site banned from Google. Software like blogger.com does some things to help like putting "nofollows" on comment links, e-mailing you when you get a comment and the captcha check (captcha is the annoying little picture with letters in it that you have to enter into a box to continue. See picture to the right.) The problem with these is that spammers have moved away from automated spamming to paying people to spam you which means that captcha lets it go sailing on through and then you have to check you email. If you have a big blog checking your mail 3 or 4 times a day can be a royal pain, especially if you get spammed quite a bit. Last I hate nofollows on blogs. They truly break up the conversation that blogs support. I want Google to see that Jim Westergrens has commented on my blog and he has a great site too. It also makes my site more relevant by providing a link to a relevant place.

WordPress of course is not immune to this. That's why today I am doing a review of my absolute favorite comment spam killer called "Spam Karma". This is the best spam program for blogs that I have ever used. The premise is that each comment has a "Karma". This karma is affected by a number of variables such as URL's in the comment, number of comments recently, and if it comes from a black listed IP address to name a few. The beauty of this is that it works really, really, really well. I have had a total of 1 comment spam out of over a thousand get through on WordPress after installing the Spam karma plug-in. The one that got through got moderated very easily and added to the blacklist in seconds. The oriental antique place out of Vietnam won't get a link out of me that easy.

The best part of this spam assasinator is that if your copy blacklists an IP address it is sent to a database, which in turn tells everyone's Spam Karma that the IP address is bad. This means that you not only get the benefit of your own program but everyone else. Its kind of like shared processing, you get the benefit of others computers and experience.

Getting rid of comment spam will help you with SEO on your blog also. Not having it there means less non-relevant links away from blog, more PR kept in your blog, and more time for you to concentrate on making those keywords, descriptions, and posts to help your blog along.

Again, according to Matt Cutts you can use nofollows (or link condoms as they are known in the SEO world) that don't really work. You can try captcha which is annoying and ever so not foolproof. You can get an email with every comments. Or you can install Spam Karma and be done with comment spam (for the most part).

Next WordPress post is on getting rid of those Ugly (myblog.com/?p123=etc) and making them much more search engine friendly. (Trust me it helps). Oh and if you want a question answered please feel free to post a comments and I will get around to answering you as quickly as possible.

15 Comments:

At 8:25 PM, Anonymous Dan said...

Thought you might be interested that Dave has posted some recently updated information regarding spam karma 2, it's current status and a new breed of spammers that seem to be slipping through the SK2 defense shield. See it here: http://unknowngenius.com/blog/archives/2006/01/30/the-state-of-spam-karma/

 
At 10:32 PM, Anonymous Amos Wong said...

Haven't really used spam karma but Wordpress 2 comes with Akismet. Using this spam control is very simple and effective. Just plonk in your Wordpress API key and you're set to face comment spams.

 
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