I’ve had my little battles with blog spam in the past. I’ve gone so far as to deactivate comments and pings on post over 30 days old (that actually helped a lot)….then I added a plug in called Akismet which helped some more….then I saw a few weeks ago that Matt Cutts had added a plug in that asked a simple math question that people had to answer in order to post comments, so I had my blog designer add that plugin, and wow – yea, spammers can’t add (or at least this stops the auto post programs).
This plug in is called "Math Comment Spam Protection" and I love it.
The only thing I miss is viewing all the hot prescription drugs I should be marketing, or latest products that could make me $….and the subdomains that might be working good – if only I had time to be more black hat this knowledge would be a good help.
This is my first post in your blog Jim, but I’ve read it since a few months ago. I have a design and marketing company in Monterrey, Mexico. It seems is a nice plugin, I will get it for my blog.
I’ve been using Akismet; I’m more or less satisfied with it. I did have one reader e-mail me about getting a posting error. Unfortunately this math plug-in would be real easy for a spammer with a little programming knowledge to defeat.
In the blackhat forums I read — yes, read 🙂 I can’t program for shit — these guys are talking about how to automatically decode CAPTCHA images. A math problem displayed in text would be no problem!
I can’t add or spell. It’s true! 🙂
Akismet didn’t do the trick for you? I installed it a couple of weeks ago, and have been spam-free since.
Akismet works ok…but there’s still some real comments that it flags as spam….this means that I still have to review the Akismet blog post…so yea, they don’t go live, but I’ve still got to weed through them (about 80 per day)….until I added the new math plug in…now I get about 3 spam in the Akismet folder….beats weeding through 80 spam and then pulling out the 1 real comment.
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