Recognizing Spam

WordPress, being as popular as it is, has a downside: It collects a lot of spammers. Spam comes in the form of comments to your blog. Spammers hope you’ll approve their comments because spammers leave their Web address in the comment giving their Web site more traffic.

There are four things you can do:

1. Install appropriate plugins that will eliminate most of the spam. In your Bethel Blogs you can activate a plugin called Akismet. Simply by activating this plugin most of the spam will never reach you.

2. Turn off pingbacks and trackbacks. You can do this by going to your dashboard, scrolling down to Settings >Discussions and then unchecking the second box (“Allow notification from other blogs”).

3. Although you want legitimate comments, if you create a post where you don’t want comments, be sure to turn off comments for that particular posting. You can do this by scrolling to the bottom of your post in the edit mode and unchecking “Allow Comments”.

4. And finally, recognize spam when you see it. If you don’t recognize the name of the person commenting and the email address isn’t familiar, it is likely spam. The most telling sign is spammers try to make it sound like they read your blog, when in reality it is likely an Internet robot madly posting all over the place. The comments are generic and often sound like this:

“Thanks for taking the time to post this.”
“Dear admin, thnx for sharing this blog post. I found it wonderful. Best regards, Victoria…”

At first you might feel flattered that someone is reading your post. Once you’ve seen a few of the spam comments, you’ll be able to delete them (or better yet), mark them as spam as you delete them. I wait until I have a few and then go in and delete them as a group.

If you have questions or comments about this post, add a comment unless, of course, you’re a robot in which case I hope your joints rust.

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