Like most bloggers, I have protection in place to try and combat spammers who go to extraordinary lengths to post comments with the most insidious links. Unfortunately, even with three layers of protection in place, they can still get through.
It is a daily routine for me to check comments on my blog for these Internet low life, and almost every day I have to delete a comment or two that has slipped through my layers of protection. However, the protection I do have in place works reasonably well. Before writing this post, I checked my spam comment statistics. Just in the last three months, 22,104 spam comments were caught and deleted.
Just today there were nearly three hundred detected, and I deleted three myself. So it’s a sad fact of life that if you have a blog, you need to take precautions against these spammers who endeavor to peddle not just their nuisance material and pest marketing, but illegal material as well.
Luckily, those who use Google’s Blogger as a platform are reasonably well protected, but should still keep a careful eye on their comments. If you have a WordPress blog though, precautions really have to be taken.
Akismet is the most widely used protection for WordPress blogs, but there are many other suppliers of plugins that serve a similar purpose. The use of Captcha is another tool that is near essential in combatting comment spammers. Another good practice is opt-in confirmation by email.
While most will advise closing comments on blog posts after a a few weeks weeks, which is very efficiently in stopping spammers, I enjoy the interaction and have avoided doing so. But alas, I have had to change my open door policy and now close comments after 35 days.
Spammers have been a part of the Internet since day one so there is no way of escaping them completely. Even with the best protection, some will get through as they really are cunning and continue to find ways to circumvent the best security. If you have a WordPress blog, there is some good advice on combatting spammers on the WordPress Codex.