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March 2, 2011

Spam in WordPress Comments

This blog is only a few weeks old, and I’ve managed to attract 12 comment spam attempts. 86% of the comments so far have been spam. When I was initially configuring WordPress I selected moderated comments, so I’ve had to review each one manually. Most spams are of the variety that attempt to fool the blog owner into thinking it’s a real comment. “That was interesting. I’ll have to think about it a little more.” I suppose these are all automated.

I’ve briefly looked into spam filter plugins.  I was about to enable Akismet when I learned it is a pay service.  I can’t justify paying for spam filtering on a new blog with few comments.  If anyone has any plugin recommendations, please share in the comments.  I promise to approve all legitimate responses! 🙂

UPDATE: I’m up to 92% spam comments now.  I guess the bots are starting to discover this blog.

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