This WordPress Tip is one about working with WordPress and Spam comments.
This tip also highlights where as a Blog Administrator you should look.
WordPress And Spam
WordPress has a built-in comment spam filter. The “Akismet Stats” menu option on the Administration Dashboard will open a page which shows the statistics from the operation of the Akismet Comment span filter. A brief description of the Akismet Spam Comment filtering is contained on the WordPress support page: “Unwanted Comments and Comment Spam”.
There are some features of the setup of Akismet on WordPress which are worth commenting on:
- Firstly, it appears to work quite well. When I as blogging on Windows Live Spaces I did get some Comment Spam (100 links to batteries, or 100 links to sports shoes, being the ones which come to mind). The filtering here seems to be effective at stopping that sort of “junk mail” dead in it’s tracks.
- Secondly, like any filtering processes there is a “grey area” area in the process where it cannot definitively decide between the “good comments” and the “spam comments”. This “grey area” between good and spam are the potentially spam comments which are made on you blog. These end up in the “Manage Comments” section, spam category of your blogs Dashboard.
The “interesting” feature of the potentially spam comments is that they “silently” land in this part of the blogs management structure. They do not generate any notifications, unlike “good comments” which will prompt (generate an email notification of their arrival) to be moderated. If there is a way to be notified of the arrival of potentially spam comments, I am yet to find it.
How To Find Your Potentially Spam Comments
- From the “My Blog” element on the on the “control bar” in the “Administration of My Blog” of your WordPress (when you are logged in to WordPress). Select the “Manage Comments” option. I usually “right click” in Internet Explorer and open it in a new tab.
- The will open the manage comments page, and your potentially spam comments will be in the “Spam (x)” part of the screen.
- Clicking on the “Spam (x)” (when x ≠ 0) will show the potentially spam comments which have been made. There some context menus under each of the messages which allow you to “free it”, or “delete it permanently.
Previous WordPress Tips
- WordPress Blog Spam Solution That Works (growmap.com)
- What’s more annoying, moderated comments or a ton of comment spam? (holtz.com)
- How to Stop Spam Comments Automatically (freesocialmediahelp.com)
- Combat Spam with the Akismet Plugin for WordPress (spunkyjones.com)