A drop in spam…

When I started (actively) blogging in late 2003 (or was that early 2004?) I didn’t have too much issue with spam, however as my sites became older and gained traffic I also experienced an increase in spam.

I-hate-spamFast forward to the present and the amount of spam I get is ridiculous. Easily over 800+ spammers daily! I’ve written about my dislike of spam before.

Even though the spam rarely makes it’s way on my site, I still find it annoying to see it in my admin panel!

There are many tools available to combat spam and over the years, I’ve tried many.

Earlier today, I did some behind the scenes maintenance to help me combat spam. I renamed my comments.php file and included a few additional rules in my .htaccess file.

Since trackback and pingbacks are the #1 way I receive spam comments, I also installed the  WordPress plugin WP-BlackCheck.  Even though it’s only been a few hours, I’ve noticed a decrease in the amount of spam I see in my admin panel. The developer is Stargazer, check them out at their site. I’ll keep an eye on the Plugin, but thus far I’m thrilled to see hardly spam in my comments queue.

Are you having issues with my plugins? I’ve logged out and sent some test comments and everything appears to be working properly. But if you run into any issues, send me a note and let me know if you’re experiencing any problems.

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Hiya! TWO blog posts for me today, too! 🙂
Just posted a SOUP!!!!

Yeah…Spam is getting out of hand! Just heard on the Radio about the crack-down on text message spam – Approx 29 companies are getting hit!!! GOOD!!! I’m glad! They should be HIT!
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I’m not sure what the content of the text messages are most times I have gotten a few randoms but I just delete them…Yes…only to mobile devices! Isn’t that NUTS!? I kind of expect it online these days but now phone/text messages…Grrrr!
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Hahaha, that picture is hilarious!!!!! I can’t believe they think anyone is interested in those links?! Or apparently people do click on them since the crap doesn’t stop!
Your amount of spam is extreme. I used to have maybe 40 a day at most, apart from certain days when the spammers were more active. Now I don’t get any at all, since I installed the anti spambot plugin.
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I get quite a bit of spam too but I just delete them. I think they will be deleted automatically if you just leave them there…but I’m a stickler when it comes to such things. Simply have to clear away all unwanted stuff – can’t stand them lurking around somewhere.
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I haven’t had a big problem with trackback spam in a while, and usually don’t get more than 30 comment spams a day. I also have no more than 10 real readers too. lol 🙂
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