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Saturday, July 30, 2011

How to Combat Spammy Commenters Using the Blog's Comment Boxes Available Features?

preventing spam comments
Ever since I learned blogging and the beauty that goes with it, and lots of learning and modifying around, I learned also that there are parties happy to take advantage of and/or abuse your blog! This can be found in many forms such as copying your content to advertising in your post with good google page rank or better link juice. I wanted commenting easy for my readers, and to do that, I put the comment to be too easy... but leaving easy commenting also attracts a lot of unwanted comments and spammy comments. I actually disabled moderation and removed the "word verification" test for comments but it was a test and the result's not so good.

Below is the video of Monty Python defining Spam... whether you like it or not, spam's there!

What I did to prevent unwanted commenters or spammy comments
is lock the possibility of having "anonymous" or even "name + url"
commenters. I know this limits the volume of commenters but it's also a
good measure and I may now auto publish the comments without
a need of moderation and word verification.

What's spamming anyway? According to wikipedia, spam says below:

There are several popular false etymologies of the word "spam". One, promulgated by early spammers Laurence Canter and Martha Siegel, is that "spamming" is what happens when one dumps a can of Spam luncheon meat into a fan blade. Some others are the backronym stupid pointless annoying messages." There was also an effort to differentiate between types of spam. That which was sent indiscriminately to any e-mail address was true spam while that which was targeted to more likely prospects.

Spam is the use of electronic messaging systems (including most broadcast media, digital delivery systems) to send unsolicited bulk messages indiscriminately. While the most widely recognized form of spam is e-mail spam, the term is applied to similar abuses in other media: instant messaging spam, Usenet newsgroup spam, Web search engine spam, spam in blogs, wiki spam, online classified ads spam, mobile phone messaging spam, Internet forum spam, junk fax transmissions, social networking spam, television advertising and file sharing network spam.
Lucky that blogger.com has the "detect spam" service but honestly, it does not detect EVERYTHING.
Spamming remains economically viable because advertisers have no operating costs beyond the management of their mailing lists, and it is difficult to hold senders accountable for their mass mailings. Because the barrier to entry is so low, spammers are numerous, and the volume of unsolicited mail has become very high. In the year 2011, the estimated figure for spam messages is around seven trillion. The costs, such as lost productivity and fraud, are borne by the public and by Internet service providers, which have been forced to add extra capacity to cope with the deluge. Spamming has been the subject of legislation in many jurisdictions.


  1. I guess that I have been dog gone lucky. Only a couple of times have I had a comment which was "spam".
    I dropped Blog Catalog due to the spamming messages I received.:(

  2. @Jean,
    Someof my blogs are also calm but I have this blog and another that are both like magnets for spams. Maybe it's the niche of the blogs.

    I never know one could get spammy comments from blogcatalog. That's news to me.

  3. I turned off word verification awhile ago and now my blogs are beginning to get spammed a lot now. Blogger's spam filters have done an excellent job of catching everything, but I'm still thinking of turning the word verification back on just to stop the aggravation of having to moderate the spam.

  4. I allow my readers to comment without moderation, but still maintain the Word Verification because I think it can protect
    my blog from spams.

    I think your blog is nice, keep
    on up dating.
    I will link your blog to mine.

  5. Hi there..well my whole comment just disappeared? Well I dislike spam (including the canned variety-lol)) I think Monty Python is a hoot! I did have some in the past- why I use the word verification. It builds up in my yahoo, but they have a pretty good filter. Too bad they can't get a life?
    Anyway, hope you had a peaceful weekend ~my best~

  6. so far i have not turn on the moderation and word verification features, partly because i want my readers to have a better and more convenient commenting experience, and i have not problem with spams too, because blogger has automatically detected spamming comments for me, and i find it rather accurate.. all i need to do now is just login to the dashboard, and scan through those categorised as spam, and just remove them.. so far so good and i'm very happy with that built-in feature :)

  7. Hello! Thank You very much for this information!

  8. @Ratty,

    I agree that blogger spam detection's working. but even with word verification, there are still manual spammers..:=(

  9. @ Multibrand, I am adding you blog to my list too. Thanks. I will visit your blog soon.

  10. Thanks a lot for the link.

    Do you have account on social media sites that I can follow? Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin etc.

  11. @Kilauea Poetry,

    That's a funny comment about the canned variety. Well, I do still eat eat, maybe once in 2 years... Not bad I think. :=)

    I think those who're into spam actually earn from it if they succeed with their goal...


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