They are gone, they are really gone!
Some days a go I started a draft with this words:
To say I am furious is putting it mildly, I am steaming, boiling, fiery furious! Yesterday evening I did a bit of research to find out in how many dofollow lists / directories etc this blog shows up. The result was rather frightening! But what really got my blood pressure up to life-threatening heights were comments like the one below:
“Thank you for list! I am going to send this list to immediately to my outsourced comm net spammer in [country removed]!”
I swear, at this moment I was really one millimeter from setting this blog back to nofollow or even worse to not allow links in comments at all. But that wouldn’t be fair to those who actually read my blog posts and leave valuable comments! My readers 😉 So, I looked for ways to get rid off the spammers, without punishing my regular readers and this is what I came up with:
First I researched where my spammers come from. A quick look in my Google Analytic stats revealed that a lot of people found this blog by searching for the default text that comes with the keyword luy plugin. Eureka! First measure found: Change default text of keyword luv plugin, so that spammers can’t search for it! That got rid of the human spammers that look for dofollow blogs only for the sake of getting a backlink.
Next problems, bots:
Best way to stop bots is to add a captcha to the comment form, unfortunately it is also the best way to annoy your normal commenters. So I searched a bit around and played with different solutions and finally settled with ImHuman http://www.elxsy.com/imhuman/ It requires you to select images that have something in common, is easy and fast to use and more fun that trying to decipher a letter / number code.
This two simple measures together reduced my blog spam to close to 0. Yep, from 100+comments that came in over night I am down to perhaps 10 and most of them are real comments! The amount of time I save each day is considerable.
So, what do you think, especially of the captcha code? Do you find the new captcha plugin annoying? Can you, my regular reader and cherished commenter live with it?
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