Where Has All The Spam Gone?

Spam is a blight on blogs. I like to think of spammers as vultures or seagulls hovering above the blogs looking for a tasty morsel that they can descend on and devour. In our case those tasty morsels are dofollow blogs as well as those using CommentLuv and KeyWordLuv. If you’re one of those bloggers who are being inundated with spam you should read on because you’re going to find this post really interesting.

It’s because spam has always been a pain is the ass that I’m always on the lookout to find stuff that will help me to control it. Heck, you ask almost any blogger and they’ll tell you how monitoring and deleting spam will take up a good portion of their blogging time.

In Search Of The Spam Busters

Akismet would have to be the first ever plugin I used to combat spamming and it is so good I have it in my spam busting arsenal. Unfortunately as good as it is, it’s not quite enough. That’s when I installed GASP, to put a stop to all the Robot Spam. And yet it still wasn’t enough and it’s one of the reasons I put my hand into my cyberspace pocket, i.e. PayPal to purchase CommentLuv Premium which had an updated, more powerful version of GASP installed

Enter ComentLuv Premium Spam Buster

It’s because spammers are always on the lookout to circumvent whatever plugin you’re using that we have to thank people like Andy who are keeping track of their shenanigans by updating their plugins, speaking of which you should see what Andy has done to make CommentLuv Premium even better.

  • Minimum amount of keyups on comment?: Let’s face it, spammers know that you’re not going to accept those “Great post” type comments anymore and so now preparing their comments before hand so they can copy and paste them directly into your comment form. I’m sure you’ve seen similar comments posted those blogs you’ve been reading? Well, the new updates have nipped that in the bud!
  • Banned search terms: The updated version of CommentLuv Premium now lets you nominate those search terms that you want to ban so that users get notified before entering your blog that you will not tolerate crappy spammy comments

Just watch the video to see how it works.

Did you notice the clickable banner on the top left of the video? How about the cover image I used? Notice how it’s the same image I used in the post.  The cover image is a great way to promote your brand or to overcome the random image that YouTube’s uses when displaying your video. Well, rather than going into all that here why don’t you read my Review Of Easy Video Press!

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Have You Been Getting Warnings From Avast?

Hey guys, just a quick note regarding those of you who are using Avast as your virus protection. Apparently some of you are getting warnings from Avast saying that this blog is compromised by some malaware or something. Specifically it points to a particular script that points to one of my websites. I might add that the offender is a very simple script and it definitely doesn’t have any malaware associated with it.

Still, why would you take my word for it, especially if you’ve come here out of the blue and don’t know who the hell I am. That being the case I thought it best to reveal the offending script Just to prove to you that it can’t possibly be infected with anything that could be setting off Avast’s alarm, so without further ado I want to show you the script that’s causing Avast to blow a fuse.

<a href=”http://coolbloglinks.com/”><img src=”http://coolbloglinks.com/button.php?u=Sire” alt=”Cool Blog Links” border=”0″ /></a>

As you can see the first part of the script merely points to my Cool Blog Links site, one that you may like to join :thumbup_tb: Oh, that’s right you probably won’t want to do that because it requires you to install the above code on your blog that will turn Avast users against you. :annoyed_tb:

The second part of the code merely displays the following small icon Cool Blog Linksby which you can see this blog currently ranks in the top 3. I moved up one because Mitch pulled out when he also got notified of the same warning by other Avast users. Anyway, as you can see there is nothing in that code that could be hiding anything harmful by which I can only assume that Avast has got it wrong when it comes to this site.

Just to be sure I checked Google’s WebMaster tools which showed this blog is free from Malware and thanks to Kimberly of Just Ask Kim I also used Sucuri SiteCheck and as you can see from the following photo it came up clean.

Scanned Site With Sucuri SiteCheck

Sucuri SiteCheck

It then came to me that perhaps Avast was clairvoyant and it had a preconceived notion that my Cool Blogs Links site was infected so I scanned that site as well.

Site Scan using Sucuri

So, what does that tell you except that Avast has got it wrong!

Speaking about programs that seem not to be working as well as they should, has anyone found that the GASP plugin seems to be letting more spam through than usual Lucky for me Akismet gets the ones GASP lets slip through but I know you don’t all use Akismet. There are some days where it picks up over thirty spam comments and that could be a pain if you had to delete them manually.

Keeping the above in mind here’s a list of the best web application firewalls  (WAFs) that can help protect a website from hacks and external attacks.

 
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To Moderate Or Not To Moderate, That Is The Question

As far as I’m concerned the answer is obvious, there is absolutely no reason today for anyone to moderate their comments. Sure, once long ago it was necessary because there was no real way to combat all the spam that was out there. That’s not the case today because there are plugins that will deal with just about everything that the spammers, those low life miscreants, will throw at you.

I actually use two plugins. The first is the GrowMap Anti-Spambot Plugin, better known as GASP! The guy that put this plugin together is the very same guy who developed commentluv, the one plugin that almost everyone loves. If you’re still using those annoying captchas I seriously suggest you switch to GASP. I was shocked at how much of  the spam I was getting was from spambots.

The other plugin I use in conjunction with GASP is Akismet as it catches all the human spammers. Using the two together frees up my time, time better spent doing other things like commenting on other blogs.Knowing all this I can’t imagine why so many bloggers waste their precious time moderating their comments. Get with it you guys, STOP MODERATING YOUR COMMENTS!

Still not satisfied? I mean it’s your blog right, and if you want to moderate them you should be allowed to? Why should you listen to me anyway, who am I to tell you how to run your blog.? Your problem is that I am not a lone voice on this matter. Just the other day I was reading one of Mitch’s post where he was talking about decluttering his online life. Mitch went so far as to say he would no longer subscribe to blogs who moderate comments!

I’m sure if I did a search I would find many more examples of people who are pissed off at their comments going into moderation. I know I am. I take a lot of pride in my comments. I take the time to read the post, to think about what I’m going to say and the the writing of the comment itself, only to find that it goes into moderation or it disappears altogether and I think to myself, ‘What the frack is that all about’?

If there was one other plugin I would say is essential if you want a successful blog it would have to be a subscribe to comment plugin. There’s a lot of them around, just pick one that only notifies the commentator when someone replies to his actual comment. This is important as some plugins send an email every time someone leaves a comment and this can be quite annoying, especially if you have a busy blog.

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