Beating the Spammers

Beating the Spammers

This is just a very quick post tonight to say that I am having to put word verification back on ‘Cupcakes and Cadenzas; in the hope that it will stop or a least reduce the number of spam comments that the blog is receiving.

Over the last few weeks I have been getting anywhere between 5 and 10 comments every day ranging from offers of payday loans to viagra to protein shakes for bodybuilders and I am starting to get a bit fed up with it. They are being caught by Blogger’s security and placed in the spam folder and I do have comment moderation on but it still annoys me. Perhaps it’s because I haven’t been posting regularly. I would be interested to find out if anyone else is having this problem too.

I don’t get this on my WordPress.org blogs but, having said that, I do pay a monthly fee to have all the spam caught, analysed and deleted if it definitely is spam. Blogger is free and they do a pretty good job of stopping the spam getting through but I would like to try and stop it altogether.

So that’s it for tonight. I apologise for having to do this as I know word verification can be frustrating at times but hopefully it will be a temporary measure.

As I said, I would be interested to find out if it’s just this blog having this problem or if it’s a problem affecting everyone. Let me know.

4 comments / Add your comment below

  1. Recently, I started getting a lot of spam… something like 75 over a three-day period. For me, it was an easy cure. (so far) I changed the parameters as to who could post a comment. Before, “anonymous” comments were okay. Not anymore. Since I changed that, I haven’y gotten any spam at all. (YAY!)I refuse to institute the word verification thingie on my blog. Too hard for me to see, and I’ve heard others say the same thing. Be forewarned, while you have that on your blog, a lot of people won’t bother to leave comments at all. Good luck with stomping out the spam devils.

  2. Hi Susan.
    I don’t know why I didn’t think of that. It’s so much easier! I know people hate word verification, me especially, but I couldn’t think of anything else at the time. I’ve now changed the parameters and taken word verification off again so thank you for the suggestion.
    Denise

  3. Once I stopped allowing anonymous comments, the spam dropped to almost nothing. And no comments without approval on posts older than four days. Might try that since so many have an aversion to WV.

  4. Hi Diane,
    I changed the settings yesterday so that anonymous comments wouldn’t be accepted and so far I haven’t had any spam so fingers crossed. I would have had four or five in that time span normally so hopefully that’s the answer.
    I can understand why people don’t like WV. Very rarely do I actually get the ‘word’ first time and sometimes it’s so difficult that I just give up.
    I like the idea of no comments without approval on older posts. I’ve only just realised that it’s always the older posts that the spammers pick up on. Thanks for that!
    Denise

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