June 3, 2008


Maybe I should be happy with this, because it must mean I get more visits to my blog, but just of late I have been getting a ton of spam posts. A couple of hundred a day.  This is all pretty new to me to be honest, and I really don’t have much of an idea about how to handle it.

I know there are some spam blockers out there for WordPress based sites, but it looks like a lot give false negatives. I don’t want someone’s hard written comment to get labeled as spam, and I miss it.. nor do I want to have to troll through a spam folder to make sure there isn’t anything that it might have screwed up..

It looks like most spam I get is on older posts.. I was wondering if there was just a way to turn off commenting on older posts – no one seems to comment on stuff more than two weeks old anyhow.

I would love to hear from people about how they deal with the rediculous amount of blog based spam, yet still manage to process the genuine comments effectively. Either comment to this post, or email me at matt(at)mattikaarts(dot)com

Thanks everyone for making this blog a complete giggle to write!

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  • Allison June 3, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    I use WordPress, and Akismet is a godsend. On occasion someone’s comment will get caught in there, but 99% of the time it just catches spam. Very little spam gets through.

    Usually, if someone does get caught in spam, they will either leave another comment or send an email to let me know that their comment didn’t get through.

    I know there is a way to turn off commenting, but unfortunately I don’t know how. I prefer leave my old posts open, because I still get a lot of genuine comments on them.

    I hope this helps!

  • Layla June 4, 2008 at 1:30 am

    I also use WordPress and find Akismet very useful. To turn off commenting on specific posts you can go into Edit for each specific post and on the right side bar (under Discussion) you can select if comments and pings are allowed. Also, on the main dashboard you can go to Options, then Discussions and modify settings for comments.

  • Brittany June 4, 2008 at 1:38 am

    I love Monty Python. Graham Chapman is my favorite, and by far the most underrated of the gang.

    I can’t say for sure what I’m doing, but I rarely get spam (it’s a good thing “I DON’T LIKE SPAM!!).
    Chalk it up to having a popular blog ; )

  • dp June 4, 2008 at 2:22 am

    I have no real technical knowledge on the matter, but I remember my husband trying to explain this to me (several times!). I think it might have something to do with having a clickable email or something the robots can send spam to. I think that’s why people will write out their entire email, like mattwright(at)somewhere(dot)com in their posts or in their side bar, so the robots can’t search it. I noticed that your name is clickable. Anyhow, I could just be talking jibberish…???

    And I can’t remember if wordpress has an annoying security step like blogger or typepad does?? If so, you may want to activate it.

  • dp June 4, 2008 at 2:23 am

    No, your comments don’t have a security step.

  • matt wright June 4, 2008 at 2:41 am

    Thanks guys!
    I think the email thing is to stop email spam, not to stop blog post spam. I am going to try Akismet I think.. I heard of another one that was meant to be better than Akismet, but I guess you have to teach it a bunch before it gets decent at not ditching everyones comments.

    Brittany – you now just got EVEN cooler. I didn’t think that was possible!

  • mattwright June 4, 2008 at 3:50 am

    OK – I have just enabled Akismet – fingers crossed!

  • Elan Ruskin June 4, 2008 at 6:50 am

    Like most WordPress users, I use Akismet myself, and it’s great. But if it doesn’t work out for you, the best alternative right now seems to be TypePad Antispam.

  • Helen June 5, 2008 at 10:25 am

    Ah, the curse of the spamming. It drives me crazy too. It’s amazing how much it increases once your blog starts getting more popular isn’t it? I also use Akismet but if you do find that alternative that is supposed to be better, please let me know.

    You have a beautiful blog by the way, fantastic photos. I am also a seasonal blogger so we have the same approach to food which is fab.

  • kellypea June 9, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    I have a self-hosted wordpress blog (in addition to my food site which is not wordpress) and Askimet does a fabulous job! It’s easy to skim through the spam it collects, check the ones I want to save, then delete the rest. Rarely does one get through. Good luck!

  • White On Rice Couple June 15, 2008 at 2:30 am

    Oh good, someone suggested the Akisme. Occasionally, check your Akisme because some good comments will fall in there as spam. We will check it about once a week and will often find a legit comment there.