What You Should Know About Spam

Today I want to talk to you about spam. I’ve been getting a lot more of it than usual lately, so I did some research on it.

AKISMET

Free WordPress blogs—like mine—use a service called Akismet. Askimet uses a filter that automatically detects trackbacks and spam comments. It can mark legitimate comments as spam, so check your folder at least every 15 days (as this is when the spam is deleted).



WHAT DOES A SPAM COMMENT LOOK LIKE?

Spam comments will often have multiple links in the text. However, my most popular type of spam comment appears to be innocent at first—like this:
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At first glance, this seems great. But when I dive in deeper, I notice the red flags—namely the website and the IP address. Spammers will post comments like this to get people to click on their link and to



HOW DO I CHECK FOR SPAM?

I make an effort to read through and look at every comment on my blog. When I get spam messages, I look at the name, website, comment, and IP address. Spammers will often leave multiple comments under different names from the same IP address. If I see that, I skim the messages and delete them.

If I am not sure about a comment, I will check the website to see if it looks legitimate. If the comment looks okay, but I don’t like the website, I will delete the site but leave the comment. Other than that (and possibly editing out bad words), I do not change the content of the comment.



HOW TO NOT GET MARKED AS SPAM

  • Leave a comment related to the post. General comments about the blog are better emailed to me at amy@amyerickson.net or placed on one of my pages.
  • Link to a real website, blog, or Twitter account. This way I can see if you’re a real person. Most spammers link to a pharmaceutical site or something similar.
  • Email or tweet me if you are concerned. This extra step will go a long way in proving that your comment is legitimate.

Of course, I will keep looking over my spam, so don’t worry too much.


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How many spam messages do you get on your blog? Let me know in the comments below.