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This is How I Stopped Receiving Spam in my Comments

I have received a lot of spam in my comments lately, and especially during the past month. I have been spending too much time going through everything, and I have been thinking about switching to a different commenting system, just to stop all the spam. There are many reasons why I didn’t want to make the switch. You can read some of them in the post I wrote a few days ago; Spam and WordPress – I need your help – be sure to read the comments.

The Feedback

I received a lot of feedback on my blog post, and it seems that comment spam is a universal problem. I decided to stay with the default commenting system, and I decided to fight the spam issue instead.

One of the reasons that I didn’t want to make the switch, is that I am using CommentLuv Premium. It’s one of my absolute favorite plugins. It has a lot of feature, and it has GASP, an anti-spam plugin, integrated. I realized that instead of installing a new plugin, I had to take a closer look at the settings first.

I didn’t spend more than five minutes, when I realized that I could do something to prevent spam from appearing.

The solution

The first thing I did, was to activate referer check, and use the advanced check. And, then I added the part where it sends the user an email (it warns the user) if I am receiving a suspicious comment, instead of adding it to the list of pending comments.

GASP settings 1

The next thing I did, was to activate validation of the IP addresses that are sending comments to my blog.

GASP settings 2

That was it.

Now, more than 48 hours later, I have only received one spam comment. I have no idea if this will keep the spam from arriving in the future, but this seems to be working for now.

If I’ll receive more spam, I’ll most likely close the comments on posts older than 90 days, and I’ll be banning the IP addresses of spammers on my server.



13 responses to “This is How I Stopped Receiving Spam in my Comments”

  1. Ryan Biddulph says:

    Hi Jens,
    Really good to see buddy. I need to get into my backoffice and make some edits methinks 😉
    Thanks,
    Ryan

  2. Jeevan Jacob John says:

    Good to know that you found a solution, Jens 🙂

    Commentluv premium is awesome, isn’t it?

    I made the mistake of not buying it earlier. I surely won’t repeat that this time 😉 I have heard that Andy is bringing in new features 😀

    How is the short story writing going?

    • Hi Jeevan,

      Yes, CL Premium is awesome. I have no idea what Andy is working on, but I know that when he releases a new version, it’s going to be awesome.

      The story is going great. I’m writing every day, but I am not writing a lot. I have no idea when I’ll finish writing it, but hopefully during November.

  3. Sonia says:

    Hi Jens, I had a problem where people couldn’t even leave me a comment at all and it turned out it was a problem with the “referrer checked box”. Andy Bailey told me to uncheck the box, uninstall W3 Total Cache and save it. Once I did that it worked again because everyone was being told they were spambots before.

    Scared the crap out of me because I couldn’t figure out how fix it. I reinstalled W3 Total Cache, dumped out my cache and it all came back. I rechecked the box with your suggestions and no problem. It was crazy. Thanks Jens, I mentioned your post about this in my latest post today!

    • Hi Sonia.

      It’s great that everything is ok. I have struggled a lot with my blog(s) over the years, but I have never experienced your error. W3 Total Cache is awesome, but it can really mess things up as well 🙂

      Thank you so much for mentioning me in your post. I’ll be over soon.

      – Jens

  4. Mark Ford says:

    Hi Jens

    Comment spam was the reason I disabled comments completely from my blog. I didn’t have the time to trawl through the utter rubbish that was being left.

    I’m a wordpress.com user so unfortunately I’m unable to utilise the plugin and settings you have implemented.

    Not sure if WordPress.com has something similar?

    • Hi Mark,

      I understand why you’ve disabled your comments, if spam was the problem. I was going “crazy” with all the spam I received, and at one time, I had no idea what I was going to do about it. It took up way too much of my time, and didn’t get enough work done. It was hard.

      I am not sure if WordPress.com has something similar. But, from what I’ve read in my comments, it seems that you can use Akismet and that it will do the job for you.

  5. Adrienne says:

    Okay Jens, so I went into CommentLuv to check those settings and mine are already like that which is probably another reason I had told you I just don’t get a heck of a lot of spam.

    I set that up what, two years ago when CommentLuv Premium came on the scene so I just didn’t think about that at all. Totally slipped my mind so I’m sorry that I didn’t share that with you either.

    I know that as Sonia stated she had an issue with that setting but I don’t have a caching plugin so my readers have never received that kind of message.

    I’m so glad you got this resolved and I’m so glad you stuck with your present commenting system. Are you using the Anti Backlink plugin that Andy just released too? That will help even more, trust me.

    So glad you found a solution and thanks so much for sharing this with us. You jolted my memory!

    ~Adrienne

    • Hi Adrienne,

      I don’t think I did hardly anything to the settings when I first installed CommentLuv Premium. I just installed it and I was really happy just to get my hands on it. And, at the time, I didn’t have any problem with spam at all.

      I have downloaded the anti backlink plugin, and I will install it right now. Thanks a lot for reminding me.

  6. Alex says:

    Great share Jens, really enjoyed the read 🙂

  7. Sergio Felix says:

    Hey Jens,

    I’m actually going to try this since spam is starting to get a little bit out of control even with CommentLuv Premium enabled.

    Will check my settings and use your advice.

    I had to close comments on a few posts because the spam bots were driving me insane.

    Sergio

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