Super Woodie – The Spam Fighter!!!

Woodie knows WordPress - Carrie Spencer Smart Ass RomanceSpam has GOT to be one of the most annoying parts of owning a WordPress site. Drives me bonkers.

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So Woodie’s here to show you how to eliminate some of that spam. Tie on that cape, tug up your tights, and lets get to work.

First, on your dashboard, go to Settings>Discussion. Under Other Comment Settings it says Automatically close comments on articles older than __ days. Check that. Set the days for whatever you want, I have mine set for 7. After that, almost any post you get on those older posts? It’s going to be spam. If you keep getting spam on your older posts, you’ll have to manually go back to each post and edit it to no longer accept comments.

Uncheck those, no more spam on those posts! Further, check Comment author must have a previously approved comment. Yes, it takes a little moderation, but in the long haul, it’s less spam and therefore less stress for you!

A few inches below that, is Comment Moderation. There’s a box there, where you can put in words you don’t want to appear on your site. Putting in Viagra is mostly fine – but, if one of your friends posts a Viagra joke – and seriously, who doesn’t know one? – it’ll end up in spam. If you blacklist the word ass – well that’s fine. Except you’re then also blocking assumption, associate and smartass (noooooo!!!!). Choose wisely, my friend.

Akismet is an awesome spam fighter. It’s automatically installed on any WP site. If you have WP.org, there’s plenty more plugins out there that will further help eliminate spam. If a spammer tries to post something with a lot of links or various “keywords”, it’ll toss ’em right in the spam folder. Be cautioned however, that if YOU are posting links in YOUR comment post on someone else’s site? You might end up in spam yourself!

There ya go my WP buddies! A little lighter in the spam folder now I’m hoping!

High Paws!



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