All bloggers hate comment spam.
We even hate it more when it comes from fellow bloggers (I mean, what kind of dog eat dog world do we live in?).
I logged into my account this morning and was delighted to see that I had 37 pending comments.
Whew, I thought excitedly, now that’s fast!
I knew some of those comments would be spam, but I was hoping a good percentage would be legitimate comments.
Poor me! (2 real comments, 35 spams).
Flash Back: 2 Months Earlier
A couple of months back, I noticed Akismet was wielding an unhealthy appetite and eating my legitimate comments.
More than five readers complained that their comments seemed to be falling into black holes.
That got me worried.
As a new blogger, getting comments on my blog posts was a priority and anything that affected the steady flow of comments was considered an enemy. So following the recommendations of some of my blogger friends (Adrienne, Chadrack and Erik) and the epic post by Ana Hoffman Why I Will Never Comment On Your Blog, it was a done deal.
I made the switch.
For a while the going was good and I was praying and swearing by the name of Andy Bailey, the creator of the G.A.S.P. plugin, notable bad-boy of anti WordPress comment spam plugins .
I was getting just a couple of spam posts a day while all my legitimate comments were intact.
What more could I ask for?
I had dealt WordPress comment spam a deathly blow – or so I thought…
Fast forward 65 days
Definitely not! This plugin served me well for the better part of two months. Thanks buddies, you saved me a lot of troubles there, but permit me to be Oliver Twist – is there something new you are not telling me :)?
Maybe comment spammers had a bad boys retreat where the “Andy Bailey Code” was broken.
Are spammers so excited over their new-found hack that they want to kill me with an overdose of love within one day?
Check out some awesome comment spam examples. Hopefully, you may find something that appeals to your darker side ;)!
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On a More Serious Note
How are you handling spam?
Was a new memo sent out that did not land on my desk?
If there is a new trick I am yet to know of, be generous and share…
ASIDE: Can someone tell Andy Bailey that they bad boys seem to be winning?
I believe G.A.S.P. is an awesome plugin, but us good guys need to step up our game.