WordPress Comment Spam: Is It Just Me or Has The Web Gone Nuts?

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

Was Adrienne, Erik and Chadrack too fast to recommend the plugin?

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.

About Yeremi Akpan

Yeremi Akpan is the founder of Pro Blogger Tips. Connect with him on Twitter, Google Plus and Facebook. You can also hire him to provide content marketing services for your business.

Comments

  1. Death to all comment spammers out there!:(

  2. Chris says:

    Hi Yeremi,
    I also see a grow in spammy comments. I think that “human” spammers are making it… But G.A.S.P (or CommentLuv Premium with it) is still better than AKISMET. And CLP has something against “human spammers” – for example you may set minimal time on site, after it you can post a comment.
    BR, Chris
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    • Yeremi Akpan says:

      Hi Chris,
      I am beginning to see the light as far as comment spam is concerned. Human spammers are increasingly becomingly dogged in their activities. When I saw the spam flooding into my inbox, I was quick to conclude that my anti-spam plugin was getting a little weak.

      With what I have heard and seen in the past few days, i am led to conclude that humans spammers are on the prowl.

      One spammer dumped his full file of spam comments in my comment box. It had more than 100 custom spam messages. This came just a couple of days after my friend Paul of One Spoon at a Time left a Triberr comment on this post that he had a similar spam message.

      I should consider Comment Luv Premium if for nothing else for the time delay before a comment can be posted (it will feel good to give them a little more work ;) ).
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  3. Robert Tyson says:

    Hi Yeremi,

    Isn’t this – at least in part – the inevitable downside of the Faustian pact bloggers enter into when they install CommentLuv?

    Personally I use two plugins at the same time (Bad Behavior, and Spam Free WordPress) – and I find that works really well for me in stopping the dafter spam like the stuff you highlight above.

    I think CommentLuv is a great idea. But, clearly, a CommentLuv-enabled blog will always be attractive for people to comment on, whether they are really adding to the conversation or not.
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  4. Bhushan says:

    Everyone not only Bloggers but also Search engine specially Google hates spamming. Commentluv is great solution for this purpose. we can take Many of advantage of this plugin.
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  5. Dave says:

    I believe there’s a little box in GASP settings that let you change part of the code if spam bots get in. You might try changing that to see if it helps!
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  6. Hi Yeremi, great list of dodgy spam comments, it looks like people are taking time to write comments that are readable, and so vague they can nearly be attached to any niche. Very clever really. I am currently using commentLuv but seriously thinking of going over to Disqus. As well as the concern of humans trying to spam your site because they get a back link I fear that Google may soon take a dislike to sites using CommentLuv in the same way they took a dislike to link farms and directories.

    I might be a bit paranoid but do you not think all these links might go against our sites in the long run?
    Andi
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    • Yeremi Akpan says:

      Andi the Minion,

      As for their context-neutral comments, I wield a big axe. If your comment makes no reference to specifics in my post, I mark it as spam.

      You do have a point there! Apart from the threat of any future penalties, all the dofollow links you find on CommentLuv enabled blogs are actually page rank leaks.

      I have also considered Disqus and LifeFyre, but I have noticed blogs running those comment systems do no get as much comments as the native WordPress comments.

      Catch 69, if you ask me…
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  7. nilesh says:

    Hello Yeremi, It is most required to just say good bye to all spam comments on your blog. But, can you tell me leaving Akismat how to make these spamers away from my comment box.

  8. Chadrack says:

    Hey bro. I couldn’t stop laughing out loud while reading your post! LOL! Frankly, i cried out about this some time ago and about 3 occasions I’ve written about these form of comment spammers.

    Yes, I did recommend G.A.S.P. because I saw in it what I have seen in any other antispam plugin. But just like you I saw a loophole in it after using it for some time. Now, what I have come to make of the whole thing is that these spammers knowing that more bloggers are using G.A.S.P. they have changed strategies from using automated programs that can crawl the net and post comments without them visiting to using ready prepared comments and then simply copying and pasting when they visit the your blog.

    This is why you see that most of the comments sound ‘general’ without real reference to the post. Others will simply put a word or two about the post and the rest is off point!

    Now, why I laughed aloud! You are getting the spammers baptism just like most of us have it everyday! My additional recommended here is that re-install Akismet, frankly. I’ve never deleted Akismet all this while I’m using G.A.S.P. Even when many people recommended that. What Akismet will do is simply flag those comments it deem to be spam and leave the rest to be handled by G.A.S.P.

    As a dofollow blog, I’ve discovered that there is no way one can run away from these bad guys so with Akismet and G.A.S.P. what I simply do is login approve the comments genuinely help for moderating and when I have the time look into the spam folder and if there is any that needs to be considered to approve I do that but the rest go into cyber waste bin with a click!

    There is really no need to cry over this anymore. Nothing you do will stop them. Only thing have an eye for those vague comments that want to shower praises on you and tell them just as you did, that is what you need. To me they are the losers. They visited, wasted time posting something and got nothing!

    Btw. thanks for the mention.
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    • Yeremi Akpan says:

      Hi Chadrack,
      I am glad I was able to get a laugh from you, man! :)

      Spam can get a blogger prematurely grey. Maybe I should just do as you say and be resigned to daily cleanups.

      My problem with Akismet is not is spam detection. As Ana Hoffman pointed out in her post, Akismet can be swallowing up your legitimate comments and you would have no idea about it at all. The comments just fall into a blackhole and it as if the commenter never dropped a line. Not even your spam folder will contain those comments.

      That leaves us in a dilemma… :(
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  9. adeenpinto says:

    Hi Yeremi, m also trying to remove all spammers from my comments box…you have done great work…. nice to see u..

  10. Vivek says:

    Spam comments are the biggest problem for me. Even after black listing them, nothing good happens, everyday when I open my admin I have 100sss of these bloody comments.

    But now I have a method. I am using two cdn now. One is maxcdn and other is cloudflare. In cloudflare i just add these spammers ” ip ” and then block them from accessing my site.
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  11. It is a normal thing getting spam comments especially if you have a successful blog. I think having the right comment fighting tool in place is the right solution. I normally get hundreds of comments on my blog on weekly basis and few of them are spam comments due to the help of a wordpress plugin.

    Thanks Yeremi for this great post.
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  12. I am facing a serious problem buddy. All I my manual legitimate comments are going into the Akismet bin. Can you help me with that ?
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  13. James Catter says:

    Disqus is definitely one of the best plug-ins for WordPress comments and “anti-spam” protection. I tried a “spam tool” on my own blog, but Disqus didn’t let it do it… This is truly the only safe solution that works + it’s nice to use too!

  14. Felicia says:

    Hi Yeremi,
    Spam commenters are everywhere these days. The spam comments you posted are generic and they paste it on all the sites they comment – like a one comment fits all types of post-thingy because I’ve received some of those comments myself. Sometimes you want to ask these commenters, ‘have you even RTFA?’
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  15. its not you men, sometimes there are other spam comments that WordPress doesn’t detect it, I know one plug ins that really spam filter, all spam is being filter and only relevant blogs accept, I forgot the name but If I will remembered it I let you know.
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