April 1, 2011

Recent Data Shows Great Value in Blog Comment Spam Filtering

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If your not using Akismet Spam Blocker plugin yet, why not?  A number of questions have been asked regarding how to keep your website comments open to the public, while not being forced to moderate through tons of spam (especially if you are using the dofollow link).  Well, the short answer for our case is using the Akismet spam filter plugin.

OK, so not all content management systems have implemented the Akismet spam filter ability as of yet, but most of the major players have, including WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, and many of the other top names.

I thought I would share a quick review of how well the spam filter has been working on one of our website recently.  As seen in this following graph, the number of comments took a bit of a jump in recent dates, however take a look at how many of these comments were caught as spam.   Without this spam filter installed, you can understand why many blogs simply turn off comments.

Comments are the life blood to making your articles extend and grow beyond what they were originally intended to do.  Yes, you can speak your mind to the world in the blog, but creating an extended conversation that fills the subject with other points of view and added knowledge is something that you don’t want to miss out on.

If you are having difficulty with spamming on your blog websites, I would urge you to give Akismet or some other comment spam filter a try!

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Jeremy Oms

Jeremy is an entrepreneur and leading manager of New Blood, Inc. Excited about all things Internet related, Jeremy spends much of his time project managing custom web applications and directing advanced search engine optimization efforts.

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