I hate…hate…hate SPAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Last month I was bombarded with bizillion spam even though I have the GASP and the Anti Backlink from CommentLuv Premium, I was still getting spams like 60-70 a day.
I think I must have been doing something wrong. I didn’t quite understand how the plugins works and so I asked Andy Bailey again. But before I tell you what he said to me let me tell you…
In the past I wrote Andy about this and he told me to go to Comment Blacklist on my Dashboard and enter the spammer’s email addresses in there. But I don’t think it was the best thing to control the evil spammers that keeps coming back to my blog. I’m not sure I understood how GASP really work.
I didn’t quite understand all of these “trackbacks” that keeps sneaking into my folder. Sometime, maybe once in a blue moon, I will get trackbacks from friends but it was very rare. Majority of the trackbacks I get came from these stupid fake Google bots.
Also Google can be punitive once they find out that your website have been spammy and you have been accepting junky comments that doesn’t add value to your post.
The best software for spam is CommentLuv Premium with its GASP and Anti Backlink plugins. I’ll show you in a minute how this is done.
In the past, I have installed Akismet coupled with CommentLuv Premium because somehow it didn’t seem like the spam were being removed.
Some people manage without the Akismet. But the moment I deactivate the Akismet, there goes tons of spammers in my folders again. But this time I deleted my Akismet and let alone the two plugins work together: GASP and Anti Backlink. It works wonder!!!!!!! Zilch. Nada. Nothing. Zero. *happy*
NOW I GET ZERO SPAM. I will show you how I did it. Below is a screen shot from “Anti Backlink.” And because I have been getting a lot of spam in My Spam Folder, Andy advice me to put it on Deny Comment. You can see, I have that circled in red, so you can see it as lucid as possible. When bots or humans try to spam me it will give them that message that says,
“NO AVATAR. Thank you so much for your comment here! Unfortunately, your comment will have the links removed until we get to know you a bit better. Don’t worry! the links still exist but, they wont show until you’ve been approved. One way to help us know you is to get a gravatar which is an image associated with your email address.”
How to Block Spam
• On Anti Backlink plugin, select Deny Comment and check the Gravatar Check.
Once the bot or the human spammer gets it, their comment doesn’t go through unless of course they have a gravatar. And not just any gravatar. It has to be the “real photo” of your face.
Not the photo of your dog. Or a cartoon of yourself. Or a photo of your company’s logo. C’mon’ this is social media and therefore you have to act like human and put your real photo.
What is there to hide? It’s just a photo. This is not a beauty contest. I love to talk to real people with real photo profile. And I’m sure others would want to do that too.
• Then on your GASP on your Trackback Validation area uncheck the “Allow trackbacks” which I have circled it on red so you can see the mental vision of this. Once you have done these 2 plugins in the CommentLuv Premium area exactly what I told you so, I guarantee you will get ZERO spam
Sometimes I get email from Wordfence saying that some of these intruders were trying to get in my WordPress using the “admin” username and attempt to guess my password 3x.
After that 3rd time, Wordfence email me their IP address.
Now I know in the past, I have written: How to Blacklist Spammers & Intruders on your cPanel. I’ve blocked the ones who tries to guess my password 3x on my site.
But, I think this is simply a waste of time. Susan O’Dea pointed me to this post: Why cPanel IP Deny Manager is a Waste of Time. I’ve learned that once your .htaccess gets filled up with “deny from IP addresses” it can get out of control. Wordfence or if you use Limit Login Attempts plugin can do their job pretty well. No need to re-enter the IP address again on your IP Deny Manager.
So how do you control spam? Your solution to anti-spam is get the CommentLuv Premium, it is the best Spam Blocker. Anyway, I have the link for you below that goes directly to the product. I’m an affiliate of this product and so if you buy it from my link I will get a commission.
Anyway, I hope it helps! EDIT: Adrienne and I both do not like trackbacks because majority of them are spam. So if you have your GASP uncheck on trackbacks, there is no way you’ll find out the REAL legit trackbacks done by friends or Influencer right?
But there’s a way to find out your trackbacks on Google Analytics, go to Adrienne Smith’s post and watch her awesome video on: Google Analytics Knows Who Shares Your Content
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