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Monday, October 21, 2019

Cracking Down on Spam

To me this means checking published blog comments daily to read "legitimate" ones left by fellow bloggers. All of these are read and appreciated. 

What's not appreciated and so annoying is to find a lot of spam comments on recent or previous posts. Several recent ones have been left by spammers using names of the Oxford School and Unknown

What can be done?

My suggestion is to — Check published comments regularly. When spot a spam comment is found, click the box to the left of the comment, then select Spam at the top. 

Next, look for Spam (it's under Comments) and delete all the comments marked as Spam. This will remove them completely from the affected blog post(s).

Will this stop spammers?  
Most likely it will not, and it could even cause an increase in unwanted spam. 
But, I will definitely continue to be diligent about deleting all unwelcome spam.

How about you — any spam deletion methods to share with fellow bloggers?

14 comments:

Susan Zarzycki said...

It's so sad that we have to deal with such idiots!

Sandra said...

that is what I do for spammers. it is the best way to deal with it.

Anvilcloud said...

Good reminder.

Jon said...

I use Comment Moderation on my blog. I dislike having to do it, but it allows me to check comments before they are published. I also don't allow anonymous comments.

I started using Comment Moderation a few years ago, after I wrote some political posts. I got a barrage of EXTREMELY hateful comments and one death threat!

Every time I allow anonymous comments I get enormous amounts of annoying spam.
Blogging used to be innocent and fun. Lately it has often become an infuriating ordeal....

Annsterw said...

I just had to deal with this - what a pain! I accidentally deleted my precious REAL comments while dealing with SPAM. I think I have it handled now though. What a pain it is!

Rain said...

I was getting those Middle Eastern escort service spams lol...I put the comment moderation on for a few months, now I have it set to moderate after a few days. So far, besides the Oxford School of Morons, I haven't had to deal with spam. It's so random though! And yes, very annoying.

Nil @ The Little House by the Lake said...

I moderate comments. Once in a while I receive spam. I guess they don't have anything productive to do!

Lois Evensen said...

From time to time I get commercial spam comments. If I post something about tree removal on our property, I get comments from tree removal companies from just about anywhere. Same with other post topics. I easily monitor everything by getting a notice of a comment to approve before it ever gets to my blog. I mark spam as spam which will, hopefully, slow them down.

Kathy said...

I usually look at my comments once a week, but lately every day. Then I mark them spam and delete them. So sad that we have to do this, but that's the world we live in now. If it gets really bad, I will just shut down the blog but I don't want it to get to that point.

Valerie said...

Comment Moderation is the way the way to go, although they are ready for me to read, as if, it gives me great pleasure in deleting them and keeping my blog free of unwanted visitors.

William Kendall said...

I check them every day, because once in awhile a spam comment gets past the filters. And I check the awaiting moderation folder as well, as sometimes someone comments on an older post.

Lately I've had the illuminati spammer who looks like he's on a sex offenders list spamming me.

My name is Erika. said...

I've had some spam lately. Someone from someplace trying to sell me Halloween costumes. As the world changes, so do the new problems.

Connie said...

I use comment moderation and delete those spam comments before they can appear on my blog.

baili said...

i simply hit the "spam" button in my blogger dashboard dear Dorothy and it works most of the time what i did not know was that spammers can try to sell you something either so i send them into spam too now

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