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  1. Hi

    Suddenly in the last week or so I'm getting at least ten times as much spam as usual - some days more. It's not a problem, really, because Akismet is catching it all so I just need to empty spam now and again. But I wondered if I had maybe inadvertently done something that was attracting spammers, and if so what kind of thing might that be? Or does this kind of surge just happens from time to time?

    Thanks in advance.

    The blog I need help with is fictionfanblog.wordpress.com.

  2. Me too. Same spam problem.

    See my post "Sudden large increase in spam - what if anything can be done?"

  3. Are you referring to spam that Akismet has already caught? Or are you referring to comments which have not been sequestered by Akismet as spam?

    This it timethief logged in under my other username account BTW and Most successful long time blogs get hundreds of spam comments and even thousands that are caught by Akismet every day. Spamming is big money business. I've blogged for over 8 years now and I know spam is not going to go away ever.

    Perhaps you don't have comment moderation set up. Allowing anonymous commenting amounts to throwing the welcome mat down for spammers.

    I reduce spam by using this setting:

    3. Automatically close comments on articles older than __ days – This setting can be used to have comments closed on articles that are X days old. As an example, if you only want articles to accept comments for 30 days you would check the box and type 30 into the text field. http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/discussion-settings/#other-comment-settings

    The vast and overwhelming majority of all so-called information on the internet is spam. Over 80% of all so-called comments submitted to .wordpress.com blogs every day are spam. Spam comes in waves. There are human beings who get paid to post spam. There are robotic programs that post spam.

    There is no such thing as eliminating all spam but Akismet works very well. For more information please take the time to read "5 things every blogger should know about spam" on this page Akismet: How it works http://akismet.com/how/

    Aksimet is a learning engine. If you get spam that slips by Akismet then mark it as spam (do not delete it) and over time Akismet will learn it's spam.

    On the spam that Akismet catches on it takes only seconds to click "empty spam" and you don't even have to click "empty spam" if you don't want to. Akismet will maintain comments it has caught for 30 days from the time they were received, and then it will delete the comment automatically.

    Akismet is very accurate so trust Akismet. Set up comment moderation, if you have not already done so, because allowing anonymous commenting on your blog is like putting out the welcome mat for spammers.

    This page > Settings > Discussion is where you set up defaults for comments. http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/discussion-settings/

    Comment moderation http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/discussion-settings/#comment-moderation

    Discussion Settings
    Other comment settings
    _Comment author must fill out name and e-mail
    _Users must be registered and logged in to comment

  4. @fictionfanakaff

    But I wondered if I had maybe inadvertently done something that was attracting spammers, and if so what kind of thing might that be?

    If you have approved a spam comment on a post the spam bots will report that and what will happen is every spammer that has access to that information will hammer the crap out of the same post you approved the spam comment on.

  5. @fjwhite
    know that 300 spam that Akismet has already caught and sequestered here http://citizenactionmonitor.wordpress.com/wp-admin/edit-comments.php?comment_status=spam is diddly squat. I click the empty spam blog button more than once daily on that many and even more on my blogging tips blog.

  6. Thanks for that, timethief. No, Akismet is catching them all so it's not really a problem - I just wondered what the reason could be. I don't think I've let any spam comments go through to the blog, unless it's one that's so well disguised even Akismet missed it. And it seems to be across lots of my posts rather than targetting one in particular.

    Well, from the info you've given, I think I'm pretty much doing what you advise - I moderate first-time commenters and keep a strict eye on what gets through, and never overrule Akismet except on the very rare occasion they put someone I know and trust in there. So nothing to worry about I think - thanks for your advice. :)

  7. @thistimethisspace
    Thanks for the helpful feedback.
    Since you asked --
    1) I'm referring to comments that Akismet has caught
    2) Re comment moderation, I no longer accept any comments. I wasn't getting that many anyway, which was okay with me. My primary purpose in writing a blog is to stay responsibly informed about issues that are important to me and to my role as a citizen in this Canadian democracy, which I take very seriously.
    2) Re approving spam comment, when I was accepting comments I occasionally found legitimate comments mixed in with the spam. And I may occasionally have approved what I thought were legitimate comments that were indeed spam. But, of course, if you don't bother to browse the "spam" you're not going to catch those few legitimate comments.
    3) 300 spam comments may be "diddly squat" to some, but as someone who used to browse the spam looking for the odd gem, 300 is way more than I have the time to check.

  8. Wow! Thanks fictionfanakaff for asking the same question I had in mind and thanks a lot Timethief for your clear and precise explanations, as always! I've learned a lot and will do what is needed.

  9. @fictionfanakaff
    You're welcome and best wishes with your blog.

  10. @fjwhite
    Hi there,
    This is the same person as thistimethisspace, I am logged in under my other username account. I'm not clear if my answer above is satisfactory or if you want Staff to respond as well.

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