Wondering how to block spam comments from your website?
How can I block spam and lock a spammer from my Blog? I know we all hate spam, but that doesn’t keep those annoying spammers away from your website or blog. So I decided to to show you how I block spam from my blog, and how I block spam from a server for once and for all.
Can you remember how many times you’ve hit the spam and the delete link in frustration because some idiot keeps spamming your blog comments section? You try to keep your website content clean and insert only relevant content, and yet some fools just don’t get the message that their comments get deleted time and time again! What do those type of “internet marketers” (sorry, but that is a great misuse of the term marketers) really think about anyways? Don’t they realize their time be much better spent putting their effort into getting targeted traffic from various different places that would earn them a REAL buck or two! Spam like that is almost enough to drive us honest marketers bonkers!
Allowing linking out to non-related websites is a major step to block spam
In order to block spam, I don’t allow linking out to non-related websites from this site! Or from ANY of my websites for that matter. It is just simply “bad for business” and decreases your PR and search engine ranking. (However, I always welcome links to RELATED my niches and websites.) You know where I’m going with this?
Reject intentional spam comments to block spam effectively
Some trolls even have a unique manner to try to get on your “soft side”. They do this by leaving a very positive comment and then either insert or hyper link, with they’re offending link pointing back to their spam website, or where ever. The point is that this type of back-link is damaging to your website’s ranking and/or moral standards and you need to block spam like this.
That all being said, I will now show you what I do to block spam from my comments on my websites and servers.
Follow the techniques to block spam
- On the left side of the admin section of your blog is where all or most of the settings are made.
- Go to the Settings section.
- Inside the Settings section click on Discussion.
- Once inside the Discussion section, scroll down to the Comment Blacklist section.
- Beside the Comment Blacklist area you see there is a text box where you can enter text into.
- Inside this text box, type, or better still, copy and paste the offending spammer’s signature.
- It should include the email address, the IP address, and the domain URL.
You could also include the name, but that might exclude a visitor you don’t want excluded. Besides, Most spammers seldom use the same name twice. In fact, email addresses fall into much the same category. But I include emails also when I block spam content from my site.
Now I know that the hard-core spammers have hundreds of emails. So just go with what you find works. But the IPs and domain names cost them a bundle of cash. So not many spammers have more then one or two. A few have three. But it’s simple enough to add the additional IP and domain URL if you notice them coming back.
Here is an example of what you should have in your Comment Blacklist section after you block “one” Spammer…
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Remember the above is an example of what your blacklist should look like when you block spam. I should also warn you that if you block out words, you have to be careful not to be to vague. Remember that if you block the word “shell” you are also blocking the word “seashell”. If you block the word “lock” you are also blocking the word “locksmith”. So be careful which words you are blocking. You don’t want to go and block out perfectly good meaningful comments.
I hope this helps at least some of you visiting my website to get some tips how to block spam. Yes, I know there are a few more ways to block spam from a blog. But this website is for my fellow online marketers who are not well versed and experienced in all the “techie” ways of pragraming and coding. So that is why I chose to write about this method. It is easy to implement and it works. No it will not lock out super hardcore spammers looking to do damage to a website or blog, but that is for another article.
Good luck My friends.