I’m often quite amazed when I see so many posts on the WordPress.org forums asking how to combat spam. When I ask what steps have been taken so far, the reply is often “OMGWTFBBQLOLLERCOPTER I am being inundated with hundreds of spam comments I haven’t done anything make it stop WordPress!!!!” And I get it, spam is pretty annoying! Also, sometimes it’s easy to forget that some people are brand new to running a site on the internet and don’t even know what questions to ask to get the result they need. So here is a real simple bit of information to get you started down the spam fighting road.
This morning, VoodooPress reached 1000 approved non-spam comments! For a little WordPress site, just hanging out in our corner of the web doing our own thing, I think that’s a pretty great milestone! Thanks to everyone who joins in the discussions here for helping VoodooPress grow. I know many people have been helped through those comments, thanks!
Whoa, I just looked at my contact form records… It looks like I’ve missed a fair amount of entries. If you have not gotten a reply from VoodooPress, rest assured, I haven’t ignored you on purpose. I’m not sure if these are going to my SPAM folder or what. I will transition my contact form to Gravity Forms very soon, so that I at least get dashboard notification of any new entries. I will try to find your entries and reply asap. If you haven’t heard from me, please feel free to contact me again! Aplogies from Rev. Voodoo!
Not that long ago, I posted a little shout out for some help dealing with spam registrations. Between my personal blog, and VoodooPress, I was getting hammered. Well Ryan Imel stopped by with a little suggestion I hadn’t even considered. 2 words: Gravity Forms. Let me break it down for you.
VoodooPress had been getting a huge amount of registration spam lately and it was driving me nuts. Thanks to a tip on this post, I’ve implemented a new registration form using Gravity Forms and turned off the standard registration. It’s all tested and works great. I also purged a few hundred (hopefully) spam users. If you accidentally got deleted, please sign up again. We love our real, human readers!!
So I’m up to the point of getting about 40 spam registrations a day now. There are a lot of sites out there far bigger than my humble corner of the ‘net. What do you folks do about it? I’d love some pointers. Here’s what I’ve tried so far.