Everyone hates spam comments, spam email, spam tweet, flatter spam, anything spam (except the food of course), who doesn’t? I wonder if this site is a spam magnet. Dealing with spam comments daily is annoying. I have to check every comment eaten by Akismet and see if it’s really spam and not ham. There are 3-5 legitimate comments from few blogger friends whose comment has been eaten by Akismet, so I have to check first before clicking the empty spam button.
Annoyed with all the spam comments I get, I started blocking/banning their IPs, one by one with the help of WP-Ban plugin. I would search first their IP address range and check how many spammed comments came from that IP, then I would block them all. I’d check the Ban Stat after a week and then reset it. But for more than 2 months now, I haven’t resetted the stat and just let the numbers accumulate. Here’s a screenshot of my latest ban stat. 33,855 total attempts and 16,199 came from one IP address. Seeing these numbers make me sick. Seriously.
Blocking IPs may not be a good idea, there’s a consequence to it, but it’s my choice for now. I might remove it one day if I find a better solution to my spam problems. Currently my Spam folder is 0 and I only receive 5 – 8 spam weekly, unlike before.
How about you? How do you deal with spams?