An interesting indicator of your blog popularity is the quantity of spam comments you are receiving. Lately I saw an increasing number of spam comments popping on some of my articles. In order to fight spam, I took a few measures when setting up my blog.
As I was saying, the number of blog comments on Dukeo keeps growing every day. While this is a good way to know if your website is correctly indexed in search engines (spammers are generally scraping search engine results to spot the articles they are going to spam), this problem can become extremely time-consuming, especially nowadays, because spammers are getting clever and some comments like “I love your blog”, while appearing as legit comments, can be spam comments.
First of all, I have Akismet installed on my blog. Akismet is great at catching spam blog comments and protecting your blog. It comes pre-installed in WordPress installation package and is pretty straightforward to activate. You only need to get an Akismet Key in order to get your copy activated. Akismet is totally worth the extra 30 seconds needed to get the key.
The second step I took to reduce the amount of work needed to filter spam comments is closing comments 14 days after a post is published. This means that people have 14 days after a post is published to say what they have to say on the subject. As I am posting a new entry per day, this means that I never have more than 14 posts with comments open. It makes it easy to follow all the discussions and spot spam comments.
Do you take any additional step to protect your blog against comment spam?