Last Updated on: September 27th, 2016
Are you sick of spam? I know I am, and want to eliminate it once and for all.
Akismet just isn’t cutting it, so I’ve switched to Anti-Spam. It might have to do with the current commenting system I’m using (as Connor Rickett points out in the last half of his video), but I’m just not sure.
Anyways, these are both FREE WordPress plugins, but one seems to be better than the other!
So far, Anti-Spam is doing the trick, and there is NO spam in my spam folder, but I’m not sure how it is going to affect people who want to comment on my posts, so I need your help!
My Commenting Plugin Experiment
I experimented with this in the past, but for only a few days. I wasn’t sure if I lost commenters. I know that Akismet sometimes classified a couple of my commenters as spam (a couple of times Adrienne Smith was considered spam, and I know for a fact that she is a real person), but, I’m tired of hunting for such commenters in my spam folder. Wading through spam comments is a time-waster, and my time is better spent elsewhere. I’m willing to bet yours is, too.
A New Commenting Problem
The problem that I’m facing now is wondering whether or not my commenters are going to make it through the filtering process. I’m afraid I’m going to lose commenters. I actually activated this plugin about 10 days ago, and so far have had no problems (that I know of) with peoples’ abilities to comment on my last post… so this post might be a waste of time on my part… but I don’t think it is.
At the very least, it will teach you about the Anti-Spam plugin!
What to do if you cannot comment on Wording Well
It’s no secret that I moderate comments on this site. I do this for three reasons:
- because of the spammers.
- because I want to see what is being posted on my website.
- because I reply to every comment and I cannot do this if I don’t know who has commented, and on which post. (I don’t close comments on any of my posts because there are a few posts that help people on an ongoing basis and I want to be there for anyone who reaches out to me for help. This is especially important for some of my top posts, including the one I Want to Kill Myself – What Should I Do? as Google sends many people to my site each day who are feeling suicidal and are seeking help.)
If you cannot comment on my site, please let me know.
I’m on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+. I’m sure you are on ONE of these! I have three Facebook pages – my main family and friends page, my writing and editing services page, and my author page. Go on, give me a LIKE while you’re at it. 😉
I have three Google+ pages, too. I use my main one for pretty much everything, and my author page for book and publishing-related stuff, and a poetry page that page doesn’t get much action. 🙁 Of course, I also have a contact page on my blog, if all else fails.
The Catch-22 of Commenting on Wording Well
Here is the question YOU are going to ask yourself: How am I going to know if my comment made it through, given that you moderate comments?
Here is my answer: If your comment doesn’t appear after a maximum of 3 days, it didn’t make it through. I am generally on my computer every day, or every second day. It’s rare for me to take three consecutive days off, unless I’m really sick.
The only thing I can hope for is that you ARE able to comment without any hassles. I’m not sure if having an avatar in place (through gravatar.com) is absolutely necessary in order to make it through the spam filter of Anti-Spam, but I’m sure it will help.
UPDATE: So far, everyone is making it through the filtering system and I have had no reports of anyone experiencing any problems. GREAT! 🙂
The only problem I noticed was one that was not related to this plugin at all. Because I noticed it after installing this plugin, I thought the plugin was to blame. For more information on this problem, read this article and the solution (found in Greg Narayan’s comment).
How I Learned about the Anti-Spam Plugin
Before Keisha Easley sold her blog We Blog Better, she wrote a post about how to secure your WordPress blog. I have no idea if that post still exists; I believe the blog has changed hands a few times since then. If you want to read some useful posts about comment spam, I’d suggest reading Stopping Manual WordPress Comment Spam – 5 Ways to Help.
A Question for You to Answer in the Comment Section
Getting back to the topic of comment spam, I’d like to know if you use this plugin on your WordPress site, or if you have ever tried it.
Have you had good results with this plugin?
Have you even heard about it before?
Are you going to try it out?
Do you like Akismet? Why or why not?
Please share your thoughts about these plugins in the comments… if you can. 😉
Side note for Writers:
Oh, and be sure to check out my recent post on my author site. It’s about BookVetter, a site for authors, writers, and book-review bloggers.