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Hello 48 days community,

This is more of an advanced question, but I love the 48 days community and I'd like some feedback on what's been working for everyone.  I have a new affiliate blog called AVCHD Pro Solutions. I've been slowly working on growing traffic to the site, and I must have recently hit the surge of the search engines because within the last 24 hours I've been hit with about 35 different spam messages on various wordpress pages and posts.  I have the default 2011 theme installed and working, and I had the Block Spam by math plugin enabled, to force people to do a simple math problem in order to post a comment.  I'd like to have the entire commenting system wide open to start a community and build a following where I can legitimately help people, but clearly this plugin isn't blocking the spam bots from going crazy on my site.  For those of you who are actively controlling spam on your wordpress site, what plugins are you using to block spam?

Ideally I'd like to have some sort of plugin that allows people to comment via their facebook or twitter profiles, or via some other registered service, so that I get some marketing credit in that person's feed list.  Does anyone know of a good plugin to accomplish this?

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I don't recommend the Facebook comment system since you don't own the comments. Disqus is a great tool with built in spam protection. It's very rare when I get spammed.


I second what Justin says here too. I just posted in your other thread about comment spam solutions, but didn't mention Disqus. I ALSO use Disqus in addition to Mollom. Disqus handles my comments and Mollom handles my forms.

I'd also stay away from Facebook comments. In addition to what Justin said, it looks awful. In addition, you can use your Twitter or Facebook user profiles in Disqus to post comments without signing up for Disqus.

I will agree with the two pros above me. I have experimented a lot with comments best practice and I have found that using Disqus is the best option. I get more comments too, then when I use just standard Wordpress or a Facebook comment system. 

Now to answer your orginal question. The best way to blog spam is with a plugin called Akismet. This plugin works great and has saved me a lot of work and headaches. 

Enjoy and may you Find Freedom Online,

Shawn Ozbun 

When you use   http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/simple-facebook-connect/ you keep the comments in WP. 

To use the WP comments with Twitter login you can use http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/simple-twitter-connect/

To use the WP comments with Facebook login you can use http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/simple-facebook-connect/

The Simple Facebook Connect interfered with my affiliate plugin so I had to get rid of it. But I'm really hoping the affiliate plugin creator can create a work around. 

The beauty of these is that some people don't want to leave their email so it helps them leave comments easily without. It also puts their comment on their social network which is good for you. It also leaves the comments on your WP install which means you don't need to worry about facebook owning your comments and doing whatever they want with them. 

re: spam - akismet is the standard but you have to pay now for it if don't have an account. 

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-anti-spam/ is another one...you'll need to train it. 

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/defensio-anti-spam/ seems to have a good community behind it. 

I haven't tried either. I'm using akismet and Cloudflare seems to block a lot as well. 

I agree with the others.  I've used Discus with my personal blog, Life's Been Good to me so Far, for 3 years now and have yet to get spammed.

I have Disqus on one site and Livefyre on another and still get spam, but only a little.  If you notice problems from the same few IP addresses, you can block them individually or from a list of known spammers (there are trusted sites that maintain a list, I haven't used them yet) via code in your htaccess file.  

Another option specifically for bots is to block your comment file from anyone that did not find it by clicking through from your site.  I had a problem with this issue months ago and this helped.  The following code can be inserted into the htaccess file on your server but beware: you can mess things up if you don't know what you are doing.  I did a lot of research, made a copy of the file, and the changes have went fine with no issues.  Just be sure to replace yourdomainhere with your actual domain in the 4th line

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} .wp-comments-post\.php*
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !.*yourdomainhere.* [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^$
RewriteRule (.*) ^http://%{REMOTE_ADDR}/$ [R=301,L]

I am not as experienced as Justin or Rob, but those few steps have helped me


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