Combatting Comment Spam

Re-posted from Sage Wisdom:
In the wake of my comment spammer of last week, I had a lot of sympathetic email from beginning bloggers who have suffered spam comments at their blogs. I also found Adam Kelsey’s “Comment Spam Manifesto and agree with it (click the link and consider putting its principles to work on your blog). To quote:
“…spammers have turned their attention to weblogs and comment forms. In order to increase search engine rankings you are posting advertisements to our Web pages. What you failed to understand is that bloggers are smarter, better connected, and more technologically savvy than the average email user. We control the medium that you are now attempting to exploit. You’ve picked a fight with us and it’s a fight you cannot win.
We have complained amongst ourselves, tried technological solutions, and tried to understand the nature of comment spam. And we are done. We now intend to fight back. Spammers are hereby put on notice. Your comments are not welcome. If the purpose behind your comment is to advertise yourself, your Web site, or a product that you are affiliated with, that comment is spam and will not be tolerated.”

Well said, Adam. If you have also been a victim of comment spam and don’t know what to do about it, continue reading this post to find out what comment spam is and precisely how to combat it…
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