Following my recent ‘Spamalanche’, (Spam+Avalanche) I went back into my settings and reviewed my ‘Disallowed Comment Keys’, as recommended by some blogging friends.
This is a fancy name for words you don’t allow in comments, email addresses and urls associated with spammers, or just anything you recognise as being consistent with hundreds of Spam comments every day.
For example, this is my current list of disallowed words, numbers, and terms.
(You can find yours by looking at your most frequent Spam comments, without clicking on them.)
As you can see, it is a mixed bag, and all of this was generating something like 2,000 Spam comments every week. This meant I missed genuine comments, as I had no time to find them in all that junk
Almost overnight, I went from 300 Spam comments a day, down to 5-10 a day.
My Trash folder went from next to nothing in it, to a current total of 1,963 ‘disallowed’ comments.
I no longer have to worry about missing good comments, at least as long as someone doesn’t use any of those words or terms.
If you want to try this, it’s easy.
Settings > Discussion Settings > Disallowed Comment Keys
Type in anything you want to be disallowed, then remember to scroll down and SAVE CHANGES.
You can edit the list anytime you like, saving changes every time you do.