Stop Blog Comment Spam

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There seems to be an increase in references to sites having trouble with comment spam recently. If you're seeing elevated levels of viagra, cialis or tramadol related posts, then here are a few solutions to help you lessen the time spent moderating!

Jim Kukral can't take it anymore, he's installing Akismet as does Jim Boykin and many others who are battling the comment spam epidemic. You could also try other plugins such as SpamKarma 2.2 if you're on WordPress. Plugin solutions do work well, but there are additional steps you could take. For example, many bloggers use a rel="nofollow" attribute on all links (good blog software should enable you to make this adjustment) or activate user-authentication systems. Both solutions discourage would-be spammers, but who knows if it prevents legitimate blog readers from commenting as well. The more complex you make such a solution the greater the chance you have of alienating legitimate audiences, stifling the communication that is so necessary in new media.

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