Our spamming foes are switching tactics on us, and are now using humans to market their “enhancement” products, as their mechanical minions are unable to reach their spam quota (thanks in part to awesome anti-spam technology).
Unless we can find a way to thwart these evil beings, we will have to surrender our beloved comment section–or worse–join the various blog cults out there that only allow a select few to comment, while restricting access to the rest of the world.
Since I’d rather downgrade my blogging platform than surrender hearing opinions from my readers, here are a four methods that can help kill off these annoying pests without threatening our thriving communities.
Instead of simply requiring them to register with your specific blog (which can become tedious if done across dozens of sites), bloggers should allow readers to post their thoughts via a third party account site like Facebook, LinkedIn, or even through OpenID.
Moderate Thy Comments
Since this can easily become overwhelming (especially if you are receiving hundreds of daily comments), you should adjust your blog settings to automatically moderate first time commenters for approval, as well as any comment displaying more than 2 links.
Eternal Banishment (Blacklisting Domains)
Notice I said “blacklisting links” not IP addresses (the latter which is very foolish).
Blacklisting websites can prevent repeat human spammers from re-inserting questionable links into your comment section, which will force them to harass someone else with less defenses.
Brief Commenting Season
Depending on your blog size, you can have comments close down after 2 weeks or 90 days (the former being recommended if you are receiving a lot of spam).
This feature is available to both Blogger fans as well as WordPress users (the latter via the Discussion Settings).
Any Other Suggestions?
While these four methods can help kill off human spammers, there are probaly other methods that can be used to combat this growing problem (and ultimately kill off this spam industry).
If anyone else has any suggestions, tips or recommendations, feel free to enlighten us all in the comment section below!