You know you’ve hit the big time when you’re under a comment Spam attack. Luckily I had Akismet installed, which caught pretty much all of them.
For the past few days, I’ve been unable to log in to my back-end. The front-end was fine, so I wasn’t too worried about it.
Finally, I was able to log in, but it was very sluggish. I took a look at my comments queue and gasped. There were over 48,000 spam comments sitting in there. I was like, “No wonder!”
To put things in perspective, here is a screenshot. Look at December’s stats compared to January.
Reasons for the spam?
I honestly have no idea where all this extra spam came from. I recently got re-upgraded to a Google PR6. I’m not sure if that had anything to do with it.
Also, I pissed off a few people in December by blocking their comments (perhaps some retaliation?).
When I say in my comment form to use your “Real Name”, I mean it. My spam tolerance is pretty much zero these days.
Tools to combat comment spam
Here are the three tools that got me through my spam attack with little effect on those visiting the main site:
- Akismet – Awesome at filtering out spammy comments
- NoSpamNX (German) – Great at stopping spam bots. I imagine I would’ve gotten much more spam without this plugin.
- Ajax Edit Comments – Yes, this is a plugin I wrote, but it has an awesome Blacklist feature that I use all the time.