Close Comments on Old Posts to Keep Out the Spammers

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One of the things that makes me happy when I check my blog statistics is that visitors to my site often come to me through an older blog post. It is kind of fun to “see” (through site stats) which posts have caught someone’s attention.

And it makes me sad that they can’t comment on that post and tell me why it caught their attention. Thank you, comment spammers.

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I didn’t know why comment spammers hit my blog. I was bewildered when spam comments ramped up so alarmingly that it was taking me about 20 minutes a day just to delete them all. (No, I wasn’t going through them. They were overloading my blog, and it took that long for my site to delete them!) I would read some of them and wonder what the heck was the reason for badly written, link-filled junk comments.

Thank you, thank you to Mark Schaefer of {grow} for posting a guest post about this topic just when I needed it. (I’ve long been a {grow} fan and even had the honor of guest posting there once myself. Squee moment!) It had the information I needed to contain the flood.

Since spam is a problem in my email, too, I wasn’t surprised to find out that the unscrupulous and lazy (don’t want to do the hard work to build their site organically) were spamming my comment section to build their visibility and rank in Google.

They still scan my blog for posts (and photos until I mostly shut that off with a widget) for places to comment, so I had to spend some time every day to track down any old blog posts that I missed. With over 400 posts, that also took me a lot of time.

By disabling comments, I’ve reduced my daily spam from the thousands to 15 -- 30. Don’t get me wrong, they are still hitting my blog, but Akismet isolates them and deletes them, which only takes a minute or two now.

I celebrate legitimate comments on my blog. I love getting them, and I enter them into my monthly giveaway. It makes me sad that visitors who find older posts they find interesting can’t tell me about it because I had to shut off comments to protect my blog and my time. So if you find an older post and would like to share, please email me using the contact link in my navigation bar and you’ll still get an entry into my monthly drawing.

Because I do LOVE comments.

Pauline Baird Jones

www.paulinebjones.com

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