I love the Askimet plugin for WordPress, if I didn’t have that, I’d probably not even have a blog. Since I activated Askimet, it has caught 14,820 spam comments for me without a problem. But now, after a couple months of being great, I’m starting to see a little bit of a problem. In the last 6 hours, Askimet has let 8 spam comments slip through. And these weren’t just mild comments, these were the hardcore, nasty ass kinda text & links that you definitely don’t want to see on the frontend of your site.http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/more/specials/fortunate50/2007/Do I need to update Askimet, or have the damn spammers just found a way to get around the Askimet plugin?
Nope, don’t need to update. I just checked the Askimet site and version 2.0 is the latest release of the plugin, so it looks like the spammers have just found a way to get a little tricky and get through the Askimet wall with new comments. Those dirty bitches.
So after waiting about 2 weeks since the release of WordPress 2.2, I finally decided to upgrade from 2.1.2. I typically wait 3-4 weeks before upgrading to the newest version of WordPress, however this time, I was more encouraged to upgrade after reading about all the vulnerability and security holes in the previous versions of WordPress. Like I said in the title “Successful… I think…” so if you see an problems, please let me know – just stop by my contact page and tell me what’s wrong with the site!
Easy upgrade guide on wordpress.
While looking for ways to increase the popularity of my blog, I came across an article about having a nofollow tag in your blog comments. Basically, most blogs out there allow people who comment to input their name, email and website, however, when the website URL is displayed to the end user, it is actually hidden from search engines with the following bit of code:
The way I see it, there are pros and cons to removing the “nofollow” tag. Pros are that it will help increase the pagerank of all of the people who comment on posts on your blog and/or it will increase your own blogs pagerank with increasing number of comments that you leave on other blogs that do not use the “nofollow” tag. Cons are that it can definitely increase the amount of spam that a blog gets. For instance, my blog currently gets between 200-500 spam comments per day (depending on how lucky I am that day), I expect this to increase significantly once the spammers realize that I have removed the “nofollow” tag from my comments.
If you’d like to get your WordPress blog onto a “dofollow” list, simply go into your /wp-includes folder and find the file called “comment-template.php”. On line 48, I had the following line of code:
$return = "<a href='$url' rel='external nofollow'>$author</a>";
Simply change it to:
$return = "<a href='$url' rel='external'>$author</a>";
I haven’t yet promoted the fact that my comments are no longer “nofollow” comments, but I’ve read quite a few articles of people raving about the success they’ve had by removing the “nofollow” attribute and changing their comments section to more of a “dofollow” type of layout. So if you’re blog has a list of other blogs that have a “dofollow” or a d-list, please add my site to the list.