Ok, my plan was to start off the new series on search engine optimization I mentioned a few days ago. However, there is something that I've just discovered and I truly want to draw your attention to it. I hope someone will be able to help out!
Some months ago I made a post discussing the problems I was having then with spam comments on this blog. To over come that situation I tried various strategies using different anti-spam plugins. It was while looking for a solution that I came to know of Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin (G.A.S.P.) Since then I have been using this plugin and I must say it has worked wonders.
However, recently I've noticed another deluge of spam comments. I first noticed this about a month ago when the same type of spam comments that were so rampant then started showing up again. Most of these were held in the spam folder for my moderation. Frankly, I want to believe that some may have slipped through.
From my experience in the past, I'm very sure that most of these spam comments are posted using automated commenting software. And so I've been wondering if by any means someone have found a way around the powerful spam-blocking features of Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin!
My bringing this up here is to know if any one is experiencing this problem with G.A.S.P. and if so to know if there is any possibility that this plugin is already letting in some automated spam comments?
So if you're using G.A.S.P. and you're experiencing anything like this, let us know in the comments below. If you think there is anything I'm doing wrong with this plugin that is allowing this spam comments to get through feel free also to let us know.
Here are some graphics of a few of these spam comments I checked out on Google.
1. This one that said something like: "I almost accidentally went to this site. But stayed there for long blah, blah, blah..". had 252 results when I checked it out on Google.com.
2. And here is another one. This one says: "It's always a pleasure reading your articles. Thank you for sharing such relevant topic with us..blah, blah... "
Now, do you know this one was actually posted on the blog post: "Are You Making These 5 Blog Commenting Mistakes?" which has been generating a good number of positive comments? Well, it beats my imagination! Here is the graphic with 91 of such comments alreay indexed by Google:
3. You want to see more right? Ok, here's another one. This one already have, now wait for this .... 2320 results on Google.com! Here's the graphic:
4. And finally, here's a graphic of some of these comments waiting for moderation! You can see one of them actually have a gravatar which makes it appear real indeed!
So what do you think of these spam comments? What do you think I should do about this situation?