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One of the things that makes me happy when I check my blog statistics, is that visitors to this site often come through finding an older blog post. It is kind of fun to “see” (through site stats) what 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.

I didn’t know why comment spammers hit my blog. I was bewildered when spam comments ramped up so alarmingly, it was taking me about 20 minutes a day just to delete them all. (No, 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 comments to build their visibility and rank in Google.

They 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 deleting them takes a minute or two now.

I celebrate legitimate comments on this 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 LOVE comments. Comment here (unless you’re a spammer!) and I’ll enter you into this month’s drawing for an AnaBanana gift basket ($25 value). I will announce a winner the first blog post of each month. Okay, sometimes I space it, but I get there. Every month. And the stuff is fun. Trust me on this.

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Why I Disable Comments on Older Blog Posts

8 thoughts on “Why I Disable Comments on Older Blog Posts

  • August 11, 2014 at 7:40 pm
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    I was able to do it through the WP interface. Or maybe it’s my security app. Anyway, I can tell it to shut off comments on posts older than a month. I do it for the same reason as you. Some pages I leave comments up and those pages are always hit, but it cut down my spam significantly.

    • August 12, 2014 at 1:37 pm
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      I found it under Settings/Discussion! Only have four spam comments today! Since I found the setting, that’s down from over 20 yesterday. 🙂

  • August 11, 2014 at 5:51 pm
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    With WP you can set how long you leave a post or page open for comments. 30 days is about average.

    • August 11, 2014 at 6:07 pm
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      I need to find that setting! Is that .com WP? I’m .org. Thanks for the tip! Will check that out. 🙂

  • August 11, 2014 at 9:57 am
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    I was going to write a total spam comment full of weird links but I’m not that energetic this morning. You did remind me to check my spam comment folder, but sad day, it was empty. This is how I know no one reads my blog, because I don’t have spam and trolls commenting on it. So, look at the spam folder this way – it means you’re famous!

    • August 11, 2014 at 10:55 am
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      LOL! Well, only moderately famous. I don’t collect the level of spam of the famous blogs, thank goodness, or might throw in the towel. When you consider my modest little corner is closing in on 50K, it’s a bit scary to think there are people out there willing to post that much spam anywhere!!!

  • August 11, 2014 at 1:23 am
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    I HATE spam and it’s insane how much spammy (not sure if that’s even a word…) comments bloggers get inundated with on a daily basis. I’m glad you found a simple way to delete any junk :p

    Thank you for the chance to win!!!

    • August 11, 2014 at 10:54 am
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      Thanks, Amber, it really is costly, in the amount of time spent dealing with it! I find I’ve missed a few posts, so had to go back again, and root out the few posts I’d missed. Amazing to me that they seem able to find those posts! Basically my plan going forward is to shut off a month behind. Makes me sad, but it will save me time going forward. Jerks, though. Urgh! Thanks for coming by!!! 🙂

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