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Is Blog Spam a Big Problem

  • I’ve seen various “free” blog sites (WPMU and otherwise) that have quit offering free blogs because of spam. That makes me wonder…how bad a problem is blog spam? Did the other sites have problems because they weren’t protected properly with Akismet or something else, or is the spam pervasive enough to sidestep the protection?

    I guess I’m basically wondering if the spam will cause me big problems down the road.



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    I think it somewhat depends on the kind of network you have but I generally recommend against open registration for blogs and, instead, have people request a blog with you instead. Yeah, it’s a bit more work and yeah, it takes away some spontaneity – but the reality is you’ll have tenfold the amount of work with monitoring for SPAM blogs AND people that do the spur of the moment “let’s start a blog” thing are not your long term bloggers either. What’s the benefit of having 100 inactive blogs on your network? I’d rather have 5 that update daily with solid, quality content. As with many things in life, quality trumps quantity any day of the week.

    So, it may sound a bit counter-intuitive but I’m all for slowing down to speed up with blogs/members that are worth your effort.



    I have had a major spam attack on my new instalation… over 100 new blog and user subsriptions that are definately spam… how can i over come this…

    they are signing up and then confirming the email…

    shall i put a human idendifyer on??



    Best look in the WPMU forums for things (plugins) to help. Off the top of my head, some of the better ones are WP-Hashcash, Signup Question and Admin confirm new blogs. Hashcash is available at and the others are at

    Loads of good ideas though in the WPMU forums and that is the best place to start looking.


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