Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin – No More Automated Spam Comments

Tired of spam? Tired of the weekly or daily login routine to clear spam comments made by time wasters and comment spammers? It used to be like this for me till about 3 months ago until I then started using Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin. Now thankfully that’s a thing of the past because automated spam comments cannot be submitted for approval in my blog.

Before going into the powerful but simple features of this free plugin, one should really know why comment spam exists in the first place and why do people actually spam blogs.

Comment spam is useless comments that add no value to a blog post. Comments like “nice blog”, “my brother likes your blog” and so on are not really useful. So why do comments like these get posted?

The answer is simple – to get backlinks. And more worrying is that many spammers do not actually type in their comments. They use automated programs that spam blog posts so that they do not even lift a finger. Then they hope that the blog administrator approves their comments to show how popular their blog is. Their blog then ends up with these useless comments and ultimately a poor visitor experience.

But there is a bigger danger. As everyone knows Google does not penalise inward links because they know that bloggers have no control over who links to them. But the big G will penalise a site linking out to link farms, bad reputation sites and so on. So approving a link linking out to such sites will hurt you.

So the answer to all this is to use the Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin (G.A.S.P.). Why? It eliminates automatic posting of comments because the potential commenter has to physically tick a checkbox and confirm that he or she is not a spammer. Automatic spamming software is not able to do so. Therefore commenting has to be done by a human being.

This could be seen as irritating by the potential commenter because one has to do an extra step – the ticking of a checkbox after posting a comment. However from the blog’s administrator point of view it at least gives a sense of comfort that a real person commented.

Now you might ask, could not a potential spammer tick the checkbox as explained earlier? Of course and some comments will be spam. But many spammers do not physically post comments because it is a time consuming task that could take hours if posting to hundreds of blogs. So the G.A.S.P, plugin eliminates automated spam comments.

Get the G.A.S.P, plugin here

Try it out and tell us what you think.

Joseph Lautier

About Joseph Lautier

Joseph Lautier has been actively involved in internet marketing since 2008. He is the creator of various online income streams and blogs about earning money online at Earn Money Online Resource

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7 Responses

  1. Jeff
    Jeff January 22, 2013 at 16:06 | | Reply

    Google actually does penalize sites for spammy incoming links now – it’s part of the Penguin update. While I know it’s not the point of this post, I did want to bring attention to that.

  2. Gunnar
    Gunnar January 23, 2013 at 19:01 | | Reply

    I may try it.
    For now I’m using another free plugin
    called Antispam Bee, it works really good.
    Gunnar

  3. Ryan Hellyer
    Ryan Hellyer January 23, 2013 at 19:04 | | Reply

    I’m not convinced this is a good way to do it. A bot can click a real checkbox just as easily as it can a hidden checkbox, so it would make more sense to make the checkbox hidden from view, then auto-click it with JS. That way the user doesn’t need to do anything yet it should stop almost every spam bot in existence.

  4. Joseph Lautier
    Joseph Lautier January 24, 2013 at 20:05 | | Reply

    Hi Gunnar thanks for your comment – will check the plugin right now and thanks for sharing.

    Ryan, I did not know bots can actually checka checkbox:) All i can say that using this plugin I have removed countless of potential spam commenst as before I used to waste so much time deleting countless useless comments. Thanks for sharing the info as well:)

  5. sepero111
    sepero111 June 26, 2013 at 03:04 | | Reply

    Not everyone uses Javascript, so Ryan’s solution isn’t very practical, and only drives away people like myself. I’m just browsing for comment spam blocking ideas, so thanks for this post, Joseph. I’ve tried using Captcha’s on my site, but so far I’ve found that a honeypot form field has proven most successful at catching spam. For anyone interested in trying it out, the honeypot field is best used with a couple second wait period- that way it’s impossible to make fast automated posts.

    1. Ryan Hellyer
      Ryan Hellyer June 26, 2013 at 11:19 | | Reply

      You could serve a CAPTCHA for anyone who doesn’t have JS turned on.

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