Akismet Vs. Growmap Anti-Spambot
Hello my valued readers.
I am constantly trying to better everything on this blog; be it the writing to provide value, or the technical side to give my readers a great experience. I have been on a blog called ‘I Need Discipline’, and how appropriate is the blog title? I’m doing a lot of freelancing work lately and I’ll tell you, it’s difficult juggling two jobs and a blog. But, here I am.
I visited previously mentioned blog and came across a very nifty plugin. Do you know Akismet? I’ll tell ya, everybody swears by it. And I mean everybody in the blogging empire business cannot stop either raving about it, or suggesting it is absolutely essential. Well, I have been using Akismet since I started this blog back in September ’10 and I still have 1650 blog comments I need to go through to separate the spam chaff from the comment wheat. I don’t know when I’ll get to finish that, and I know a blog loses users if their comments are not moderated on a daily basis. So I came across the…
Growmap AntiSpambot Plugin
I don’t want to give you a boring write-up, you can get that here. What Growmap does is place a small checkbox underneath your comment box (around there where the CommentLuv and ‘Sub if you want all the comments to come to your inbox’ checkbox). And if you want your comment to appear on the blog (which spammers want, because they think it gives them backlinks and they promote whatever cheese they are promoting), you have to check the box saying ‘Confirm you are not a spammer’ – and the last time I heard, a spam bot can’t do that.
I think, along with my other favorites, this plugin is the best thing since sliced bread. The problem for me is I want to encourage comments on my site so people can receive linklove and a small community may be created. I have also thought comments should equal traffic, and that hypothesis appears to be hogwash. I used to sit in front of my wife’s PC while I’m waiting for her and go through the spam comments Akismet has banned and separate the spam from the ones that may seem legitimate. I even had some people complain that their comments aren’t appearing.
I already have a lot to do, and going through the Akismet-process just adds to my load. And besides, I wanted to know who are real people and start a conversation with them, but with Akismet its difficult to tell the difference. I reckon with Growmap all this hassle will be sorted. If you want your comment here, you have to click the check box saying ‘click to confirm you are not a spammer’. It makes sense, because I was tired of replying to peoples commented with a ‘L’ on my forehead.
I have exchanged Akismet (which you needed an API Key for) for Growmap and I will give you an update here as my experience progresses.
Stop dreaming and make it happen!