Hello. It was a relief this morning to find I have no spam to check through. I could just zap the whole lot in one fell swoop, but occasionally there is a genuine comment in there, so rather than lose that one I scan through before I zap. It may take only a few seconds, but to keep on top of it I might check the spam folder several times a day, dumping as I go. If I didn't I would have 100+ to scan through, and that can get really annoying.
Spam is generated automatically, a human sets it up initially, but from then on it appears at set times. The comments follow a pattern, same ones over and over again. Some are in another language, easy to spot, they will get zapped whether they are genuine or not. Some spam comes through from account holders, meaning their name is a link to their site, they want to place a free add on my blog, Their comments are often complimentary, but do not relate to the post they are replying to. Some have only one word. If someone cannot be bothered to string a few words together, they get zapped.
I have disabled the anonymous option for the time being. I'm sorry if this upsets genuine readers who want to comment, but can't because they don't have an account. You could set up an account with Google, it's free. You could sign up for a blog with Blogger, and not make any entries, that would enable you to comment on any Blogger blog. I have put a button on the top of my sidebar to subscribe to this blog, but to be honest I'm not sure how that works.
I have checked other blogs for a link to subscribe but haven't found any. My questions to Bloggers are.....
Do you allow anonymous comments?
How much spam do you get?
Do you use word verification?
Does that work?
How are people subscribing to your blog?
If I was a business I would accept it as part of the working day, but this is my hobby, I can only allocate so much time to it.
Thank you for replying.
Catch up later.
7 hours ago