Fighting Blog Spam at the Server Level

Tom Raftery has an interesting blog entry on how use your web server’s .htaccess configuration file to help reduce the amount of comment and referrer spam your WordPress journal receives.

While Tom uses the excellent WordPress plugin Spam Karma to protect his page and provide information to assist in his spam monitoring, his advice on how to use your server’s own filtering features will work with most web sites, regardless of content.

The developer of Spam Karma also has another tool called Ref Karma that works along similar lines and can be used to protect most websites with a spot of PHP scripting.

None of the advice above is overly complicated, but does involve some experience with scripting and server configuration, so be prepared to do a little background reading if this is new to you.

2 thoughts on “Fighting Blog Spam at the Server Level”

  1. While Tom uses the excellent WordPress plugin Spam Karma to protect his page

    Tom does not use Spam Karma. That’s the point of his article. He does not use any spam plugins, just .hraccess, ref karma, and wordpress 1.5’s own spam fighting technology.

  2. Oops … this entry was based on an earlier post on Tom’s site where he was still using Spam Karma.

    I’ve posted an update with reference to Tom’s latest entry on working without that plugin.

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