Chances are you’ve gotten a few comments that sort of read like they’re legitimate comments but something just seems off. The problem centers around the fact that there are computer generated comments that read well enough to get around our spam filters. In most cases the program randomly picks text from a large database of many options.
Yesterday, a friend of mine pointed to this comment submitted his WordPress site. In this case, the program messed up and didn’t send just one random message, it sent what looks like all of them. So, if you’re interested in glancing through a nearly 600-line example of all sorts of spam you may receive, you’ll get a better idea of what comment spam looks like.
Here’s a simple thing you can do to speed up your site a bit: Empty your comment spam.
To do this, log into your Dashboard, select the Comments, then Spam at the top of the page. From there, find the Empty Spam button and click it. Depending on how many spam comments you have it might take a full minute, but when done, the page will refresh and your spam count will be reset to zero.
I’ve been testing the Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin on a few other WordPress sites I run and it seems to just about eliminate comment spam that gets through the other measures we’ve installed. So, if you interested you can check out the details through the previous link and then let me know if you’d like me to turn it on for your library’s site.