Stopping Spammers Using Free Practical Methods
Stopping spammers is simple with these easy to follow steps contained within the content of this article. Whether you own a website for business or a site from whence you blog, you have most likely experienced the annoyance of dealing with pesky spammers hitting your subscriber list or leaving non-commenting comments awaiting moderation. If nothing else, these spammers have succeeded in at least steeling you of time that could have been spent on more valuable productivity.
In the world of search engine optimization and social media competing for drawing traffic to a given website, many blogs have started publishing referer information as a way of lining back to people who are linking to them. We all do this as a way of hopefully broadening the conversation. But along with every meaningful strategy comes the other side of the coin. As a result, all of us sooner or later experience a rise in what is called referer spam.
Originally a misspelling of “referrer” known as HTTP referer is an HTTP header field. For the purpose of this article, I will refer to it as the misspelled version “referer.” This HTTP referer identifies the address of the webpage, typically known as a URI or IRI that linked to a specific page or resource existing on the other end. By checking the HTTP referer, the “other end” (your webpage) can track where the request for opening your page came from.
Stopping spammers from what has become known as “referer spam” should be considered a critical part of securing your website. Referer spam is simply sending fake referer information to popularize a given spammer’s website at your website’s expense. If left unattended, the clutter of such spam can lead to all kinds of functionality problems on your own site, let alone that you’re jeopardizing your own subscriber list in too many ways to go into within the context of this article.
Security measures aimed at stopping spammers from forging a referer have proven to be limited. Let’s face it! There is no security mechanism anywhere that is 100% effective! If it claims to be, it’s being oversold and for security, I’d forgo it. But there are measures you can take depending on a few variables that can be as high as 99% effective.
You could probably find dozens of articles on stopping spammers by simply searching the net. My focus here is not to sell you on any thing. But rather to offer you simple, free and practical ways to not only stopping spammers from hitting your site, but turning your efforts of stopping spammers into an engaging “fighting back” approach at stopping spammers.
What do I mean? Well, for those of you who’ve been around the block more than a few times too many on this issue, this will probably be old school. But if you came to this page because you’re frustrated with spammers, you might come away with an enlightened approach to getting a grip on it and finally taking control of this maddening occurrence.
This page you’re presently viewing is a WordPress site. I will not attempt to discuss others out there. I will only directly address stopping spammers on a WordPress site since that is where my experience comes from. But whether it’s Blogger or any other blog publishing service, many plugin solutions do exist. Let me talk to you about one specific free plugin.
For WordPress users, consider the Stop Spammer Registrations plugin. Even if you’re not a WordPress user, go to the site and take a hard review as to how this plugin works at stopping spammers dead in their tracks. The general information you’ll gain may lead you to the source you’re looking for.
Whether you choose to use this plugin or not, let me suggest that you go ahead and register in the three most important sites suggested by the plugin developer. By doing so, you will be given free access to using each site’s verification system by a simple copy and paste of the suspected IP, user name, email, or domain (that has shown up on your site) into each of the three given site’s search engine that will appear on your dashboard upon login.
These sites, all of which are mentioned by the Stop Spammer Registrations plugin developer, are:
Registering to use these sites are free. There is nothing to buy. Nor do you need to retrieve an API Key to be able to use their services. The Stop Spammer Registrations plugin suggests retrieving an API Key only as an added beneficial feature available within that plugin itself. I have personally activated the API Key features with each of these sites since it allows me to report spammer activities as a way of giving me a sense of fighting back against their activities while the plugin does a fantastic job of stopping spammers before they can ever reach the doorsteps of my site.
If you’re tired of the spamming and want a way to take charge of dealing with stopping spammers, check it and let me know what you think.