A new WordPress site: the one thing that's needed on the Internet

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Hello World a new Ohio Real Estate site

I have a new WordPress.org site and the spam is killing me.  The spam is so funny.  A lot of the comment spam is so flattering.  My new WordPress site has already got a lot of comment spam including a very flattering comment from a German land (?) site:

"You are so cool! I do not believe I’ve truly read through a single thing like this before. So great to discover another person with some original thoughts on this topic. Really.. many thanks for starting this up. This site is one thing that’s needed on the internet, someone with some originality!"

I am cool!

My Delaware County, Ohio real estate site is "the one thing that's needed on the Internet"

The Internet is complete now!  Stop trying.  I completed the Internet.  How cool!  The flattering comment was on a Delaware County, Ohio real estate market report.  They get traffic.  They show up nicely in the search engines but they seldom get rave reviews. 

Thank goodness for spam filters.  We really don't see that much of the spam here on ActiveRain to appreciate how funny spam can be.  It's funny when it is safely caught by spam filters and you can see the link is to something in the Phillipines from a site with a German domain. 

Comic relief! 

My new WordPress.org site is very much a work in progress. 

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Tammie White
TW Realty Group, Franklin TN, South of Nashville
Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net

I am working on a new WP site but didn't even consider that spam might occur in the comments. Hmm, I wonder if there is a way to filter that?

October 20, 2012 07:05 AM
Rainmaker
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Anita Clark
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055

Maureen: It is a sign of the times...folks looking for quick links.  I just had my husband check my WP site and the Akismet Plugin has caught 10,447 spam messages (97,34% accuracy) in the 2 years my WP blog has been up.  I can't imagine not having some type of filtering in-place.

October 20, 2012 07:12 AM
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David Grbich
Orange County Real Estate - 949-500-0484
Ventana Coastal Properties - www.FindCARealEstate.com

Hi Maureen, I always disable comments on my WP site - it will be 99.9% spam which is unfortunate but not worth the time for me to sift through the comments. Regards Dave

October 20, 2012 07:13 AM
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
Columbus Ohio Real Estate
HER Realtors

Tammy Yes, you have settings on your dashboard for discussion (I think that's what the comment setting are on.) Get Akismet or another added protection and it is fine.  I get a lot of spam on my other WP.org site but I seldom even look at it.

Akismet is great.

Anita  I had Akismet shortly after I started my site in 2007. Then I tried another spam filter plugin.  Loved it.  When they disappeared I went back to Akismet on my Columbus site that is NOT all real estate.

Dave  I would never turn off comments on my blog.  I don't have the comments turned on, on pages but Askimet keeps the comments on the blog on my site I stated in 2007 very, very controlled.  I don't expect a lot of discussion other than spammy real estate agents... but perhaps this site will surprise me. 

October 20, 2012 07:13 AM
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Randy Ostrander
Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI
Lake and Lodge Realty LLC

Good morning Maureen. Very cool to be so cool. lol. I often wonder even here on the Rain if the person commenting read the post they commented on or just needed a few points they could do nothing with. Have a great weekend.

October 20, 2012 07:23 AM
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
Columbus Ohio Real Estate
HER Realtors

Randy I am again turning off comments for awhile when I post something on ActiveRain for consumers because of the mindless commenting here for points.  To me the "Great market report and have a great day" cut and paste comments are no better than the bots as far as conversation but they do not have the same comic relief.  I appreciate them just moving along and putting their crappy comments on someone else's post who appreciated them.  Perhaps the ActiveRain cut and paste commenters could adopt a more over the top approach with more flattery for comic relief.  

October 20, 2012 07:31 AM
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Jerry Newman
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation
Green Home Realty, 210-789-4216,www.Selling-SanAntonioHomes.com

Hi Maureen. I am in the process of updating my Wordpress site too. I did noticed that at one time I was just getting to much spam and some not so pleasant comments, so I disabled all the comments. I know having these spam filters is our best choice to reduce all those unwanted comments.

October 20, 2012 09:42 AM
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
Columbus Ohio Real Estate
HER Realtors

Jerry I get very, very few real comments on my first WordPress blog. I had two members of ActiveRain comment spamming me for awhile...using keywords in place of name they got banned from the site.  I have a lot of comments left as Columbus DUI lawyer, Columbus commercial realtor, Columbus Locksmith but I adopted a comment policy when one member of ActiveRain was encouraging other members to go out and spam others sites with keywords instead of their name.  

When I get real comments it is really, really worth it. 

Even without Akismet the settings on a WP.org blog should keep anything from showing up.  Akismet learns as you spam comments it holds in moderation.  I am bad about looking in comments for real comments, that Akismet thinks are Spam so the semi spammy among us will probably stay in the spam filter.   The real comments get through fine.

October 20, 2012 10:03 AM
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Michele Connors
Your Eastern North Carolina Realtor
The Overton Group, LLC & CB First Realty

what is your opinion for IDX plugin and who do you use ? I am converting an old website (Advanced Access) to a WP and looking for the best user friendly tools to help me manage it the best I can...any WP tools and suggestions are great - Like your comments on the spam filter Akismet. Thanks

November 25, 2012 02:18 PM
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
Columbus Ohio Real Estate
HER Realtors

I'm in a board where they discourage agents from having an idx.  Not that agents don't.  You have to get papers signed...by the broker saying you can.   I need to.  We are supposed to link to our brokers idx, we get our leads but still I need to get my own.

November 25, 2012 04:14 PM
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