G.A.S.P! Growmap Anti-Spam Plugin
Stops Spam Bots In Their Tracks!
“Frustrating” doesn’t begin to sum up the emotions of seeing our blogs bombarded by JUNK day after day…
… and having to waste our precious time sorting through it least we accidentally lose a friend’s post in the mix!
Are you ready for a plugin that gets rid of 95% or more of that spam for you? And doesn’t give you a headache or slow down your blog?
Two Types of Spam
There are two types of spam being generated today.
Majority of what we’re hit with is actually coming from “bots” which are nothing more than a piece of computer software. They generate somewhere in the range of 95% of the spam.
This plugin stops bots in their tracks!
There is still spam being hand generated however. Somewhere in the range of 5% and a lot (not all) of it generated by low wage oursourcers paid to do linkbuilding.
This plugin will not stop the human generated variety of spam. (Check out GASP Pro for that) However, since it cuts the total spam volume by 95% or more… this isn’t such a bad deal!
Why Don’t You Just Use XYZ plugin?
There are a ton of plugins out there and I’ve tested or been involved in assisting with testing many of them!
There are some that do a relatively decent job particularly when STACKED with a second plugin. Dual protection methods are a bit like dual contraceptives, the most effective way to prevent you from getting something ya might not be wanting!
Akismet has been the default favorite, but they’ve done some things that have hurt bloggers… More info here and here.
You can read more about some of the other alternatives and why many bloggers have given up on them here at Gail’s site: http://www.growmap.com/growmap-anti-spambot-plugin/
Be sure to stack only different types of plugins (ie: Defensio + GASP), as stacking the same type (Defensio + Akismet) gains you nothing and probably is going to create blog slow down and may generate conflicts.
Introducing G.A.S.P. – Growmap Anti-Spambot Plugin
A simple, light weight (doesn’t slow my site down unlike many), “works right out of the box”, plugin that reduces my spam volume by 95% or more….
….with ZERO false positives and ZERO false wrong answers and ZERO hard to read scribbles!
The settings are simple and set to “just work” and you only need to adjust these if you want to use different wording (useful if you find “spammer” a bit harsh).
Created by two people you likely already know and love… Andy Bailey (creator of commentluv) and Gail (author/owner of Growmap.com) you rest assured that you’re getting a solid, stable, lightweight plugin that consistently WORKS and if it something should happen that Gail is providing lots of generous support for!
Go Get G.A.S.P. – And Lend A Hand To Help!
The G.A.S.P. plugin (Growmap Anti-Spambot Plugin) is officially in the WordPress repository which means its easy to find by using the plugin search from within your blog.
Plugins -> Add New – > Search -> growmap -> install!
Similar to a lot of other plugins, you will not see it appear on your blog if you are logged in. Sign out to have a look at it.
If you are using the plugin please visit the GrowMap Anti-Spambot WordPress plugin page at the repository and indicate that “it works” so that bloggers who do not know Andy and Gail will know to trust it. I’m asking you to help out here.
Until I upgraded to GASP Pro, this was the only anti-spam solution I was running… yeah seriously!
When coupled with a good comment policy and some use of the trash/spam buttons it’s did an effective job at keeping the bots at bay.
Also, if you’re having serious trouble with trackback spam and you don’t want to use this plugins option to disable all trackbacks (something I don’t do) you may want to pick up the Simple Trackback Validation plugin to assist with that.
G.A.S.P. is an awesome little plugin that is really going to help take a bite out of your spam numbers. The older your blog is the more bot traffic you are generating and the more you need to get your hands on this plugin!
If you’ve previously picked up Block Spam By Math or Si Captcha per my prior recommendation, I highly suggest swapping them out for this nice little plugin.
If you got any questions at all, drop them in the box below and lets chat!
What are you currently using for spam prevention methods and how is it working for you? What is your favorite current method? Are there plugins you’ve tried that left you disappointed? If you’ve already reviewed the plugin on your blog, be sure to leave me the link to that post so I can come visit!
Once you’ve installed the plugin, I hope you’ll drop back in and leave us a second follow up comment on how it’s treating you!
Love GASP but looking for something more? Check out GASP Pro!
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