Blog Spam filter – Mollom vs Akismet

Category : blogs, Drupal, Tips, Wordpress

Spam for bloggers is a big pain, you need to go over 20-80 spam comments to get a single genuine comment. There are, however, applications that automatically filter your comments.  I have used  Mollom and Akismet quite a bit, and in this article will try to explain the differences between them.

Both Mollom and Akismet try to automatically get rid of spam comments, but do it in a slightly different way.

Akismet

Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not. If Akismet thinks the comment is a spam it puts it in the spam queue, and you get no notification about it. I found Akismet to be very accurate in finding spam. I found 1 false positive (spam which was not really spam) out of thousands of spam messages.

Major strengths -

  • Well integrated with WordPress look and feel – provides a seamless experience to the user and blog owner.
  • Comes as default for WordPress – This is a very strong advantage, because most people use defaults.
  • Does not use CAPTCHA - some real users find CAPTCHA really hard to work with.

Major weaknesses -

  • Blog owners still needs to go though the spam queue and find genuine comments and empty the spam queue

Mollom

Mollom is a web service that helps you identify content quality and, more importantly, helps you stop spam on your blog, social network or community website. Mollom works very much like Akismet – the major difference is that if Mollom thinks the comment is spam, it provides the submitter of the comment a CAPTCHA challenge (and only when a possible spam is detected and not always like other CAPTCHA solutions). If the submitter fills in the CAPTCHA correctly, them Mollom sends the comment to the pending queue, no comments ever get to the spam queue.

Major strengths -

  • Near zero spam management, comments never get to your spam queue.
  • Integrates well with Drupal
  • Does not use CAPTCHA unless it absolutely needs to (users only see the CAPTCHA if Mollom thinks their comment is spam)

Major weaknesses -

  • The current Mollom WordPress plugin does not provide a seamless integration with WordPress theme -  in cases were CAPTCHA is presented to the user, the CAPTCHA is shown in a separate pages that does not look like your blog.

Both Mollom and Akismet provide an amazing service to bloggers worldwide. The differences between them are subtle but important. For this blog I use Akismet because I want a seamless integration with the theme of the blog, but for an older blog I am maintaining, I use Mollom because I can’t be bothered to check its spam queue.

Think about your blog requirement and choose the best filter for you.

Schedule Post on WordPress and Enjoy Fiji

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Category : Best practices, blogs, Wordpress

While this post is being published, I am resting on the beach in a Fiji resort and have probably forgotten about computers, internet, R&D, and anything other than R&R.
How do I enjoy a vacation in Fiji while still keeping my “one post per week” rule? I use WordPress excellent Schedule build-in mechanisms. Here is how you can do it too -

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How to Get Free Open Source Photos for Your Website and Presentations

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Category : blogs, Open source, Tips



Visuals aids such as photos, are very important because they help you pass information and feelings, attract attention, maintain concentration, and help explain abstract concepts. Most professional presenters use photos and other images in their presentation. I personally find that the audience is better tuned when I present images than words.
The problem is that most images cost money – most photographers want you to pay royalties for the images you use.
Lucky enough, there are many images released under an open source license called creative commons
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Make money blogging by making blogging a part of your job description

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Category : blogs, Tips

I have been making money blogging. A lot of money blogging. In the last 5 years I have calculated that I have earned above 70,000 USD in blogging alone. And I have managed to do so very easily and without marketing or any other related costs. The money was guaranteed every month and I got free editing and proofing services.

Here is my simple secret.

I have made Blogging a part of my job description. In the last 5 years I have been working for an open source company with only 20 employees, and for the one of the biggest and most profitable hi-tech companies in the world, with more than 80,000 employees worldwide. And they both paid me to blog as part of my job.

And you can do it too:
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