Spam Protection in a WordPress Blog

May 11th, 2013 in Small Business and topic/s . Comments Off

I know this is old news, and that everyone knows how bad spam is on blogs, but I thought I’d share a screenshot of what my blog is telling this morning.

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What you see is an actual screenshot from this blog, and it says Akismet has protected this site from 108,241 spam comments.

Akismet was only installed about 6 months ago, so you can see how much spammy activity there is online. I even made the decision a few weeks ago to delete all old comments, right back to 2005, because I don’t have the time to sift through all comments and work out which ones were spammy, or check to make sure that previous commenter’s websites were still live.

Considering that WordPress sites are a prime target for spammers, activating the Akismet plugin is absolutely worth it. I also delete all comments that Akismet doesn’t pick up when they have even a hint of spamminess to them. I recommend you do the same.

In addition, I now also have a message in the sidebar requiring a real name for any commenter. Yes, it’s sad, but the Internet is filled with too many people who want to ruin it for us all. So, if you’d like to comment, please do. But be warned, Akismet is watching :-)

Launching a new business website hints and tips.

September 16th, 2012 in Small Business and topic/s , , , . Comments Off

When you have a new website to launch, especially if it’s a small website and you know it’s going to get lost in the search results, then you know how important SEO, but I think a lot of people confuse their intentions thinking they only need to rank #1 in Google and suddenly they’ll have all the customers they want.

In reality it doesn’t seem to work like this. Now when I launch a new website I think a bit more carefully about what the goals of the website are. Would I like customers who call me, would I like people to buy a product directly from my website, or am I only interested in getting traffic so they click ads?

Anyone who has been online marketing for as long as I have will tell you that every website is different, but the old days of getting a site to #1 in Google just aren’t useful for many websites now. So I work differently. Now I see the website as a site that has the business contact details and descriptions of products or services, but the real selling is done on other sites now.

So launching a new website becomes easier, and also more difficult. Anyone can create a website, and with the right tools such as WordPress, you don’t even really need to worry about on-page SEO anymore, just install a plugin to do all that for you.
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eBay Quits Selling Horoscopes and Work from Home Products

August 21st, 2012 in Small Business and topic/s , . Comments Off

An interesting development happened yesterday over at eBay, the world’s larger auction website, and a serious competitor to Amazon because of the “Buy it Now” option that many sellers take advantage of.

What happened? eBay decided that from the end of this month they will no longer allow sellers to offer certain intangible products such as horoscope readings, tarot card readings, curses, spells, and advice.

Actually their announcement lists “advice; spells; curses; hexing; conjuring; magic; prayers; blessing services; magic potions; healing sessions; work from home businesses & information; wholesale lists, and drop shop lists.
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