A few weeks ago, I posted an entry about how I felt like I was being failed by Akismet. Since posting that, I noticed an upswing in spam comments – to the tune of at least one spam comment per minute.
If you’ve left a comment on my blog lately and it didn’t show up, I’m afraid Akismet has failed me completely.
— Rachel Lynn Brody (@girl_onthego) April 21, 2014
— Akismet (@akismet) April 21, 2014
When I despaired about it on Twitter, Akismet told me to email them – but several days passed without a reply, and I was taking way too much time looking through spam to make sure no comments got lost in their journey to being posted.
Fast forward to today. I mentioned again that I couldn’t get my comments to work correctly, and so had limited posting to just those who were logged in and registered. @The7thMatrix piped up:
— The 7th Matrix (@The7thMatrix) April 26, 2014
I was hesitant to go check out Disqus because I hate having to learn new blogging tricks (I’m still stuck on working out how to make AdSense work on my site, because the last time I tried it was very confusing and frustrating, but a few minutes later a friend PM’d me on Facebook to say that she hadn’t been able to leave a comment on my last entry.
Well, that was the final straw. What was the point of not getting spam if real commenters were going to get blocked, too?!
Signing up for Disqus was so easy that at first I wasn’t sure if what I’d done had worked. But sure enough, I went back to my page and not only did the comment field look different – someone had already left a comment using the new software! Without me having to personally approve it!
So if you’re looking for an easy way to get your blog comments working more efficiently, I recommend Disqus. Highly. Will keep everyone posted if I run into any hitches, but so far, I’m pretty darn pleased.
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