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How to discourage spamming on a blog?
I am getting around 50 comments per day and 45 of them are sure to be spam. It is a waste of time to go through all these comments. Help needed. Blog is on blogger.
Instead of using the default comments functionality on Blogger, try using Disqus or Facebook comments. I know this is easy to do on Wordpress blogs, not so sure about Blogger though.
Too bad for those on Blogger, on Wordpress.com Akismet does a good job. It seems, though, that Akismet can be coupled with the Disqus comment system on Blogger to effectively block spam.
Most comments you're getting are from spam bots and there's no way to discourage them, you have to prevent them. You can add a captcha to your posts by going to settings and enabling Word Verification if I remember correctly or force people to only comment if they have a google account.
Captcha may not be the best idea: it is said to drive away comments. It does in my case, anyway: I never comment where there's a captcha.
Indeed when I used captcha the comments were really low.
I find it strange how people are saying that captcha drives people away. If someone really wants to comment then something as minor as captcha shouldn't put them off. Intelligent people know why its there, I have captcha on my blog and have no problems, I have loads of comments and hardly any spamming. Usually those who spam are people and not robots when captcha is in place, its harder.
Captcha effectively drives quite a lot of people away. I haven't found any info on the level of intelligence of those who don't care to enter them, though. Perhaps you might let us have some feedback on that?
By the way, it would have been more appropriate to post your 'answer' as a comment on the first answer.
... should have been a comment
Adding and configuring a moderation filter which automatically deletes the unwanted mesages/spams