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Commenter-Friendly Anti-Spam Plugin

Monday my Akismet spam plugin caught 97 spam commentsYes, that’s right, 97!  At least they were caught, but I really wish that they hadn’t shown up at all.  Spam takes time to deal with, is usually unpleasant if not down-right evil, and reduces the quality of blogging life.

So what was I to do? I don’t like captcha codes.  I did not want to make it hard for my friends to comment, and I personally find those captcha codes difficult to use. Sometimes a difficult captcha code even stops me from leaving a comment.

Then I remembered Blogging with AmyHer comment form has a little box to click to prove you’re not a spammer.  Very simple for the commenter.  And, Amy being Amy, she tells you the name of the plug in:  Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin.

I simply went to my dashboard, searched for the plugin, plugged it in, and got rid of my huge spam traffic.  Tuesday I had 0 spam comments–yes, zero So simple, and so satisfying. 

Now when I blog I have:

  • No more filtering through offensive messages to verify that there’s no valid comment mixed in…or just deleting all that spam and hoping no friend’s comment is deleted as well.
  • No more stupid, offensive, or wicked ideas coming at me from my own blog.
  • More joy, purity, and peace.

The Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin works for me! 

Disclosure: I am in no way compensated for telling you about the Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin nor about Blogging with Amy.  I’m just sharing some information that makes blogging more pleasant for me.

–For more helpful tips see  No Ordinary Blog Hop, Encourage One Another Wednesday, Women Living Well Wednesdays, Works For Me Wednesday , and Raising Homemakers.


  1. Sarah says:

    Sounds like a great idea. So glad that you haven’t gone down the captcha code route-it is so frustrating getting them wrong time after time and so difficult to work out letters and numbers that run into each other.

  2. Jenn4him says:

    I noticed it the other day and applaud you! That is a ton of spam! I hate captcha, too. Blogger changed theirs to even more cumbersome captcha. I really wish people would turn it off and just moderate comments. Usually they have both which is redundant. Checking a simple box is easy. 🙂

  3. JoAnn says:

    I didn’t even see the box the other day, so one of my comments might have been considered a spam. 🙂 I will definitely look into this.

  4. Kim says:

    I will add my voice to those who dislike Captcha! I use Akismet, but am glad to see something else I can use, too. I have seen those little check boxes. It’s nice to know what they are.
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Annie Kate says:

      You’re welcome.

  5. Hi, Annie Kate,
    Thank you for this useful content 🙂 I will see if I can get ‘er done!

  6. Carrie says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! (I don’t think I can say that enough times!!) 🙂 We were getting over 100 spam comments a day and it got old fast. I just installed this plugin…YAY!

    1. Annie Kate says:

      You’re welcome, Jacqueline and Carrie.

  7. Audra Silva says:

    I use Akismet, but then have to wade through the garbage to find the ones accidently marked as spam. I just re-installed an anti-spam one I used to use again. If it doesn’t cut spam way down, I may try this one. 🙂

    1. Annie Kate says:

      As mentioned, I use both Akismet and this new Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin.

      To update, I’ve had less than a dozen spammy comments in the last week…and they looked more like ‘human’ spam. I’m so happy with it!

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