There is no one who wants his/her site to have a bad reputation. And one notable thing that could give your blog a bad reputation is spams. To be honest, I personally find spams annoying and I know that you must have encountered them before. But first, we need to know what these words mean. Let’s take a look at these three words: spam, spamming and spammer.
WHAT IS A sPAM?
According to Webopodia.com, spam is an electronic junk mail or junk newsgroup postings. Some people define spam even more generally as any unsolicited email. You can receive some unsolicited emails but they may not be spams. Real spams are aimed at email advertising and fraud.
WHAT IS SPAMMING?
Yes, you are right. If spam is the noun, therefore spamming must be the verb. Spamming is the act of sending unsolicited emails to people. This is most of the time done through the use of bots which send rapidly send emails to email addresses automatically.
If you are caught spamming you are a spammer. Bots that spam is called spambots.
Spamming today is popularly done through the use of spambots. To be honest, spammers are lazy and they don’t have that time to reach out to all email addresses manually. That is why they employ spambots to crawl into your contact form or comment box and do the job for them.
Now supposedly you have a contact form on your website or blog, that you would want your visitors to contact you with. Instead of receiving emails from these visitors, you start getting irrelevant emails that are not related to your blog content or niche. The emails may be telling you of a long lost relative that needs money to return home. Or even on your comments box, these spambots will start posting random stuff and links on pointing to several websites thereby shifting visitors from your site.
These spams can get on your nerves, and you may even be tempted to take down your comment box. But you don’t need to worry any more. I’ve got your back and you do not need to worry about this any longer because there is a way. A good and effective way solve it.
USING RECAPTCHAs – THE ULTIMATE SPAM BLOCKER
What is reCAPTCHA? According to Wikipedia.com, reCAPTCHA is a CAPTCHA-like system designed to establish that a computer user is human. reCAPTCHA stop spambots from having their way on your contact form or comment box. Though they can fill in the fields of the form, they cannot succeed in submitting it. This is a very useful tool and it has been helping a whole lot of internet users over the years in the world today.
CAPTCHA is an accronymn for Completely Automated Public Turing Test to Tell Computers and Humans Apart
HOW DO RECAPTCHAs WORK?
This is how reCAPTCHA work. Before the user clicks the submit button, a test is given to the user to confirm if he’s human. If the user passes the test he is allowed to proceed and he’s identified as a human. If the user fails, the user is identified as a bot and his request is immediately blocked.
HOW DO I MAKE USE OF RECAPTCHAS ON MY BLOG TO BLOCK SPAMMERS?
You need to first register to reCAPTCHA providers such as Google reCAPTCHA. After which users are given secret keys that they can use to activate it on their website. These secret keys are not meant to be revealed to anyone. After getting your secret keys, you can now activate reCAPTCHA on your forms and comment boxes.
HOW TO BLOCK SPAMS FOR WORDPRESS BLOGS
On WordPress, there are a lot of cool plugins that can help you block spams on your comment boxes and contact forms. Some are free while some, you’ll need to pay an amount of money, One popular plugin that comes with every new WordPress site that blocks spam is Akismet. Get Akismet today on your WordPress site and stay spam-free.
Now that you are informed, I would recommend you go forth and tell your friends that own a website/blog, and that is facing this same issue how they can resolve theirs too.