What a crap few weeks! 🙁 Been quiet here due to sorting out other things, offline and online (like I mentioned in the last post) which set me back a bit but hey ho, no harm done…

But I got bloody man flu now too which is making me feel like shit in general, ah well, life ain’t meant to be all plain sailing, but being ill sucks, thankfully I am now on the tail end of it.

Still, a break can be good for many reasons, funnily enough I noticed a few interesting things that you might like to know, might not, but anyway, I thought I’d share a few things… at least get a bloody post up and get back into my rhythm again. 😉

For one thing I get NO SPAM comments anymore… 🙂  Aye, a good thing, it’s freed up some time to do other stuff for sure… and I’ll share about that too. 😀

It might help you, might not, I’m sharing anyway…

No posting does not mean no traffic, more so when using commentluv

It’s good to see the traffic still coming here daily, shows that the work and effort put in over the months is always worth it in the long run and interesting to note that much of the traffic is through commentluv links on comments left elsewhere, something else to note, it’s the better comments left that get the biggest hits…  whodathunkit!? 😆

Another thing about it is blog post titles matter… a good reason for it’s (commentluv) success is the fact it changes the whole concept of comments adding to a conversation, whatever the said blog and comments conversation is.

The old way was just a link in the name field to our main url, (as it still is) and the comment alone was the only added benefit to both sides but now with commentluv allowing you to have specific post (which is also keyworded, ie related, if you done it right) linked to after adding the good comment as well as the main url in the name field, it’s easy to add another dimension to the post comments conversation, IE, leaving a link related to the post itself is benefiting everyone, so you benefit others twice, once with the good comment, and once with a related link, and that link is much more likely to get clicked than a name field url… it’s more appealing for a start.

As these links vary as much as you vary them, you can have related links to several different post on several different blogs, depending on what you wrote about, and it means traffic is still coming regardless of whether I post or not, from several different places… stop posting and it doesn’t mean traffic dies, or course it will be less than if you do post, that’s just common sense and no-one needs to tell anyone that… 😉

Commentluv allows you to have up to 10 of your post linked to, so you have enough to scatter within decent comments on decent blogs to keep the juice flowing.

I see people saying they MUST post daily to keep traffic and I think for myself it’s not true, only you know – if you test it. 😉

Posting more often will increase traffic some I admit, but so would marketing the damn blog more without having to write daily… swings and roundabouts. And leaving good comments on blogs IS marketing. 😉

Good comments, not spam!

Want less spam? Of course you do

Spam is not marketing, though it’s pushers are persistent!

Or… they were until they come up to more blogs (like mine!) with the great new antispam plug in which is working… a treat!

This antispam plug in (G.A.S.P) is created by the same person as the commentluv one, Andy Bailey. Though also brought about with Gail from growmap, who shared it with me.

No more spam, bye bye bots. 😀

The one good thing about blogger was the sheer lack of spamming, but hey ho, wordpress is just too good to leave and go back to blogger (for now at least) 😉 ok… maybe for good, so it’s something wordpress users just have to deal with, combat, get pissed off over,  and things have just took a great leap forward with this new plug in I think.

You can see it’s set up below, having a tickable box which only humans can do, not bot’s means 99% of the spam crap is getting nowhere! 🙂

Now we can stop relying on askimet, – (even though it was and is a good plug in to use) – though I have yet to turn that off, I am seeing almost nothing of spam anyway, askimet was never perfect as Gail documents, it often wrongly labeled people as spammers, heck it’s happened to one commenter here on numerous occasions even though he had already posted good comments here several times before. He needs me to turn askimet off… I know Jason… 😉 I will. 😀

WordPress users would do well to add this new antispam plug in to their armoury, seeing as it’s outperformed all the others I have tried so far. 😉 If anything it will just free up your time, time not wasted dealing with 100’s or more of spammy crap daily.

It’s also helped in removing the captcha code crap, which is easy to get wrong, or just play up… a ticked box is infinitely easier to deal with and better understood by everyone. 😉

So, that’s a 10 out of 10, on the 10.10.10. to Andy for creating two fantastic plug ins that have massively benefited me as a wordpress user. 😉

What next? Well, add them if you use wordpress, if not, please share this post, leave a comment, or “like it” below, or subscribe, buy me a beer, or something … thanks. 😉

G.A.S.P, 10.10.10 and no spam!
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34 thoughts on “G.A.S.P, 10.10.10 and no spam!

  • October 11, 2010 at 12:20 am

    Just installed GASP on my 2 blogs the other day, and bid farewell to Akismet, finally 😀 Was really excited to install it when Gail emailed me the plugin. This really is good news for the community, since a lot are being victimized by Akismet and mollom.

    So that’s why you were away for a while. I was checking up on your blog these past 2 weeks and thought you were out of town.


    • October 11, 2010 at 12:33 pm

      Hello Jason…

      This plug in is definitely worth using, I can’t believe such a simple solution has worked so well… 😉

      Askimet or another anti spam system could have easily added something like a simple tickbox sometime, somewhere along the line.
      Think of the sheer numbers askimet is used by and you can see the potential of this new set up’s growth. 😉

      There is no way other idiots could “flag” people as a spammer with this, unlike askimet, anyone could flag you, me, anyone as a spammer… that’s not right.

      I bet Andy’s plug ins become some of the widest used ones out there over the next year or two, growth wise. 😉
      Rob´s last blog post ..No hope for spammers

  • October 11, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Now going to test without ticking the box, this should show a warning, then allow me to tick the box WITHOUT losing the comment written here… 😉

    Works a treat… 😉

    Hopefully that reassures people that they won’t have to worry about losing a comment.

    Give it a go. 🙂 Also I have the same set up on the portland bill blog… as linked to below…
    rob sellen@portland bill´s last blog post ..Old Portland- it’s all in the language

  • October 11, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    Hey Rob, Phillip Here.
    Sorry to hear about the Man Flu, Glad your over it! Love your review of the new plugin! have just downloaded and am testing it now! have tured off Askismet as i kept people coming to me asking why I had not approved their comment so have turned Askismet off now!
    Some new bloggers can find Askismet quite confusing if they have not got an account at wordpress.com and their api key! I know I was when starting in this game!
    I must say that the commentluv plugin is great! did you know though that you can search for commentluv blogs via keywords at their new very simple site @ commentluv.com
    Anyway just wanted to leave my 2p worth for you buddy!
    Phillip Dews´s last blog post ..Is Your Blog Fully optimized for the search engines

    • October 12, 2010 at 12:25 am

      Hi Phillip,

      Welcome, 😉 yeah there has been issues with askimet in that respect, it’s not fair on those people who getting wrongly blanked, at times the blogger never sees some of them.

      Man flu is going, slowly but surely. 😉

      Yeah I knew about that and great point, a good way to find related blogs for sure. It was a smart idea for Andy to include a searchable thing like that.

      I think anything plug in wise Andy brings out is going to be worth looking at. 😉
      Rob´s last blog post ..I’ll email you- that ok take a bribe

  • October 12, 2010 at 12:04 am

    You certainly made up for the time you were out/gone/slow/missing.

    I did notice you were absent … by the way. I hope you are feeling much better by now too.

    So, you don’t have to bet me the hundred bucks because I’m on your side about the plugin — I take your word. 😉

    Talk to you soon!
    Kissie´s last blog post ..Why Am I Offended

  • October 12, 2010 at 6:32 am

    Hey Rob, long time i haven’t visited your blog 🙂

    The theme is changed! Nice, but i don’t really like the bg image, it somehow doesn’t fit the whole screen, there are white margin left and right. Not sure if you do it on purpose, but it doesn’t matter 🙂

    Read about this plugin in BTB.

    I guess the tick box “Confirm you are NOT a spammer” is from GASP?

    Since everyone uses it now (I noticed it)

    I will try it right away.

    PS: Flu bugs are everywhere, it starts to be cold in Germany. Greetings.
    Kimi´s last blog post ..WordPress Add Video To Post

    • October 12, 2010 at 11:00 am

      Hi Kimi,

      Thanks for popping back, the background has white spaces on each side? Can I ask what size your monitor is?

      Yeah that is the GASP plug in, been on here about ten days, to two weeks and works a treat. 😉

      Aye, this flu is everywhere, seems alot of the locals have it at the moment, a change in temp, everyone back at school and bosh, it spreads.

      Nasty stuff…

      Danke. 😉
      Rob Sellen´s last blog post ..Attraction factor and Missy magic…

      • October 12, 2010 at 4:03 pm


        My yes, it shows white (?) line in the left and right side. It can be because of my monitor size. It is 22″.

        I have also installed GASP plugin, but didn’t see the result yet, perhaps tomorrow 🙂

        Bitte 😀
        Kimi´s last blog post ..WordPress Add Video To Post

        • October 12, 2010 at 4:10 pm

          Hi, thanks for letting me know, yeah I guess there is a fixed width somewhere, oh well… lucky you having a fat monitor. 😛

          As for the GASP plug in, you will only see… 0 in the spam count on your dashboard.. 😆 not much to see… 😉

          Rob´s last blog post ..Techcrunch staff bad for your pc!

  • October 12, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Hey there Rob, great to see you back 😉

    I’ve been using the plugin for a few days now and it’s awesome, no spam is good news and it’s great to be able to get on with blogging without trailing through the hundreds of comments that have been listed as spam.

    Andy and Gail have done an awesome job.
    Karen @ Blazing Minds´s last blog post ..GrowMap Anti-SpamBot Plugin For WordPress a Must For Any Blogger

  • October 12, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Hey Rob, I just wanted to come and join the “spam-bot free” party over here!! This is a really fantastic feeling to have more time on my hands each day because I don’t have to moderate spam. I’m really excited about GASP because it makes me realize how my thoughts can be so much more positive every morning since I no longer need to worry about some of the down-right nasty images the spam-bots used to clutter my head with.

    Well, I just wanted to mention one more thing about Andy Bailey and ComLuv.com, it’s really easy to be a Featured Member Site if you have some ComLuv credits. Just go up to the Member link at the top of the page and you’ll see a pull down menu with the options and all the details.

    If you don’t have CommentLuv credits the easy (free) way to get them is to write smashing post about how wonderful it is!

    One last thing, please remind everyone to give GASP a good rating in the WordPress repository!!

    Thanks Rob and party on. 🙂
    Ileane´s last blog post ..GASP Another WordPress Plugin from Andy Bailey

    • October 12, 2010 at 11:24 am

      There’s a party? 😛

      Comluv is a great idea and yeah there are things on the site itself with big potential many of us miss, I have missed a few too in all honesty. 😉

      Andy certainly created a useful addition to blogging and for bloggers themselves. I think that “write a great post and gain credits” is a great marketing idea and YES Andy does give the credit, I did it myself. 😉

      The benefits of commentluv are great, for user and blogger.


  • October 13, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Comment luv’s really useful! I can understand why blog titles are incredibly important for it. I love wordpress but akismet isn’t great to be honest.. I might have to try the GASP plugin for my own blog because I’m always receiving too many silly comments! Were you ill for all of 10.10.10? Oh no! How very uncelebratory bodies can be.
    Mike @ Email Marketing Software´s last blog post ..Health and Leisure Email Marketing Review

    • October 13, 2010 at 12:41 pm

      Agreed, askimet had it’s own issues with commenters, unfairly too.

      Do try the GASP plug in it works a treat, the only issue now is the real commenters that are spam, instead of bots.

      Let us all know how you get on with it, you will like it.
      Rob´s last blog post ..I’ll email you- that ok take a bribe

    • October 13, 2010 at 12:44 pm

      Ok, thanks… now I gotta ask… are you Mike as above, you are both using the same links.

      If you used these plug ins, Mike above would know, seeing you using the same blog link….

      Not being funny but people won’t get one past me doing stuff like that, so, just wanted to clear it up with you, or Mike…

  • October 14, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    WOW! You’re number 3 on the search for GASP (or G.A.S.P.). 😀 It’s not listed on the wordpress site yet, that I could find, so I searched it out.

    Anywho… thought I would drop by here and say Hellooooo!!! Yeah, no added value with this here comment, not even a little.
    Anne Bender´s last blog post ..Aladdin Do the Reuse Challenge- Recap

    • October 14, 2010 at 10:14 pm

      Really?? Wow indeed… 🙂

      I have to say, not done anything in particular to get there… 😉

      You added no value… wtf?
      Why you tell a lie like that then? Disappointed in you Anne…

      I mean… with that avatar!! 😉 How can ya not be… 😛
      Rob´s last blog post ..I’ll email you- that ok take a bribe

      • October 14, 2010 at 10:20 pm

        Well, you always were kind to me (me thinks me head is swelling now). 🙂

        I did find it on WP, but you have to put in the full name. Maybe a suggestion to Gail and Andy to add ‘GASP’ as a searchable term for this plug-in. It’s now installed. So nice to have an alternative.

        • October 14, 2010 at 10:25 pm

          Good head to let swell… 😉

          Did you click to here from the search? 🙂 Great… if so. hope more people do that.

          As long as the word gets out, I am sure Gail or Andy will now see that suggestion you just made regarding the search within WP… sure Gail will have seen the comment you made… or will do. 🙂

          It’s tons better than askimet ever was…. my spam has literally stopped dead. 🙂 On both blogs! Woot…

          That can’t be beat… 😀
          Rob´s last blog post ..Techcrunch staff bad for your pc!

          • October 14, 2010 at 11:42 pm

            Andy has control over what appears in the Official WordPress site so we can hope he will see and act on Anne’s suggestion.

            With all the great blog posts about the plugin and each one linking to the download page at WordPress I’m sure bloggers who want it will be able to find it.

            Being spambot free is well worth looking!

            Rob, so please invite all your readers and fav bloggers into our blog collaboration. (Details in CommentLuv-featured post in this reply.) I already made you a Global Moderator so you can add details to the compilations for yourself and others.

            We are ramping up what we accomplish with one short, easy-to-implement task to greatly grow our blogs each week.
            Gail Gardner @ GrowMap´s last blog post ..Join Bloggers Supporting Bloggers NOW

            • October 14, 2010 at 11:57 pm

              Thanks Gail,

              What Anne mentioned sounds like a good idea, easier to remember too. 🙂

              Ok thanks, moderator too? 🙂

              I keep forgetting to get back to that place. :/ sorry about that… 😉
              Rob´s last blog post ..Techcrunch staff bad for your pc!

    • October 15, 2010 at 1:02 am

      It’s added value, Anne. If you hadn’t said it and I hadn’t read your comment, I wouldn’t have known he was #3 …. that’s great!

      Great for you, Rob!

      It’s working perfect for me, I can’t believe it.
      Kissie´s last blog post ..Why Am I Offended

      • October 15, 2010 at 1:13 am

        Nor would I have known … 😉

        I am glad it is also working out for ya, it’s stopped mine dead in it’s tracks… no spam for over a week now. 😉

        How can ya go wrong with that? 🙂

        It’s saved me 1/2 hour a day at least.
        Rob´s last blog post ..Humour- a funny thing…

  • November 4, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    Rob, I’m seriously considering GASP. I’ve corresponded with Gail at Growmap multiple times, plus we’ve commented on each others blogs, so if she’s behind it, it’s likely to be high quality.

    I think the idea behind Akismet has been good (stop spam), but I’ve had two problems:

    1. I have to look at all the comments in my spam folder to catch the occasional true comment.
    2. I was briefly in the spam pile myself and had to write a letter to Akismet asking to be reinstated. They did within a few hours, and with an apology. I’ve also seen this happen to several quality bloggers whose comments wind up in my spam folder.
    John Soares´s last blog post ..Renegotiating a Freelance Writing Deadline

    • November 4, 2010 at 8:32 pm

      Hi John,

      Don’t keep waiting, just do it mate, it is working a treat. I have not had ONE spam since installing it. That’s well over 5, 6 weeks now. 🙂

      Askimet creates it own problems, as you noted, and I have not missed that askimet one bit.

      Seriously, just do it. Look at the post below and as you seem I have not been very active the last few weeks, but , and I should have mentioned it in that post, one thing that pleased me was logging into my dashboard and seeing a bit fat 0 there. 🙂

      Get to it!! 😆
      Rob´s last blog post ..My hearing percentage is dropping- again!

  • November 9, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    Hey Jason thanks so much for informing me about this plugin. I manage multiple WP blogs and am more than fed up with Akismet. This looks perfect (just downloaded it) and will be installing it across my many WP blogs for both myself and clients.

    This is so simple and great. I tried an anti spam plugin that used captcha and somehow it affeted my backend login and screwed it up so I could not login even when I entered the code correctly. I hadn’t gotten any comments for weeks and wondered if it affected commentors the same way. Argh!

    I finally had to delete the plugin causing the probs from my hosting provider backend cause I couldn’t een login to my WP admin area. That solved it but the spam came right back. So thanks a million for sharing this plugin. It appears that it will finally remove my spam woes!


    P.S. I like your comment policy notice above, another great idea to add to my blog. One more thing, can this anti spam plugin be added to a contact form do you know?

    • November 9, 2010 at 8:18 pm

      Hi Jen,

      Not sure who “Jason” is you refer to? 😛

      Was it a Jason who got you to this post?

      Glad it’s all working out for you, the captcha is terrible, they all are really. 😉

      Thanks for that about the comment policy 🙂
      Rob´s last blog post ..My hearing percentage is dropping- again!

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    • August 2, 2011 at 5:34 am

      Sorry about the delay in approving ya comment mate, it’s been so long, been living and getting off the pc more… funny enough, I had 400 odd comments to sort out, most were spammy crap by people.. only 2 in the spam folder, so yep, it works a treat… 😉


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