Taking Spam Out of Your Site - Verify!
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You don't have to add plug-ins and special tools to your site to stop spambots in their tracks when it comes to your comments, discussions and forums. Add an image-based verification process instead, and you'll find spambots draw to a halt, unable to deposit their message.
Just Humans offers the image-based verification pictured above free of charge. You can easily add this feature to any site to make it impossible for spam bots to fill your pages.
Keep in mind, however, that these verification procedures won't stop spam generated by human beings. This is why you might still want to take advantage of other anti-spam tools to further reduce the amount you see on your site.
You may also wish to add a waiting period before comments and forum posts are placed live on the site. Instead of allowing everything on a real-time basis, consider stalling each comment until it is approved by the site administrator or moderators. This way, you'll get a look at everything before it actually goes on your pages. This process can be highly time-consuming, but for sites that are heavily plagued by spam it could be worth the effort to keep pages cleaner.
A Spam-Free Site?
Because spam is so ubiquitous online (and because spammers grow more clever by the day), it's going to be virtually impossible to reduce all signs of spam on any Web site. Use different tools and tricks to find out what works and what doesn't, and you'll find the spam on your pages greatly reduced. Spam won't ever disappear (unfortunately), but it doesn't have to completely swamp your site's public areas.
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