I don’t understand what it means to get spam on your blog. Sorry for being so naive. Does it show up as a comment? What is the real impact for me as a blogger?
Yes; blog spam is usually in the form of comments left on your blog. Spammers fill out comments and leave a bunch of links back to sites of their own in an attempt to either get people to click back to the sites in question or to increase their search rankings.
Without a service like Akismet to help filter this spam, it can get very irritating and time-consuming to weed out comments for the constructive ones. It’s a pretty big concern, as if a blog is left vulnerable, spammers will target it more and more.
I am a recent addition to WordPress.com. I can see on my dashboard that 2 comments have been commented as spam. how can i access those 2 to see if they actually are spam?
If the comments have been flatly marked as spam and are not in your spam queue (which you could click on if it was there), you won’t be able to. They’ve been marked as “without a doubt” spam.
But I caught a genuine comment (from my prof) – so can I change the settings on spam?
If you mark a comment as “Not Spam,” Akismet will learn regarding the false positive and should change its behavior accordingly.
I am trying to upload askimet to the wp content? Where do I find this?
You don’t have to upload Akismet if you are on WordPress.com – it’s already installed for you.
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August 3, 2009
The Akismet widget shows a simple counter for the amount of spam caught by the free Akismet service. Find out more on the dedicated WordPress.com support page.
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