Akismet

By Deane Barker on April 20, 2006

Once again, Matt Smith has come and rescued me from spammers. A couple of weeks ago, I was at my wit’s end. Some commentors recommended Akismet, but I thought it was WordPress-only. Then Matt emailed me to tell me there was a Movable Type port. Given Matt’s track record of helping me banish spam, I decided to try it.

It’s not perfect, but it’s very, very, very good. Spams that get through to the site have dropped 97%. I’ll get maybe one per day now.

I don’t even know how Akismet works. I think it’s a Web service of some kind, but — to be honest — I don’t much care. I just dropped the directory into my plugins, applied for and received a wordpress.com key, and spam went bye-bye.

They ask that if you make over $500 a month from your blog (we do), then you should pay $5 a month for the API key. Worth every penny.

So, thanks Matt. And thanks to the other Matt that created Akismet in the first place. Thanks to them, the Gadgetopia comments feed isn’t such a bad place to hang out anymore.

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Comments

  1. You got the right URL (akismet.com) but you mixed up Askimet and Akismet. It should be the latter but nevermind. Still it is a very good service that I have been enjoying for almost 4 months now, reducing spam to a minimum on my blog.

  2. Glad I could help. I had given up on the comments feed due to spam but it is much better now. Now I can read all about why macs suck without all that spam in the way ;)

  3. I don’t know if Akismet gets better with time or what, but its accuracy has improved since I posted this. I think I’ve had one spam in the last week, and none over the weekend, which is unheard of.

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