I was interested to read a rather plaintive post on Managing Comment Spam on the Blog Business Summit blog which included the following:

If you’re running a high-volume site, with lots of comments, you’ve going to have to allocate a resource to manage the blog conversation.

So far, this has not been a problem for me with this blog and I believe that’s more due to the service provided by the blog service provider, BlogHarbor and my following until recently the policy of not allowing anonymous comments.

In my post of Oct 4, ‘Taking the Plunge with Anonymous Comments…’ I explained that the new system instituted by BlogHarbor enabled me to allow anonymous comments with confidence that I was not thereby opening the floodgates to comment spamologists.

A web search on ‘comment spam’ or reading this wiki  shows that the problem of link spam, and specifically blog comment spam, is not new.

Having someone else take care of the problem, for the most part, seems to me a persuasive argument in favour of using a hosted blog service on the web.

But I’m sure there will always be people and companies wanting to roll their own. And maybe that makes sense for those who have heavier traffic and more comments than I do (although I doubt that BlogHarbor would be fazed by heavier traffic).

And in fact, I’m experimenting with rolling my own, at another site, using WordPress (the downloaded one from www.wordpress.org ). I haven’t yet figured out a surefire way to deal with spam and I am a bit nervous about it because the site is hosted on my own server. I did think I had the problem taped when I downloaded the WordPress plug-in Spam Karma 2 . Followed the instructions and got an error message. Now I have another learning process.

Why am I using WordPress for another blog rather than just opening another BlogHarbor account? Streaker’s defence? A bit of that, perhaps. But more fundamentally, it was because so many blogging colleagues tell me how wonderful WordPress is and how easy to install, configure and operate, that I decided I had to find out for myself how challenging or otherwise it might be for a non-technical person like me to do all that.

So far, I’ve found it needs far more learning and fiddling than I believe the average business owner would be interested in. But I’ll keep plugging (or plug-in-ing) away and see how it goes. And in the meantime hope I don’t get hit by comment spammers!

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