GASP! A new spam comment plugin

A while back Ari Herzog wrote a blog post about a new comment spam filtering system called GASP. Ari decided to use it as an alternative to Akismet which is a very popular plugin that many bloggers use. I like Akismet it works, but very occasionally a good comment goes into spam and a bad one gets approved.

The think I dislike about Akismet is the fact that I have to trawl through loads of spam comments to check that there are not any legitimate ones stuck in there. However not any more… I hope.

GASP (which stands for Growmap Anti-Spambot Plugin) is a plugin which puts a little tick box in the comment box. All you have to do is remember to tick it and your comment will get through. If you create an account and are logged in you won’t need to tick the box, which is just as well as I am useless at remembering to!

This which is why I refrained from using it for this long. But I am really bored by the masses of spam comments now, so I am implementing the GASP plugin on my blog.

Tick the box and your comment is through, forget and you will see this message

I always forget too. You didn’t tick the box under the submit button and for that reason you are seeing this message. Go back and tick it and all will be good 🙂

Then just go back and tick the box. You will need to have javascript enabled for it to work, and if you don’t you will need to enable it to be able to comment.

GASP comment box

Tick the box under the submit button and all is good!

If you really hate the new box that you have to tick, it will go, but if it doesn’t bother you and it gives me more time to write, then it will stay.

As for Akismet, its future is uncertain. If GASP works really well then it may go, but currently I am leaving it on so that I can minimise spam.

If you are a blogger why not try GASP for yourself? I have, Ari has, Kieth has, Justin has, Chadrack has…

Happy spam free commenting 🙂

Google PageRank update

Ether today or yesterday, Google updated a large majority of its indexed sites PageRank. If you don’t know what PageRank is you might want to read my what is PageRank post on my technology blog.

My philosophy blog is still very new and therefore is not properly and fully indexed by Google which is probably why it remained at a PageRank of 0. It often the case that a site needs to be established for some time before it gets a decent PageRank.

Another example of this is AriHerzog.com – his site was a PageRank 4 before he moved his blog (previously found at AriWriter.com) to this domain name. Due to the blog being extremely new it hadn’t had the time to gain enough credibility in Google’s eyes to go back up to a PageRank 5 which is what AriWiter.com was. Will to Know (a blog written by Joy Mystic) is another site which is very new and therefore despite it having some very good articles, it doesn’t have a high PageRank, yet.

Despite the 0/10 for my philosophy blog, my technology blog seemed to fair much better, acquiring a PageRank of 3/10 which I may add is very impressive for a blog of its size!

My social blog and website stayed the same as before at a 2/10 and 3/10 respectively, with some surprises, as many internal pages increased in rank.

My website also had some more useful sitelinks, so when you now view my site in the search engines, you will be able to go straight to certain pages and blogs without having to even go into the site, making your browsing quicker!

Google Sitelinks for Christopher Roberts Website

The circled area shows my websites Google sitelinks

Overall I am very pleased with my rankings, as it shows that my site and blogs are gaining greater status on the Internet.

Do you own a blog or website? If so how did you do in the latest update?

If you need any tips on how to increase your PageRank, check out my technology blogs article how can I increase my PageRank?

ReplyMe

On Wednesday I installed a plugin which allowed you to subscribe to comments. The problem is, you didn’t just get notified of replies to your comment, but you got sent everyone’s comment.
ReplyMeThis system was in place until today when I decided to try a plugin called ReplyMe, after reading about how Ari Herzog had just installed it on his blog.
I have updated the comment policy in line with these changes, so you know exactly what happens when you comment. Below is an excerpt of the page, explaining the update:

Some blogs give you the option to subscribe to all other comments on an article, in a hope that a reply to your comment may be amongst them. I think this is a bit impersonal however, so I have installed a plugin called ReplyMe.

ReplyMe sends you an email, when your comment has a reply. The email has your original comment in it, along with the reply and a link to the comment on my blog so that you can carry on the conversation. This means you don’t have to remember to subscribe to the comments and it keeps your inbox free of other comments, which aren’t related to yours.

Happy commenting – why not post a comment and I will reply to show you how this new feature works 🙂

Blog Action Day

This article is off topic, but it in aid of a very worthwhile cause.

I regularly read Lillie Ammann’s blog, as I find it very thought provoking, and it has a really nice little community of writers and commenters.

In a recent post, Lillie wrote about “Blog Action Day 2010: Water”. Blog Action Day is a site which aims to

“raise awareness and trigger a global discussion around an important issue that impacts us all.”

In the past it has focused on poverty and other causes, but this year it has focused on water.

I read Lillie’s post on Blog Action Day and as most of her posts do, it got me thinking. So I investigated Blog Action Day, and had a look at their site.

Water

It seems to me, to be a very good idea, a blog specialising in promoting those really important issues, that it is easy to forget.

The official date was the 15th of October, so I have missed the deadline, but I think that it is still very important to raise this issue.

Please watch this short video and hopefully you too will appreciate this.

So what can you do? Raise awareness, that’s Blog Action Day’s main aim. Awareness leads to people helping, as without knowing that there is a problem, how can we possible help?

If you are a blogger, please seriously think about posting an article and promoting the word, as it is a good one. Don’t forget there will be another Blog Action Day next year, so you (and hopefully me) can be ready for that one!

“Every week, nearly 38,000 children under the age of 5 die from unsafe drinking water and unhygienic living conditions.”

Is that not a good enough reason to act?

Visit blogactionday.change.org for more details on the scale of the problem, and to find out how you can help.

Thank You

UPDATE: I have also found an article about Blog Action Day, on another great blog of which I am a regular reader – AriHerzog.com. Please click Water Water Everywhere on Blogs Today to view Ari’s article. Well done Ari for promoting the word!