I love Akismet because it has saved me a lot of time and ibuprofen (that I would be taking for the headaches I would get trying to ward off spammers. Here’s why:

Akismet Spam

Now this blog hasn’t been around for that long, considering that I made my first post on June 13 of this year, and I haven’t been posting as regularly as I would like, so to have been hit with that amount of spam in such a short time is something to think about!

Let’s think about this for a few minutes: This blog has been online for about 6 months now, that’s approximately 180 days, give or take. If you do the math, you find that this comes to about 8 spam messages a day!! Wow!!

Since I have comment moderation turned on, without Akismet I would be getting on average 8 emails a day to moderate comments on this blog alone!

Do you see now why I love Akismet?

If you have a WordPress blog, make sure that you enable Akismet, it will save you lots and lots of time!

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  1. Hey Mary, I’m interested to learn what other plugins you are using. Have you upgraded to WP 2.6 yet?

  2. JP,
    I haven’t upgraded to 2.6 yet, this is one of the gripes I have with WP is that you have to constantly update. I’ll probably start updating my blogs soon though.

    Regarding plugins, this is the list of plugins I am currently using:

    Code Snippet – http://blog.enargi.com/codesnippet/ – This is a code highlighting plugin that allows me to write code snippets for example in tutorials.

    DoFollow – http://kimmo.suominen.com/sw/dofollow/ – This selectively disables the “nofollow” tagging for comments so that links in comments get weight.

    Easy Tube – This allows me to place YouTube objects in WordPress Content

    Feedburner Feedsmith – http://www.feedburner.com/fb/a/help/wordpress_quickstart – detects all ways to access your original WordPress feeds and redirects them to your FeedBurner feed so you can track every possible subscriber

    Google XML Sitemaps – http://www.arnebrachhold.de/redir/sitemap-home/ – This plugin will generate a sitemaps.org compatible sitemap of your WordPress blog which is supported by Ask.com, Google, MSN Search and YAHOO

    Related Entries – http://www.semiologic.com/software/widgets/terms2posts/ – Leverages Yahoo’s terms extraction web service to display related posts on your site.

  3. Hey sorry I’m just getting back to this. Did you update yet? I haven’t upgraded to WP 2.6 yet either. I’ll test it out one lazy Sunday, when I have nothing else to do.


  4. I haven’t upgraded yet!! Been too lazy and I’ve been spending a lot of time playing with Drupal :).

    Let me know how your upgrade goes. I think I’ll start with my smaller blogs and see how that goes before I update the bigger ones.

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