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Akismet Spam Plugin Went Down, Briefly.

Lee Odden on Aug 28th, 2006     Blogging

I’ve recently been using Akismet as my spam plugin for WordPress. It had been doing great, until this weekend. All of a sudden, spam started piling up and I was kept busy trying to remove it all. It’s amazing how great spam plugins do work, when they work. I ended up turning on Spam Karma for a while and that fixed everything.

It turns out that Akismet was down over the weekend for some updates. All should be good now though.

It really makes a person realize how great spam plugins are.Ā  Maybe it’s time to donate a few bucks. ;)

[tags]akismet,spam-karma[/tags]

Lee Odden

Three WordPress Plugins You Must Have for SEO

Lee Odden on Jul 14th, 2006     Blogging

WordPress is great, but the default install isn’t as good as it could be. There are hundreds, if not thousands of WordPress plugins available. Finding ones that work well and add to your site’s optimization can be tricky, but here is what I recommend.

  1. Akismet or Spam Karma – Both plugins block spammers from automatically filling your comments with spam and links to unwanted sites. An anti-spam plugin is a must unless you like spending hours a day cleaning up after spammers.
  2. Optimal Title – This simple plugin re-writes the blog post’s tile start with the post name not the site name. It’s best to always start title tags with unique information and then proceed to generic.

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