SEO, Spam and Blacklist Plug in Recommendations?

  • kyungs

    #4240

    First, to Syahir: I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again, thanks for your hard work to develop this theme. I was able to implement ads on my website and although the revenue isn’t huge, the website will be self-supporting with some to spare. As soon as I have my costs covered, I’ll be sending you a donation for your efforts and as my thanks. Without graphene, my site couldn’t have gone online with the relative ease and functionality that it has.

    Now.. onto my help request. I’m looking for recommendations. Now that I’ve been at this for a couple of months, I’ve grown leery of randomly picking plugins and hoping for the best. I’ve tried a couple of different SEO plugins but have found they produced unintended results and even after uninstalling them, their problems remained (why, I have NO idea) but I do want to be able to add keywords (can’t figure out how without a plugin) and be able to automatic some of the SEO functions without having to do it on every single page.

    Also I need a better spam catcher. Askimet worked very well for a while but it suddenly went on the fritz and the new one I tried doesn’t seem to work well, a LOT of spam gets through and the pingbacks always get displayed. I also need to be able to blacklist IPs from some bad apples.

    Does anyone have any recommendations for me?

    Mod

    Kenneth John Odle

    #27648

    Now that I’ve been at this for a couple of months, I’ve grown leery of randomly picking plugins and hoping for the best.

    This is how a lot of people pick out plugins, unfortunately. It really does pay to do a little poking around to see if the plugin in question causes any problems. It is a learning curve.

    even after uninstalling them, their problems remained (why, I have NO idea)

    WordPress is only half of your blog. The other half is a MYSQL database which stores all your posts, pages, comments, images, etc. Some themes and some plugins add information to the database, and simply deleting the plugin does NOT delete the relevant entries in the database. Some themes and plugins provide an “uninstall” feature will remove the entries that they make to the database, but not all do.

    I do want to be able to add keywords

    The major search engines (i.e., Google) say that they don’t pay all that much, if any, attention to keywords anymore. Of course, their search algorithms are not public information, so who knows?

    Most folks around here who do use an SEO plugin like the SEO by Yoast. Do NOT use the “All in One SEO Pack” plugin, which is full of bugs.

    I’m not sure what the issue with Akismet it; it works very effectively for me and many others. I’ve never heard of anyone having any problems with it.

    You can blacklist comments by going to Settings >> Discussion and entering whatever is necessary in the bottom box, marked “Comment Blacklist”. As WP tells me,

    When a comment contains any of these words in its content, name, URL, e-mail, or IP, it will be marked as spam. One word or IP per line. It will match inside words, so “press” will match “WordPress”.

    I’ve never had to use this, but you might want to try it out and see how it works, especially if you are plugin-averse for the moment.

    Cheers,

    Ken

    kyungs

    #27649

    Thanks, Ken! I found the comment blacklist. Is there anyway to prevent an IP from seeing the site entirely?

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    Kenneth John Odle

    #27650

    Is there anyway to prevent an IP from seeing the site entirely?

    Yeah, but you need to edit your blog’s .htaccess file. Add the following to it:

    order allow,deny
    allow from all
    deny from 192.0.0.0

    Change that IP to the IP in question, and add more deny from xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx statements as you need to, each on a separate line.

    Keep in mind, however, that it can be difficult to know who else from that IP might be a legitimate visitor to your site, so for some people this might be like using a guillotine to take care of a pimple.

    kyungs

    #27651

    lol… i like your analogy. thanks again.

    markchoo

    #27652

    Hey kyungs,

    Currently my site has a Google PR-3 which gets me alot of spam, after try a few others, here are two useful plugins that has reduced by about 90%

    1. “Bad Behavior” by Michael Hampton will Deny automated spambots access to your PHP-based Web site. By defalt this plugin will add a short code/link showing how many attempts it has blocked, however, you can turn that of so it does nto show by going to the Plugin Settings and uncheck the box “Display statistics in blog footer”

    2. “SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam” by Mike Challis This plugin will Deny automated spambots access and allow you to add a small capture for the flllowing, however, you can check and upcheck any options you want.

    Enable CAPTCHA on the login form.

    Enable CAPTCHA on the register form.

    Enable CAPTCHA on the lost password form.

    Enable CAPTCHA on the comment form.

    Hide CAPTCHA for registered users who can.

    Unfortunately for SEO there is no magic pill, but maybe I can help, whats plugins have you tried or are you using? and are you just looking for SEO Results on your home page with a few keywords, or are you looking for SEO on your Blogs as well?

    Hope that info helps! ~ Mark

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