Wow, the amount of spam comments on WordPress is pretty amazing (not). I thought by changing settings to “Users must be registered and logged in to comment” would fix things but apparently not… Even with “Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks)” unchecked was still some how getting spammed like crazy (little did I know at the time that unchecking that option only affected new posts).
Getting hundreds of spam messages a day is enough to drive anyone nuts so I had to find a solution. Now being that most the spam was being generated on one post, I probably could have just disabled comments on that one post but that would have only been a short term fix. Also at the time I couldn’t find the option to disable comments on a single post… who thought it was a great idea to hide that option under screen options of the post?
Now however I have activated Akismet through JetPack and will see how it does on managing to filter all the spam. It’s got over 100 in spam already and none pending approval so that seems to be doing well. Now I can focus on more important things other than filtering spam.