Block Tor List WordPress Spammers

  • Comments: 43
  • Written on: August 18th, 2008

I was reading a post on Shoemoney.com about how he maintains such a low comment/spam ratio on his posts.  He gets a ton of comments and obviously doesn’t read them all, so how does he sort out what gets posted and what is spam?

One of the biggest things he points out is that most comment spam that makes it through Akismet comes from the open list of proxy IP addresses referred to as the Tor Proxy List.

In one swift motion I added every single Tor IP address to my blog’s comment moderation blacklist.  Here’s how you can do it too:

Step 1.  Open your WordPress Admin Panel (www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin in most cases)

Step2.  Left click on the Settings link in the top right corner.

Step 3. Left click on the Discussion option

Step 4.  In a new tab open the most recent Tor list in text format.

Step 5.  Highlight and copy the complete list of Tor IP addresses

Step 6.  Scroll down to the Comment Blacklist section and paste in the Tor list you just copied

Step 7.  Left click the Save button at the bottom of the screen

That’s all there is to it!  You have just blocked a huge majority of the spammers on the web from posting a comment of fake trackback to your wordpress blog.

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