What’s with the increase of spam and Akismet upgrades?

My blogs were doing fine until yesterday. The server keep crashing and my webhost Byran discovered that it was some cron job in my wp-back-up plugin that gives the problem. Thanks to my webhost or I would be dead as I do not know how to deal with these sort of things. He took some remedial steps and overcome the problems.

Now, I am wondering if I am getting excessive spams or has Akismet stopped working? Since yesterday, I have upgraded the Akismet twice. Now, the latest is version 2.2.1. Yet, spams keep coming in like 3-4 spams every 10 minutes.

For this Make Money blog, I get like 300-400 spams per day. Akismet is good because it filtered all the spams and rarely, it puts some of the genuine comments into spam too. However, these two days, I seem to be having problems with it.

I went to Akismet original site to check out if I have missed out anything. The Akismet site is providing only version 2.0. My current version is 2.2.1. Then, I surfed the Akismet blog and did not find any notification on upgrades etc.

I am reluctant to try other spam plugins because bad scripts from some of the plugin had killed my site many times.

Do you notice excessive spams these two days? Have you upgraded your Akismet yet?

Post Author: lilian

6 thoughts on “What’s with the increase of spam and Akismet upgrades?


    (October 18, 2008 - 8:35 am)

    Try installing reCaptcha. That’ll lower your spam count and releases you from moderating comments too much.

    I did notice the updates on Akismet, but didn’t notice much spam on my comments. Of course, I don’t get as many comments are you do :)


    (October 18, 2008 - 6:20 pm)

    Lilian, I didn’t use any of it, all comments under my consideration. I hate spams though =)

    Andrew Green

    (October 20, 2008 - 1:40 am)

    It really helps to block the spam comments i am using it and it will show if there is any upgrades …

    from this almost 1200 comments are blocked

    gatwick parking

    (October 20, 2008 - 11:37 pm)

    I can vouch for reCaptcha – has helped me no end. I haven’t seen any recent surge in the volume of spam attracted by my blogs – and I hope that I don’t

    Heather R.

    (October 21, 2008 - 4:52 am)

    Hi there,

    2.2.1 is the latest release. An update about this release will be on the blog momentarily. Akismet 2.2.1 includes a few bug fixes, so we encourage you to upgrade.

    If you’re having issues with Akismet, performance-wise, please contact Akismet support: http://akismet.com/contact/

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    (October 22, 2008 - 5:43 am)

    i think akismet work well on my blog. So, i don’t think its big problem. So, just keep use it.

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