Wednesday, August 8, 2012

What I've Learned Wednesday - Turning Off Comments For A Single Post

That seems like a long post title.  But I can't really call it anything else... 'cause this post is about how to turn off comments on a single post.

So, for some strange reason, I was getting eleventy billion spam comments on one of my Halloween posts from last year.  Spammers use some sort of keyword search to find posts that they think would be relevant to their spammy topic and somehow one of those desirable key words was in that post.  I would get 10 - 15 spam comments a day on that post... it was obnoxious.

In an effort to avoid deleting spam comments constantly, and since the post was from last fall and probably wouldn't get any new comments anyway, I decided to shut off the comments for that one post.  It was easy-schmeasy and here's how I did it (in Blogger, I've no idea about Wordpress):

Find the post you want to shut the comments off of and click the edit option.  Once you're there, click on the "Options" tab in the right side of the screen, under "Post Settings".

Once you've clicked on that, you'll see that you can adjust the settings for the comments on that post.

As you can see, here's where you can choose to shut off the comments.  You have the option to leave all the existing comments up (which is what I did) or to hide the existing comments.

This might not ever be necessary for your blog but if you ever find yourself deleting 15 spam comments from the same post DAY AFTER DAY AFTER DAY, you'll thank me.
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  1. Well that is really good to know! Thanks for sharing it!

  2. Great to know. Maybe spammers just love thrifty crafty girls?

  3. Ah! Thanks for this. I have a similar post that seems to draw in every spammer in town. Will definitely put this in effect immediately~

  4. thanks. for some reason my luau post is my spam magnet.

  5. Yeah, that's really handy to know. My spam comments are usually caught by Blogger and left for me to decide whether or not to publish.

  6. Oh man, my detox bath post gets a ton of spam too, what with the word "detox" being such an awesome weight loss/diet spammer word. Weird that you get a ton of spam on a Halloween post though...who'da thunk it! In Wordpress you can disable comments by going into the Posts section of your dashboard, hovering over the post you want to change, click "Quick Edit", and then just uncheck the box that says "Allow comments".

  7. Good to know! I think I fixed my 'no-reply', but I'm not sure how it got turned on in the first place. Thanks for letting me know, I wondered why my comments were so low. Hugs~Lori

  8. I keep telling you - we are thinking the same thoughts. I did tell you that, right? I've been wanting to write some more posts about my folks as a way to vent. But I'm not looking for people to tell me what a good (or not so good) daughter I am. I just need to get the feelings out. I found that same option recently.
    If you only lived closer, our possibilities would be endless.


I love all the comments I get from you! Because of an insane amount of spam, I had to turn off anonymous commenting but I'd love it if you'd comment anyway!

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