Spamming is a terrible threat for any blog and business. There is nothing worse than to open your blog just to find out dozens and dozens of spam messages each day. One mistake, one message accepted and you have a spam message on your blog. This will trigger another spam and another.
Even worse, one day you may find your blog’s name associated with spammy sites and disaster strikes. Google penalizes you, people avoid you, comments are gone and traffic becomes a memory. Your blog is dead.
How to avoid this terrible fate? How to protect your blog from spam? There are many weapons you can use to fight against this threat. Today I will talk about a simple and efficient one: IP Deny Manager.
What is IP Deny Manager?
It is a very simple and effective tool that is available inside Cpanel. It can help you get read of annoying spammers by blocking their IPs.
When you are harassed by a spammer you can take his (her) IP and use IP Deny Manager to block him from arriving at your site. But the program can do more than that.
Spammers can be very stubborn and use many IPs to attack a site. When they see an IP was blocked, they simply change it and attack again. There is no need to worry. IP Deny Manager allows you to block a whole range of IPs.
Protect your blog from spam using IP Deny Manager
Now, how to use IP Deny Manager to block a spammer? Go to your Cpanel (I use Hostgator Cpanel):
Scroll down until you find the Security section:
Click on the IP Deny Manager icon. You are immediately redirected to IP Deny Manager. You will get a screen that will look like the following:
In the IP address or Domain field type the IP address you want to block. You can block one single IP address like in the example below:
Or you can block a whole range of IP addresses like in the example below:
It seems easy to use IP Deny Manager to protect your blog from spam but there is one problem with this technique and I call it collateral damage.
This happens when a friend of yours or a valuable commentator has an IP that is inside a range that you blocked. The annoying spammer is blocked but your friend becomes a collateral damage (tough word but true).
Angella McCall reported this problem after she had used IP Deny Manger. She used the program to block a whole range of IPs but in doing so she blocked her brother. Let’s see the message:
Comment on How To Blacklist Spammers And Intruders by Angella McCall
Well, there is no need to worry. The problem is very simple. Look what you can do when something like this happens.
How to avoid collateral damage
You wanted to protect your blog from spam but … one of your friends is blocked. Ugly. What to do?
Find the IP address of your friend
It is absolutely necessary to find the IP address of your friend. Here is how.
Use blog comments
Did your friend make comments on your blog? If yes, find one of his (her) comments. The format of a normal comment includes: a picture, a name and an email address. Check below the email address. There you must find the IP of your friend’s site or blog.
Use “What is my IP” site
When your friend doesn’t have a blog ask him (her) to go to the following address:
From the very first moment your friend will land on that site, he will see his IP address. Here is an example:
Your IP: 188.8.131.52
Your IP: 184.108.40.206
Whitelist your friend
After your friend has found his IP address he will send it to you. Now, you must whitelist him. How?
Your friend has the following IP:
Delete the old range (00-99) that you created. Now you will make two ranges:
The first range will be:
The second range will be :
Add each sequence in the IP Deny Manager as I have shown you above. Now the IP of your friend is outside the range you blocked. You will still have the whole range blocked but your friend will be outsite that range.
Other means to protect your blog from spamm and hackers
In the following video Angella Mccall starts with the IP Deny Manager method then continues with WordFence:
Botnet Attack Blocker
This is a more radical method but I think it is useful to know about it:
Now you know how to protect your blog from spam using IP Deny Manager. You know how to block a single IP or a range of IPs and what to do when collateral damage appears and one of your best friends is blocked. As you can see, it is not so complicate and there are many tools that can help you.
This is a simple technique and there is no need to use the tool all the time. I usually use this technique only for annoying spammers and when they get on my nerves.
Fortunately, after I bought CommentLuv Premium and created a strong anti-spam strategy, I am more relaxed. The number of spamm messages decreased enormously.
Now, all spamm messages goes automatically into my Spam folder and the only thing left for me to do is to empty that folder. One click a day and the spammers are gone with the wind.
Do you know how to protect your blog from spam? What strategies, techniques and tools do you use?
Please, help us by sharing your experience in a comment below.
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