WordPress is an absolutely awesome blog platform, and I’m in love with it. One of the coolest things about it is Akismet, which absolutlely slays most of the comment spam that I get. But there are still a few that leak through.
I’ve been hearing great things about a WordPress plugin called Bad Behavior, which operates on a similar basis to Akismet, but it tracks and blocks the spam bots/crawlers to prevent them from even seeing your site. Humans and legitimate search crawlers get through just fine, but spam crawlers are told “talk to the hand”.
I installed it this morning, and within minutes it said it had already blocked 7 attempts. Dang. You can always see the number of blocked attempts in the last 7 days at the very bottom of any page on TinyScreenfuls.com. Cool stuff.