Introducing WP-SpamFree’s Successor – WP-SpamShield

by Scott Allen - March 14, 2014 
Filed Under Blogging, Spam, WordPress Plugins, WP-SpamFree, WP-SpamShield

A Faster, More Advanced Anti-Spam Plugin that Stops Spam Cold

WP-SpamFree has a powerful new replacementMany of you have noticed that I was gone for a while…four years. And so was WP-SpamFree. In 2010 I enlisted in the Army, which meant I was going to have to be out of the development game for a while. In preparation for this, I passed the plugin on to another developer hoping it would be maintained and improved upon.

Unfortunately, there wasn’t much progress made on the plugin while I was gone, which was pretty frustrating to see. The developer who I handed it off to ended up simply not having the bandwidth to maintain it. They thought they would, but you know, things change. I do understand…things happen. In that time, WordPress evolved, and so did spam and the Internet. In the anti-spam game, you’ve got to keep up on things to have a fighting chance.

Plugins that don’t get updated in fours years are generally considered unsafe to use. For one example, as PHP (the coding language that powers WordPress) evolves, some of the functions used get deprecated (phased out) and have to be replaced, among other things. So, it’s generally best for plugins that haven’t been updated in this long to be put to rest.

I first developed WP-SpamFree in 2007. Wow, it’s hard to believe it’s been that long. It’s kind of crazy to think it was over 6 years ago. I remember when I first started the plugin, it was SO basic and had so few features. It really developed a ton and got very popular in just a couple years.

So, I finished my contract with the Army late last year, and got back into everything.

WP-SpamFree Has a New Little Brother, a Ninja…on Steroids

I dug out the old archived WP-SpamFree files, and started making some tweaks to the old plugin code as a test development version. I toyed with the idea of trying to fully revive the old plugin and work with other developers to develop it going forward. There were several options on the table…continuing to work on the old plugin, or creating a new one. After looking at the options and seeing that there just wasn’t enough interest in collaboration, and then deliberating quite a bit, it became clear that the best path was to create a brand new plugin as a fork of WP-SpamFree (2.1.1.0) and push forward with some awesome new developments.

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The WebGeek Archive

by Scott Allen - January 27, 2014 
Filed Under Blogging, Random

The WebGeek is back. Well, sort of. Let me back up a second and explain.

In case you’re not familiar, WebGeek was a blog about Internet marketing, SEO, and web design, that I authored between 2006-2009, while I was running my previous company.

You might have wondered what I’ve been up to for the past few years since I’ve been pretty quiet. Well, I have a little story for you.

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Study on Youth Twitter Adoption Misses the Boat

by Scott Allen - June 1, 2009 
Filed Under Marketing, Research, Social Networking, Twitter

twitter study youth marketshare: Study on Youth Twitter Adoption Misses the Boat twitter social networking research marketing Today I read an article on CNET, Study: Young Adults Haven’t Warmed Up To Twitter. It reported the findings of a recent study about youth engagement with Twitter vs. other social media platforms such as Facebook and MySpace. (Original study: Gen Y’s Are Not Yet Taking Flight on Twitter, Participatory Marketing Network)

Both miss the boat in their assessment of why more youth aren’t on Twitter.

First off, the facts.

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How to Be a Bad Client

by Scott Allen - June 1, 2009 
Filed Under Humor, Random

Everyone who has taken on clients either as a consultant or in a firm setting will be able to relate to this hilarious video about vendor-client relationships. It had me laughing so hard that I had to share it.

The Vendor-Client Relationship – In Real World Situations

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How to Stop the Diggbar (or Anything Else) from Owning Your Site

by Scott Allen - April 13, 2009 
Filed Under JavaScript, SEM, SEO, Social Media Marketing, Web Design / Development

the new diggbar: How to Stop the Diggbar (or Anything Else) from Owning Your Site web design social media marketing seo sem javascript Recently Digg has overstepped its bounds by framing the content of websites it links to with its new “Diggbar”. Internet marketing savvy site owners are, shall we say, less than happy about this. It’s tough to tell if they are being obnoxiously greedy or are just plain ignorant of internet etiquette. Not to be quick to judge, but I have a hard time believing they are that ignorant.

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Nofollow Blogroll SEO Plugin for WordPress Released

by Scott Allen - April 12, 2009 
Filed Under Nofollow Blogroll SEO, SEO, WordPress Plugins

On many WordPress blogs, the Blogroll may be hurting your site’s search engine optimization.

Linking out to other sites from every page of your site (sitewide links) can hurt because it bleeds link juice out unnecessarily, lowering your site’s PageRank, authority, and search engine rankings. Sitewide links tend not to have as much value, so a site only really benefits from one good incoming link per site. There is absolutely no need to pass link juice out to Blogroll links on every single page of a WordPress blog.

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SES NY – Search on a Dime

by Scott Allen - March 28, 2009 
Filed Under Conferences, Search Engine Strategies, SEM, SEO

I recently live-blogged the Search Engine Strategies NY session: “Search on a Dime” for Search Engine Guide.

This session covered organic SEO and paid search strategies for small business.

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Search Engine Strategies New York – Search on a Dime

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SES NY – Small Voices, Big Impact: Social Media for the Little Guy

by Scott Allen - March 28, 2009 
Filed Under Conferences, Search Engine Strategies, Social Media Marketing

I recently live-blogged the Search Engine Strategies NY session: “Small Voices, Big Impact: Social Media for the Little Guy” for Search Engine Guide.

This session covered practical social media strategies and tactics that small business owners can employ.

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Google Provides Incorrect SPF Record Info for Use with Google Apps

by Scott Allen - March 19, 2009 
Filed Under Email, Google, Spam

If you’re using SPF Records with email powered by Google Apps, you most likely have a problem — a BIG one. Your email is likely getting flagged as spam, and not getting to important recipients. The (incorrect) SPF Record recommended by Google is:

v=spf1 include:aspmx.googlemail.com ~all

Unfortunately due to a problem with how Google is routing email internally, this WILL cause your outgoing emails to be flagged as spam, even when being read by another Google-based account. Great…thanks, Google!

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WP-SpamFree Version 2.0

by Scott Allen - March 16, 2009 
Filed Under Blogging, Spam, WordPress Plugins, WP-SpamFree

WP-SpamFree version 2.0 is here! Your favorite spam fighter for WordPress is better than ever with new features you’re sure to love.

What’s New in Version 2.0

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