One thing you can do to reduce spammy messages on your blog is disable the “Allow trackbacks and pingbacks” setting. We’re now turning it off for new blogs, but you may have had a blog here before we started doing that.
This is a fairly easy step. In your Dashboard, go to Settings: Discussion.
Uncheck the box labeled “Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks).”
This won’t turn it off for posts you’ve already made, but all new posts will automatically have pingbacks disabled. While you’re there, you can take a look at the rest of your discussion settings and make adjustments if necessary.
Why is this setting there in the first place? Well, in the traditional blog community or blogosphere, you want to let other blogs know when you mention them, and you want to know when other blogs mention you. It fosters community. Over time, however, this has created a backdoor way for spammers to comment on your blog. Unless you’re using this as it was intended, there’s no reason to encourage spammers by leaving it on.
Do you have an existing blog on Google’s Blogger platform that you’d like to bring over to our hosted WordPress site? Use this handy conversion tool from Google’s Data Liberation Front. If you need help using this tool, ask at the Ed Tech Center. We’d be glad to walk you through it.