Akismet: July Stats Roundup

This post is part of a monthly series summarizing some stats and figures from the Akismet universe. Feel free to browse all of the posts in the series.

In July, Akismet saw 5,608,437,500 pieces of spam come through. If each piece of spam were a book, there would be enough books to fill 156 Libraries of Congress (the largest library in the world).

There was a small increase in spam numbers since June – about 5%, but a 71% increase from last year in July. That’s about the same yearly increase as the one was saw in last month.

We also saw 310,275,000 legitimate comments made, which makes up only 5% of the total comments we see going around. If each real comment were a book, there would enough to fill only 8 Libraries of Congress (still not bad!).

Our busiest day was July 8 with about 240 million pieces of spam, and our slowest day was 6 with 133 million comments. Not a big range.

Overall, we missed only about 0.0206% of all spam comments this month. Although there weren’t any big fluctuations in our missed spam numbers this month, your missed spam numbers may be different. If you’re seeing more missed spam than usual come through, please do contact us and we’ll be happy to help 🙂.

Here’s how much spam and ham came through each day of the month:


This month we did not have any service interruptions. You are welcome to follow us on Twitter or this blog for updates on that.

Here are some interesting articles on spam from around the web we liked this month:

WordPress Video Embed Secrets

There is a right way and a wrong way to embed videos in your WordPress Posts and Pages.

Things have changed quickly and with the newest versions of WordPress 3.7 and 3.8 coming out shortly these changes will make embedding videos, music and pictures into WordPress even easier.

Watch How:

Today WordPress supports these multimedia services right out of the box:

  1. blip.tv
  2. DailyMotion
  3. Flickr
  4. FunnyOrDie.com
  5. Hulu
  6. Instagram
  7. Qik
  8. Photobucket
  9. PollDaddy
  10. Rdio
  11. Revision3
  12. Scribd
  13. SlideShare
  14. SmugMug
  15. SoundCloud
  16. Spotify
  17. Twitter
  18. Viddler
  19. Vimeo
  20. YouTube
  21. WordPress.tv

Old School WordPress Installation

Install WordPress

Duration: 5 Minute Screen Capture

Description: Getting started with WordPress if you don’t have a proper WordPress Host like Full Contact can be troublesome for online beginners.  Take a look at this old video from my original WordPress Mastery series which required software downloads, ftp accounts and programs like WinZip just to get the software installed!

You don’t need any of this technical confusion with your Managed WordPress Hosting Account from FullContact!

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WordPress Users and Permissions

Find out how to utilize WordPress Users and Permissions. You’re not the only one that can post to your Blog!

Duration: 15 Minute Screen Capture

Description: It’s easy to remove some of your work load in WordPress. Create additional user accounts for you Blog. You can control who gets to post, edit and even read every post when you understand the user setup and permissions in WordPress.

On top of controlling who posts what on your WordPress blog, the users and permissions settings you select during your WordPress configuration can dramatically affect how interactive your site is and how much SPAM shows up on and in your Blog.

Comment spam and User spam are two nuisances that are easily avoided by watching this WordPress Video tutorial.

Blogging Secrets

Create Gorgeous Content With The WordPress Editor

The WordPress Editor is available for every type of WordPress Content.

Description: Can I make this content look the way I want?

Will WordPress do this? How do I make my post or page look like this?

If you’ve ever wondered about how to create gorgeous content with WordPress 3.6 you need to use the WordPress Editor.  This video will give you a great behind the scenes look at making your blog content stand out.

While there are additional plugins that install alternate Editors, the default version works great.  I haven’t found any reason to install alternatives.   Plus with the new “Post Formats” available to us in WordPress 3.6 the basic editor makes it simple to dress up even the most boring content.  Watch and see!

Makes it easy!

Import Your Existing Blog or Content

This video will save you a ton of time and aggravation if you have existing blog entries on another domain, even if you’re using blogging software other than WordPress.

Duration: 15 Minute Screen Capture

Description: You’ve already done the work and you certainly don’t want to find yourself in a position where you’re going to have to retype your existing blog entries from one system to another.

I don’t blame you!

WordPress has a robust importing feature. This means that you can quickly import your existing blog posts and add them automatically to your new WordPress Blog.

This is a big time saver. Watch the video and learn how easy it is to leverage all of your past efforts.

Makes it easy!

WordPress Step by Step Video Tutorials and Checklists

Learn How To Create A Profitable WordPress Blog With the Newest Version of  WordPress

 No technical expertise required – these step-by-step video tutorials are designed specifically for beginners and intermediate WordPress Users.

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Would you like to know how YOU too can build profit pulling niche blogs? My latest series “WordPress 3.8 Videos” will teach you exactly just that.

Hi. James Maduk here, the author of Blogging Secrets and all of the other videos available with FullContact Sites Managed WordPress Hosting Membership. I’ve been blogging since 2001 and since that time I’ve setup and torn down more blogs than a demolition expert.

More importantly MY CUSTOMERS have set up more Blogs and RSS feeds than I can possibly keep track of. In fact many of my first customers have published their own books on Blogging since watching my videos.

In the last 4 years I’ve authored over 1000 small business marketing videos. The kind of step-by-step and easy to follow training sessions that literally ‘take you by the hand’ so you are in complete control. The bottom line is that you are going to learn exactly what you need to know AND how to do it!

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WordPress Niche Blogs…
While Blogging may not have reached the main stream for the public, the use of a WordPress Blog is the hottest marketing marketing tool available nowadays. In the overly crowded and competitive field of internet marketing, marketers have started to branch out into niche markets with the help of niche sites that pulls in cash like crazy for them.

This WordPress Master Video shows you EXACTLY how to set up your very own WordPress Blog site without…

…all the work goes into building a niche site, such as keeping track and updating the links every time a new article is added, not to mention getting the search engines to visit your site.

A WordPress Blog is the ideal way to build your online business, just look at what’s covered.

If you’re stuck without our Managed WordPress Hosting services, we’ll even show you how to download and preparing your existing web hosting account to get ready for the WordPress Software installation!

Watch over 25 Free Step By Step WordPress Videos and Learn: Setup, Configuration, Customization and Posting.  You’ll learn everything you need to start Blogging Today!  After WordPress is installed you’ll know:

  1. How To Change The Look and Feel Of Your WordPress Blog With Themes
  2. How To Edit Themes To Customize Them For Your Site
  3. How To Write Your First Post
  4. How To Edit All Of Your Posts
  5. How To Write And Then Edit WordPress Pages – Hint This Is One Of Word Press’ Most Powerful and Underutilized Features
  6. Organize your Posts With Categories
  7. Learn How To Harness the power of Links
  8. Edit & Manage Link Categories
  9. Advanced Posting Strategies and Link Strategies
  10. How To Add A PodCast To Your Post
  11. Extend Your WordPress Blog With Free Plugin Software
  12. Easily Tweak Your WordPress Installation With These Options
  13. Interact With Your Fans and Business Community With These Discussion Features
  14. Learn how to manage and control blog spam
  15. Add Users and Manage Permissions
  16. Make Your Blog Irresistible To Search Engines With This Simple Tweak
  17. Save Your Time and Effort Import Your Existing Blog Posts
  18. BookMarklets and Advanced Posting Techniques For Quick Profit Posts.
  19. Automatically Add Revenue Producing Amazon, Yahoo, Chikita, Adsense and Kontera Ads to EVERY Post And Page.
  20. Setting Up Your RSS Feeds

Get More Traffic With WordPress RSS Feeds and Podcasts

What is Podcasting

The word “podcasting” was a buzzword with the techie crowd in the early days.  You may have heard of it but not really understood what is was for.

So what is podcasting, anyway?

Podcasting is online audio content that is delivered via an RSS feed.

Think of it as radio on demand except you get to download and KEEP the song when you tune in.   Listening to a Podcast gives the listener a tone of options for consuming the content, far more than just listening to a radio station.  When a listener subscribers to a Podcast, they are the ones that determine the time and the place they want to listen, meaning they decide what programming they want to receive and when they want to listen to it.

Listeners can retain audio archives to listen to at their leisure.

While blogs have turned many bloggers into journalists, podcasting has the potential to turn podcasters into radio personalities.  Plus it can be used for a ton marketing and traffic generation purposes.  Here are some simple examples:

  1. Daily/Weekly/Monthly Informational content
  2. Music – Band promotional clips and interviews.
  3. Talk Shows – Industry or organizational news, investor news, sportscasts, news coverage and commentaries.
  4. Training Series – Instructional informational materials.
  5. Story – Story telling for children or the visually-impaired.

Podcasting is the syndication of audio files using RSS feeds.  It works the same as a standard RSS feed reader or news aggregator, the only difference is that the feed you subscribe to contains an audio file in it.   The best part is that WordPress does all the work.

Watch this video and you’ll learn what an RSS Feed is, how it gets created in WordPress and more importantly how you can use Podcasts to generate traffic without your Blog!

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WordPress Theme Customization Tricks

Your WordPress Theme or Framework likely includes a number of areas that can be “tweaked” by the Administrator.  These areas are usually managed via separate menus in the WordPress Dashboard.

In most cases you’ll be able to make the changes you want to your site through the standard addition of “Widgets” that add content features to your site.  But for the time that this basic editing of the WordPress theme you are using isn’t enough WordPress provide you with access to edit the core theme files.

This video covers this aspect of managing your WordPress Blog.

Duration: 15 Minute Screen Capture

Description: Learn how to edit any WordPress Theme

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Add Images Audios and Videos To Your Media Library

WordPress makes it easy to manage all your images, mp3 files and videos.

Description: Adding and organizing posts with categories is easy in WordPress.  The part that gets tough is trying to keep track of all the images and rich media that gets added to all your posts and pages.

Thankfully WordPress 3.6 includes an Media Library that makes all your content easy to keep organized.  Here’s a quick tutorial that introduces you to the Media Library in WordPress.  Make sure to follow the suggestions for proper Search engine optimization when  you’re adding your multimedia content.

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Add Multimedia to Every Post

Pictures are worth a thousand words…

so make sure to add rich multimedia like images and videos to the posts that you make.   Adding images and videos, even podcasts has been made easier with this version of WordPress.

With the new post format types and the “Add Media” button a compelling rich content experience is a great way to inform, persuade and influence your readers.

This screen capture shows you exactly how to insert media directly into your posts, and pages.

Learn all the Blogging Secrets.

How To Organize Your WordPress Blog With Categories

Categories make it easy to direct the flow of your Blog and focus on key posts.

Duration: 15 Minute Screen Capture

Description: Organize your WordPress Blog with categories.  There’s a number of special considerations when using WordPress Categories that revolve around assigning multiple categories to individual posts.

There’s also a limit to the number of categories that you add and how deeply they are nested.  The easiest way to make the best use of the WordPress category function is to spend time BEFORE you add content mapping out the flow you want your visitors to take as they consume your information.

Structure your content first, then assign the content to a corresponding category.  Here are some things to think about while you’re organizing your posts:

  1. Do I want flat categories or nested categories?
  2. Am I linking menus to categories that are nested or flat?
  3. Do I want my listings of individual posts from nested categories to be displayed in the root category blog?

Happy Blogging

Beyond The Basic Options In WordPress

While a default setup may work for many Bloggers, chances are that you’ll want to tweak your installation.

Duration: 9 Minute Screen Capture

Description: Tweak your basic WordPress blog with this video. Configuration and settings are all over in WordPress. Take the time to understand what each setting is for and how to use it in a way that supports the goal of your Blog.

I go throught each setup tab in this video and cover many of the variations that you might need to get the best performance from your site.

WordPress Widgets Tips and Tricks

What the heck is a widget I can hear you ask???

Well once you know, you’ll wonder how you blogged without them using WordPress.

We’ve covered a number of odd names in your WordPress Blog, Posts, Pages, Plugins, Themes and Now Widgets!  I like to thing of a widget as an “Post it note” for Blogs.

A widget gives you the opportunity to place a select amount of specific data taken from somewhere else and “place” it on your Blogs screen.  It doesn’t take up the entire page, like a “post it” it acts like a reminder or links to additional data.

What this quick WordPress Video and you’ll see how easy they are to use and more importantly some great ideas on how to use Widgets on your WordPress Blog.


How To Create and Place WordPress Menus

A well structured Blog Menu means the difference between giving your visitors a detailed map or asking them to discover all your information for themselves.

A WordPress Menu is a powerful tool if used correctly.

Description: This WordPress video tutorial goes over the creation of WordPress menus and more importantly how to display the multiple menus in various locations in your WordPress powered Blog.

Each WordPress theme includes one or more locations for menus to be placed.   Depending on which theme you have active on your site you may be limited….

If you’re stuck we’ve got additional plugins that will allow you to display a menu as a widget in selected sidebars.  Placing what ever menu you have widgets, removes the themes menu limits. You should definitely watch this session twice, the first time to get an understanding of how menus work and a second time after you’ve written down some ideas for menu links and locations on your site.

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How To Edit and Update Blog Posts

Blog Post Edits

Need to make changes to an existing Blog Post?

This video tutorial makes it easy to edit any blog post (or page) using the WordPress HTML editor.  I’ve also included some advanced posting tips including the inclusion of images, videos and mp3 files into your blog Post.

Play around, get comfortable and remember you can always go back and change every aspect of your blog post.

Blog Away!

How To Make Your Very First WordPress Post

Get Started Blogging With Your Very First WordPress Post!

There’s a secret to getting started with a WordPress Blog.  Post Often!

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes when you’re just starting to post to your WordPress Blog.  This new version of WordPress makes posting even easier with the new “post formats” features that are part of the built in WordPress editor.  Make mistakes, see how different types of posts look, play with the formatting options and have fun.

I’ve also included additional videos that reveal additional posting options, for example including videos and audio files in every post you create.

Read moreHow To Make Your Very First WordPress Post

Change The Look and Feel Of Your WordPress Blog With Themes

Do you have a specific idea on how your WordPress Blog is going to look?  What about the way it looks, the colors it uses and more importantly how the Blog functions with the readers?

There’s a lot to think about when you’re presenting your information from your WordPress Blog, luckily making changes is now super easy when you get a good handle on using WordPress Themes.

In this session you’ll learn:

  • Where to find WordPress Themes
  • How To Install WordPress Themes
  • How To Activate WordPress Themes
  • How To Customize The WordPress Theme You’ve Selected

Resources: Themes

Free WordPress Themeshttp://wordpress.org/themes/

Recommended 3rd Party Commercial Themes: http://elegantthemes.com | http://optimizepress.com | http://themeforest.net

Professional Drag and Drop Framework: http://Pagelines.com

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Permalinks Make Your WordPress Blog Irresistible To Search Engines

Search Engines like Blogs, but if you follow these steps Search Engines Will LOVE your Blog.

Duration: 20 Minute Screen Capture

Description: It’s common knowlege that most search engines like Blogs.


Because of the content! Lots of relevant focused content that’s updated on a frequent basis. But to make your Blog really stand out you have to understand a little about the way WordPress creates links to your posts and thats exactly what we do in this video.

Join me as I introduce a great free plugin and some simple built in WordPress settings that make your WordPress Blog super attractive to all the search engines.

  1. Lets setup and use Permalinks the right way.
  2. Lets download and install the WP SEO Plugin from Yoast

Add Great Content!

Install WordPress With cPanel and Fantastico

If you have and existing web hosting account… this video will apply if they include cPanel and Fantastico in their web hosting package.  We’ll be learning how to do a basic WorPress install with Fantastico in this video.   It’s an easy way to install the WordPress software, much easier than manually downloading and installing, but still has some limitations that you should be aware of.

  • Did the current version of the WordPress software get installed?
  • Are the MySQL database and Admin usernames and passwords random and secure enough?

I’m also assuming that you have at this point got:

  1. A hosting account with cPanel and fantasitico
  2. A domain name registered

If you do that’s fine watch the video and you’ll learn how to use cPanel for the WordPress install.  If you don’t have hosting setup yet please consider letting FullContact do all this work for you!

A FullContact Sites hosting plan includes a free domain name and we do all the install and configuration for you.

Installing WordPress:

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Your First WordPress Admin Login

Ok so WordPress is installed… what’s next?

Login as the Admin of course!

Here’s a video that reveals the Admin login options for your new WordPress blog.  I’ve also included some basic housekeeping chores for you as the new admin.

Take the time to consider the following if you installed the WordPress software yourself or with the cPanel fantastico app.

Is it the most current version and did you install WordPress using “best security practices”?

Let us know if you have concerns, we’d love to help.


How To Paste Content Into A WordPress Post

… Without having a bunch of messy HTML code make the post look completely different than the rest of your WordPress Blog!

If you have found a quote or additional content on another site that you want to include on your WordPress Blog the regular “cutting and pasting” approach won’t work.


Because when you copy and paste from a Word Document, email, PDF or another web site the content you paste often includes a tone of HTML code.  The result is different fonts, font colors, sizes, images not showing up and irregular spacing.

This video shows you the right way to paste content into your WordPress Blog posts and pages.

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Managed WordPress Hosting and Hosting

While many of you will have to download the free WordPress software and Unzip the files to your hard drive before you install it on you server. This new video shows you how to get a fully configured WordPress site setup for you.

When you open a Managed WordPress Hosting Account with us at FullContact Sites – we do all the heavy lifting!  You don’t have to do the Blog Install!  You don’t have to do the Plugin installs.  You don’t have to do the theme installs.  You don’t have to worry about any of the traditional technical headaches.

Duration: 8 Minute Screen Capture

Description: Here’s how to get started with a Managed WordPress hosting account.   Watch how easy it is and how quickly you can get up and running with your own WordPress powered web site.

To show you how easy it is to get started building a blog like watch the video below.  Remember all the live training and videos are free with your Managed WordPress Hosting Account.

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