How To Spot + Deal With Spam Comments

Hello, I’m Madeleine! Today I will be talking all about spam.

No, not that spam. Today I’ll be talking about spam comments. Spam comments are comments that are “irrelevant or inappropriate messages sent on the internet to a large number of recipients” (Oxford Languages). They also often promote their own products, or on our case, blogs.

Before I get into how to spot spam comments, I’m going to list some dos and don’ts when dealing with spam comments.

Don’t click on any links in the spam comments.

These links may give your computer viruses, have inappropriate content, or pretend that your computer has viruses so that they can give your computer an actual virus. If you look through your spam comments, they often use URL shorteners (like to hide suspicious links.

Sometimes if you click on a link the website it leads to looks real, but the second or third time you visit the website it’ll do weird stuff.

Look through your spam comment folder often.

WordPress isn’t perfect at spotting spam comments, so kind comments may end up in the spam comment folder. However, be careful to not approve spam comments.

Block people that leave spam comments.

Before deleting your spam comments, make sure to block the people that left them. To do this, click on User Info and then Block User. This will prevent them from giving you anymore annoying spam.

Some spam comments may not land in the folder, while other comments end up in the folder, so it’s up to you to discern them. So here are a few pointers to determine whether comments are spam or not!

They’re very vague.

If the comment is very vague, like, “Lovely content. Check out my blog at” Spam has to be distributed to many blogs easily, so they are often going to be very vague. From personal experience, spam comments often include the word “content.”

They have a lot of links.

Spam comments aren’t just there to annoy you, they are trying to get your money or personal info, so they often have links. Like I said before, don’t click on these.

They have bad grammar.

This is kinda a weird one but spam comments often have bad grammar. I found in this article that they have bad grammar to bypass spam comment filters.

The comment “writer” has a weird email.

You can see the email address of the comment writer by clicking on User Info. If the email is something like “” instead of something like “,” the comment might be spam.

You get the comment multiple times from different “writers.”

I’ve got multiple of the same comments and sometimes slightly different but basically the same comments, or promoting the same product/website.

I hope you found this post helpful! Let me know what the funniest spam comment you’ve ever gotten was. Three times I got a ten page paragraph essay in a spam comment. That was interesting to read 😂 If you have any tips on spam comments, leave them in the comments too! Bye!

The Most Customizable Free WordPress Themes

If you are using the free version of WordPress, odds are that the themes available aren’t that great.

That’s where I’m here to help! I’m Madeleine, and in today’s post I am going to share the most customizable themes on WordPress. These themes are not necessarily the prettiest, but instead the most customizable, so you’ll be able to make these themes fit your need, not mine.

Karuna is the most customizable theme I have found. There are many Content Options, four footers, one full width footer, two headers, a sidebar, and a color palette of three colors of your choice. What’s so cool about Karuna is that if you don’t add the sidebar, it lets you add content to the page at full width.

Also, the menubar is sticky, which just adds that extra little touch to this theme. The links have hover animation, which is pretty awesome.

Dara is a popular theme, but for a good reason! Like Karuna, it has Content Options, a sidebar, headers and header images, a large color palette, and three footers. However, Dara is a bit hard to switch over to after designing your pages. You’ll have to spend a bit of work changing things. If you don’t add a sidebar, then the gutters on the side will be wider, and it’ll look awkward.

Dara can be made to look cute or serious, depending on the color of the menubar and background. For a more minimalistic look, set your link color to white: your links will be gray and your menubar will be white, with a faint gray line underneath.

Penscratch 2 is a great theme. It comes with a sidebar, header and header image, many Content Options. However, there is only one color in the palette (that is used for links). Because of the header image, you can place your logo above or below the menubar.

Like Dara, the gutters on the side get wider if you don’t add a sidebar.

Pique is a very pretty theme which has a sticky menubar, a sidebar, three footers, a header image as well as a logo, and it boasts a color palette of four colors! The home page is quite interesting: there are many panels in the homepage, which you can customize in the Customizer and create an anchor menubar for it. I don’t quite know how to do it, but if you want to have a one page blog, Pique is the theme to choose!

I don’t see the theme Ixion used a lot, but I highly recommend this theme! It has a header image and a logo, two color choices, many content options, four footers, a sidebar, and an easy way to make featured content! The theme is sleek and bold, though the links aren’t the prettiest. A pretty search icon is placed at the top of the page, abut to my knowledge there isn’t a way to make the search disappear.

Spearhead is a beautiful side-barless theme, boasting five different colors, one footer, and the ability to choose between excerpts and full posts both on the home page and other archive pages. As an added bonus, the links are animated and the underline is quite spaced from it so it gives a more clean look.

Twenty Twenty’s not the best in my opinion, but it has some cool customizable options if you want a stunning home page cover. You can choose between full posts and excerpts, and there are some other content options as well. The color choices customizable but not great. You won’t be able to get your color spot on as there is only a slider to choose your color instead of a hex color code box.

This theme also has a built in search in the menubar (which you can turn on or off), which I believe is important to some people.

I hope you found my list of themes helpful! Let me know your favorite WordPress themes; I’d love to know. Which were your favorite themes out of this list? I hope you have a wonderful week! Bye!

How To Make A Blog Button

Hello! I’m Madeleine, from the blog Whimsical Watercolor 👋 This is my very first post on LTBL! Thanks to Maggie for letting me join! Today I am going to share how to make a blog button with Google Drawings and a couple tips on what you should and should not include in your blog button. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Open What’s great about using Google Drawings is that it has a transparent background, so there won’t be any white edges around your button.

Step 2: Use the shape tool to add a circle. I made mine a white circle, but you can choose any color you want.

Step 3: Add text using either Word Art (Insert –> Word Art) or a text box. I used Word Art to add my blog name. I used the font Oleo Script.

Tip: Always make sure you have the full blog name on your button so that people know what your blog is called. Don’t use initials (e.g. WW).

Step 4: Add a link. Always make sure you have the link on your button, because if friends who you’ve swapped with forget to link your button, people can still check out your blog. I used the font Oxygen.

Tip: Choose a super easy to read font for your link. Mistyped links will never lead to your blog.

Step 5: Add a tagline.

Tip: If you change your tagline a lot (like me), don’t add your tagline to your button.

Step 6: Decoration time! I drew these flowers beforehand in a Autodesk Sketchbook, so I added them to my button. I also added a border to my button by clicking on the background circle and choose an outline color. Once you’re done go to File –> Download –> PNG (don’t choose anything else besides PNG).

Tip: Make sure the decorations represent your blog and are eye catching but clean! Your button should be the one that gets clicked on in a button page.

I hope you found this tutorial and the tips helpful! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask! Google Drawings is sometimes a bit complicated. If you don’t feel like making your own button, check out the LTBL Design Team, who can make you a wonderful customized button! Have a great day, bye!