Stop WordPress Comment Spam
There is only one way to stop WordPress Comment Spam completely and that is to disallow visitors from commenting on your blog via WordPress the Settings > Discussion section of your wordpress admin panel.
However that’s not very practical because we want to encourage visitor comments and discussion on our websites and blogs.
How to Administer WordPress Comment Spam
I find WordPress Comment Spam amusing, I quite like reading them when I have time for a giggle. I’ll explained why people place comment spam on WordPress (and other blogs) at the bottom of this post and why it is a misguided waist of the spammers time.
How to set up WordPress anti-comment-spam software
You will need to purchase an Akismet API Key and then follow the steps below.
Step 1. Purchase an Akismet API Key here. (This is not an affiliate link)
It only costs $60 USD per year and is well worth the investment. Simply follow this link and then follow the on-screen instructions. It’s really easy so don’t worry. You will receive your API key by email, keep it safe as you will need to use it below.
Step 2. If you have a self-hosted WordPress website or blog the Akismet Plug-In is possibly already installed if not simply go in to your WordPress dashboard, click “Plugins” then “Add New” then search for “Akismet” – Then Install or Activate, You will be presented with the Akismet set-up page where you’ll need to enter the API key emailed to you earlier.
Step 3. Got to your WordPress dashboard “Settings” > “Discussion” and make sure the following boxes are ticked:
- “Allow People to post comments on new articles”
- “Comment author must fill out name and email”
- “Email me when whenever anyone posts a comment”
- “An administrator must always approve the comment”
- Click Save Changes
That’s it your Akismet WordPress comment spam plug-in software is now set up and will begin protecting your blog from spam straight away.
How does Akismet WordPress Comment Spam plug-In work?
Each time a new comment, trackback, or pingback is added to your site it is submitted to the Akismet service which runs hundreds of tests on the comment and then it returns either a thumbs up or thumbs down. If Akismet returns a thumbs down it puts the comment into the spam folder saving you time and effort sorting through and deleting spammy comments from your blog. If it returns a thumb’s up it will be held for moderation or posted dependant on your settings..
Here is a screenshot of one of my WordPress Akismet Spam Catching Stats:
As you can see as my blog has been getting older and more popular Akismet is catching and deleting more and more WordPress Comment Spam automatically. As you become more confident with Akismet you can adjust your settings so that all non “held for moderation” comments can be posted straight away.
What does WordPress comment spam look like
When you read comment spam you will know it when you see it. Mostly it reads like gobaldy-gook because it is written by a low paid, third world worker who does not have a real grasp on the local language. Also the spammer may try to include links inside the comment. NOTE > Never click these links unless you are confident it’s not from a spammer.
Here is a screenshot of a well written piece of comment spam on one of my posts. I disabled all of the dangerous bits and then approved the comment as an example.
The above spam comment was designed to rub my ego a little and ask for advice which was designed to give the spam comment some legitimacy. The spam commenter included a link to his website which was not something I would ever link to or give credence to. I removed all links and made the comment safe.
Why do people place WordPress Comment Spam?
Bad marketers place comment spam because they are trying to take advantage of your great content to try and get back-links for their clients. Or they are trying to put their product links in front of your readers hoping to make a sale. Read my next post entitled Why Spammers Use Comment Spam.
The Web Business Builder is a UK Website Design Company and we build anti comment spam in to all our client websites. If you are considering buying a new website ask your website designer if he or she will be installing WordPress Comment Spam prevention software.
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