Comment spam is a common issue faced by WordPress users on a daily basis. This is not an issue that you can avert and combating it is not a onetime task. You need to keep a regular check on the activities on your blog and take necessary actions to keep your site free of spam.
If done manually, this important yet time-consuming task will take up a lot of your time which you can otherwise use on more productive tasks.
But there’s no reason to worry; well not yet, anyway. WordPress offers plenty of options that can put your website’s anti-spam into autopilot mode. This can be done either by using plug-ins or by altering the discussion settings in your WordPress Dashboard.
In this blog, we explain the ways to implement both these methods along with the best plug-ins that you can use. Read on to find how you can protect your blog from comment spam without spending a lot of time:
Top Anti-Spam WordPress Plugins
Altering your WordPress Settings:
If the traffic and number of comments on your website are low, i.e. when you’re starting off as a blogger; then this method will be enough to help you prevent spam on your website.
You can alter your WordPress settings to control spam under Settings>Discussions.
Here are a few methods to do this:
In your Default Article Settings, uncheck trackbacks and pingbacks. This will save you from more than 50% of spam comments. Just enable the option of allowing people to post comments on your articles.
Another great way to keep track of comments on your blog is by activating e-mail notifications whenever anyone comments on your blog. You can check both options available under “Email me whenever” settings and WordPress will notify you whenever a new comment appears.
WordPress offers plenty of features to keep your blog safe and healthy, but the above-mentioned technique is only viable if your blog has a low number of visitors and comments. But with time, the number of visitors increase resulting in an increase in the number of spam comments as well.
But who doesn’t want more traffic? And don’t worry, WordPress plug-ins have you covered. The websites with a large number of visitors may receive as many as 100-500 spam comments per day. In such a scenario, using an anti-spam plug-in is the best way to keep your website safe.
Here is a list of 8 best Anti Spam WordPress plug-ins to keep your website spam-free:
Akismet is currently regarded as a top anti-spam plug-in for WordPress which provides premier level protection for your WordPress site. The plug-in installs and activates spam protection with the help of an API key.
All comments posted on the website are uploaded to Akismet servers after which, genuine comments are published on the website and spam comments are sent to the spam folder.
Akismet is compatible with jetpack and contact form 7. Further, it also enables the user to view the spam comments’ status and history.
Clean talk is an effective cloud-based anti-spam plug-in that blocks spam content quickly without any hassles. Firstly it uploads the comments to its cloud servers, where the comments are subjected to various validation tests.
The test includes verification of the submitted comments, blacklisted HTTP links, disabled java scripts, etc. The comments which go through the validation tests are allowed to be posted and other comments are sent to the spam row. Quite neat!
Spam destroyer is an effective plug-in particularly designed for low traffic blogs and websites. It stops mechanical spam without blocking the commenter’s profile. And it is so inconspicuous that it is not even visible to readers!
WordPress Zero Spam
Goodbye Captcha is a plug-in compatible with the jetpack, plan SO, postmatic, mailchimp and epoch. The plug-in can be used to get rid of spam comments, spam attacks and spam signups and prevents any suspicious comment to be published on the blog. It is a powerful plug-in that can keep your website safe from suspicious login attempts too and literally, makes your blog say “Goodbye” to any spam activity.
The way WangGuard works is quite similar to clean talk and Akismet as it checks and approves spam comments on peripheral servers. Wang Guard’s connection is encrypted with SSL for the purpose of providing extra security to your blog’s database. The plug-in is compatible with BB press and buddy press.
Stop Spammers Spam Prevention
Stop Spammers can be used to limit login attempts along with preventing the posting of spam comments on WordPress websites. It has more than 20 step checks to sense spam comments and other nasty actions on your blog. When the plug-in identifies a suspicious login attempt or comment, it takes the user to a requested page for another attempt to login.
The users have to go through a captcha screen in order to avoid the possibility of any spamming. Currently, Stop Spammers checks spam through a variety of captchas viz. solve media captcha, Google ReCaptcha, and open captcha.
The nice part about this plug-in is that it doesn’t add captchas, questions or other interactions for users to check spam and provides a user-friendly spam protection procedure.
Just like your body needs to be regularly checked for viruses, your blog needs to have a regular protection against spam comments and other malicious attacks.
Have you ever used any of the above plug-ins to protect your blog? Tell us about your experience in the comments below!
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