What Do You Do With WordPress Comment Spam?

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    If your website is built on a WordPress platform, you might be worried about all of the comment spam that you might be getting.

    You’ve just logged into your WordPress to make some changes to your website and the first thing you notice is that your site has been attacked by comment spam. Ugh! Now what? Do you manually check each comment and hit the spam link or do you just ignore them? That can be tedious. By default, WordPress makes sure that each comment must be approved before they show; so you shouldn’t worry about these awful comments showing on your website.

    There are a couple of plugins you can do to prevent and manage your spam:

    1. Akismet. The most popular plugin, this is usually already installed in your WordPress website. For most you only need to activate it. There is a $5/month fee but it has been very useful and works well. You’ll need to create an account (just follow the link through your website). From their website, “Akismet filters out your comment and track-back spam for you, so you can focus on more important things.”
    2. Bad Behavior. A WordPress plugin, but can also be used for any PHP website. You can usually tell if you have a PHP website by looking at one of your website’s file names in the address bar. It might show the /filename.php. For your WordPress site you would need to install this plugin. This is a free plugin. From their website, “Bad Behavior complements other link spam solutions by acting as a gatekeeper, preventing spammers from ever delivering their junk, and in many cases, from ever reading your site in the first place.”
    3. Simple CAPTCHA. Many forms might include the dreaded CAPTCHA script. As users, we hate them, as website owners it can save a lot of time and money by preventing automated bots (website robots) from using your forms. But it does take some time to configure. You’ll need to create a special account with reCAPTCHA. It is free but you’ll need to determine how you add it to your WordPress website.

    Comment spam can be managed but you’ll need to take some steps to help with it. Let us know if you need help.

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    Christina Hawkins

    Since 1999, Christina has been designing and building exceptional websites partnering with small businesses to help them grow and increase revenue. With many years of experience in creating thousands of websites, she understands the need for continuing education in her field and, therefore, is constantly learning and teaching others about internet marketing and digital processes. In addition to her ability as a digital marketer, Christina serves as a coach and mentor with Agency Mavericks to other digital marketing freelancers, helping them grow their businesses. She is a sponsor and co-leader of Houston's WordPress Meetup. Recently, she spearheaded the next Houston WordCamp 2020 as its coordinator after a 10 year hiatus. She is currently President of the Houston Interactive Marketing Association.

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