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How to Reduce WordPress Comment Spam

Do you frequently receive hoards of spams comments in your blog (WordPress blog)? Honestly, there are quite a lot of people who suffer from the same issue and are finding ways and means of avoiding it. However, there are various ways one could handle such kind of unwanted spams.

The following are some of the steps:

Akismet

free-akismet-api-key-wordpressThis is one of the most significant plugging present in the WordPress. There is no need to download since it is pre-installed in the WordPress. However, you would have to activate it and avail the API keys.  The Akismet plays a great role in fighting against SPAM and without it, you could somewhat have a tough time in handling spams.

Cookie Usage

In this method, you ought to install the cookies and then activate it for the WordPress Comment plugins. Basically, most of the spam boots are automatic run scripts and to spam many websites in few minutes, they never download or upload stylesheets and images.

In addition this plugin can send to the user an image file or stylesheet when a page filled with comments form is accessed. So, in case if the browser of the user downloads the file automatically, the plugins would automate the cookies in such a manner that it can be easy to identify them like a legit user.

Nofollow Comments

Most of the time, new bloggers would add WordPress plugins in order to throw away the attributes present in the link of the comment author. They basically assume that by making such links dofollow, one can easily be able to make more users to leave a lot of comments. Therefore, this would really lead to getting a lot of spam comments.

Surprisingly, the non-spams comments are even submitted by those users who are least interested in taking part in the discussion and are only care for the back links. One has to remember that it is all about quality rather than quantity. Frankly, it is not a bad idea to opt for plugins which would share the link juice through the variety of comments.

Honeypot for Spam Comments

The Honeypot technology is one of the best and the most effective means to counter attack the spambots and forcing them to identify themselves. For this, one has to install the WP Spam Fighter and then activate it. Now as it gets activated, you have to then go to the settings and choose the WP Spam Fighter tool and then enable it. What happens is that it would simply add a hidden form to the given comment which can be only visible to the bots.

Removal of Website URL

The URL option which is present in the comment form often attracts the spammers (i.e. both human and automated) and even invites individuals who have no basic interest in taking part in the discussion. Most of the time, these comments would be filled with information which is utterly nonsense and quite irrelevant.

In addition, the name of the author of the comments will be having keywords or a combination of both. Simply by removing such URL from the given field you can discourage the given behavior.

Adding Verification in the form of Captcha

captchaBy opting for the WP-reCAPTCHA plugin, it would simply enable and activate the recaptcha challenge on the given comment forms. These Recaptcha would show various kinds of images that would contain various characters and users would have to type such kind of characters in order to show that they are not human.

Even recaptcha is the best means of blocking the various spam bots, still it is not the best means to avoid any kind of manual submission of spam comments in your website. In addition, another great advantage is that reCaptcha is very much effective and fast means of blocking any kind of spambots.

Disabling Comments Through Media

This is one of the newest methods where the WordPress designs image attachment pages wherein any user can view the images and leave a lot of comments. So, if you are linking any kind of images to a given attachment page, then you would get various kinds of attachment pages filled with comments which can be enabled.

Disabling HTML Present in Comments

One of the best tips in order to avoid links or comments is simply by disabling the HTML present in the comments. The best means to do it is by using the Peter’s Literal Comment plugin. It is quite simple and easy to install as well as to activate. And any comment which is submitter to the given website would later need to pass through the HTM parsed WordPress filters.

Disabling Comments

Suppose you do feel that certain comments are going over the line and you cannot control them, then you do have the option of switching off the comments in the WordPress. It is quite simple and all you need is go to the ‘Settings option’ and select the ‘Discussion and Uncheck’ box which lies next to the ‘Allow comment’ option.

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