WordPress is a wonderful platform for blogs, with various themes and plugins to enhance it functionality. And one of the fact that makes it a dynamic site is the commenting. Visitors are allowed to leave a feedback, ask questions or compliment your effort, but comment spammers can turn this into an headache for you. Comment spammers uses bot to spread comments (usually including links) across blogs for various purpose, such as backlinks. Most of these comments are not readable, while some will not be related to your blog post.
Seeing this comments on your blog can be so annoying and this can piss-off your blog visitors. And if you are a Google Adsense publisher, comment can be a factor of getting your account suspended because you are responsible for any content on your blog.
Now, how do we control and minimize comment spams on our blog?
Comment spam is a fact, you can not do without. You can not stop it, but you can reduce it. Although there is no 100% effective way of blocking spammer from commenting on your blog, but there are various plugins that can minimize this activities. The most popular of them all is the Askimet Plugin. This plugin comes with WordPress and can be use. However, I do not use this plugin on this blog, because of it complexity, at least for me. Rather, I use another anti-spam plugin to fight comment spams and it is effective in reducing them. The anti-spam plugin that I am using is Block Spam by Math Reloaded Plugin.
How I Fights Comment Spams on My Blog
As I mentioned earlier, I use Block Spam by Math Reloaded Plugin on this blog as at the time of writing this post. What this plugin does is bring out a simple mathematical calculation (summation) which must be solve by the commenters before there comments can be published. All you do as a commenter is just add up some simple digits together before you can post comment.
However, no anti-spam measurement is 100% effective. So comment spammers still find there way through. In this case, what I do is put all my comment on hold until I verified it. To do this, login to your WordPress admin area, under the Settings tab, click Discussion, scroll down to Before a comment appears and tick An administrator must always approve the comment. This way, all comments on your blog will only be published after I must have approved it.
How to Install Anti-Spam Plugin for WordPress
Under the Plugins tab, click Add New
In the search box, enter the term “block spam by math”
In the result page, install the Block Spam by Math Reloaded plugin and activate it. Make sure it has ‘reloaded’ at the end.
Then under the Settings tab, click Block Spam by Math and set it up.
That is all. It is all set. Now, most comment spammers will be pissed off, hence reducing the number of comment spams you will be receiving per day.
We can not finally block comment spams, so make use of an effective anti-spam to fight it. I have shared with you the Block Spam by Math plugin because that is what I am using on this blog. You can find several effective ones and use it on your own blog.
Because spammers are finding a better way of bypassing all the anti-spam plugins available, it is advisable to make use of a very good anti-spam plugin, or make it 2. I hope this helps you a lot in reducing the number of comment spams you receive on your blog.