The extraordinary features and functionalities that are integrated into the WordPress websites are absolutely because of the varied plugins.
But, did you know?
Comments that flow from the traffic are not always a good sign that you are getting good traffic on your blog.
Since, we create the website to get maximum exposure and engage the audience, a website creator will never want to restrict the audience to like and comment on the blog posts. Interaction is the main motive of any website.
But, what if that interaction starts taking the form of spam? Unwanted comments and so on…
Ultimate Tweaks to help deal with Comment Spam:
Let’s face it! When we think of the word “spam”- One thing that comes to our minds is Email spam. We often forget that there are many types of spam. Like unwanted messages in your inbox, there are comments that are completely unwanted or sometimes- disguised!
Thankfully, you have got ways to quell that spam.
Most people using WordPress can keep grumbling about the issues in WordPress website until they don’t know the power of Akismet that comes with every WordPress website. If you have not yet set up till now, it should be the first thing that you should consider setting up to manage that comment spam right away!
What is Akismet by the way and how to set it up in 3 Easy Steps?
Whoever starts with WordPress, Akismet is free of cost provided to WordPress users by default. It is all up to the users to know the worth and use of this highly advanced anti-spam service. While there are plenty of good reasons to choose Akismet, millions of users of this amazing WordPress app already consider it very much helpful.
It is pre-installed, all you have to do is to make some tweaks in the Akismet Settings as below:
1.Easily set up an account in Akismet and log in to your registered account.
2.After you have setup the account, you will receive an API key.
3.In the Settings option of your Akismet account, paste in the API key, you just received.
1,2,3 and Sit back, relax and Akismet will do the magic!
What is it going to do to subdue comment spam?
Akismet is a boon for every entrepreneur and business owner who has so many other things to take care of, rather than hunting down the spam comments. As a business owner, do you have the time to sift through the swamp of valid or spam comments? No. It’s simply impossible and hectic at the same time.
“Comment Settings” you need to change:
- You get the control on who will comment on your blog posts:
You can change the Akismet settings so that only the registered users are able to comment on the posts. This will definitely cut down the comment spam from unknown sources meant to lure your clients or for backlinking.
A drawback of this setting is that you shut the door for new visitors who want to ask questions or want to connect to you.
“Discussion Settings” you need to change:
- Closing comments on any of your posts or older posts:
There is another major tweak that will help you cut out on the comment spam. There may be blog posts that may be inviting too much spam comments. These may be older posts or new posts.
Bots and automatic crawling spam programs will fail here when you close the comments on the posts you wish to.
Comment Moderation Settings:
There is another option you can easily consider is to moderate your comments. This will mean that you will have to manually moderate the comments. Until and unless you approve any comment, it will not be published any way!
A drawback that comes attached with “Comment Moderation” is that you will have to have a keen eye to sift through what is spam and what’s not? This can become a tiresome activity for you every day and every week and to pry into what looks like spam and what’s actually related to your blog post. Decisions!
Switch on the “Moderate Comments” in Discussion> Settings> Moderate.
Comment spam is a necessary battle that every WordPress website owner has to combat with. With the tips and tricks mentioned above, you can slash down the comment spam to a great extent.