Stop Spam Comments
WordPress identifies 85% spam comments on popular websites.We all know how chaotic our websites get when spam comments hit them. We all desperately want to know how to get rid of them as well. Hence, you need not worry cause this blog will have all the ingredients that you’ll need to cook the non-spam comments recipe. Here’s presenting, How to stop spam comments on your website?
First things first; if in the starting of your blog journey you activated plugins to remove the nofollow attribute. I request you to deactivate it, right now. When I started my blog, I activated a plugin to start the DoFollow attribute on my website to get more viewers and traffic but what it does is invite a lot of spam comments which we need to strictly avoid.
Now, the following list of roads can be taken to reach the no-spam comments destination;
Akismet is a spam filtering plugin which is pre-installed in WordPress. Hence, it needs no download and installation but only an activation request. After which you can save hours of comment filtering from your website. Akismet catches blog comments from pingback spam using the algorithm. So for example, if so many websites have already spammed a comment it’ll recognise it. Akismet thus deletes them.
2.Cookies for comments-
Cookies for comments is a plugin which checks the comments according to its expertise and thus spams them. How you ask? This plugin forms spreadsheets and images in the blog post or website page and each time the browser loads one of them a cookie is dropped. Now, if the browser comments the cookie is checked. If the cookie doesn’t exist the comment is termed as spam and blocked. Also, if the comment speed is extremely fast than usual it’s blocked.
3.Using .htaccess method-
Now, while you’re using your website a few IPs constantly send spams and using .htaccess can block all those IP addresses to spam on your website again. For doing this, you should have a backup of your .htaccess files firstly because the changes might not save those. And then, just apply this code in your .htaccess;
<Limit GET POST>
order allow, deny
deny from 188.8.131.52
allow from all
4.Stop Spam Comments plugin-
The stop spam comments plugin is available in your WordPress and needs just an activation request. The reason I recommend this plugin is because it doesn’t affect the efficiency or actions of your website at all.
For this, you will need to install the WP-Spam Fighter. It helps you block spam comments very easily but not manually. Under this, forms are created in the comments which are not visible to the viewers. The spambots can view this though and eventually fill out these forms. Hence, identifying and blocking them.
Hope this article was of use for you. Happy reading.