How to Prevent Spam Comments in WordPress

How to Prevent Spam Comments in WordPress

Spammers often use blogs such as WordPress-powered websites as targets for leaving unsolicited messages in an attempt to gain website backlinks. You probably do not want to use the website that you worked hard on to give a spammer free publicity, but deleting spam comments manually can be tiresome if your blog receives hundreds of spam comments daily. WordPress includes a spam filter called Akismet. Akismet is free for personal use on non-commercial blogs. Enable Akismet to prevent spam on your WordPress website.

  1. Click the “Plugins” heading on the left menu of the WordPress Dashboard.
  2. Click the “Activate” link under “Akismet” on the plugin list. The top of the page displays the message “Akismet is almost ready.”
  3. Click the “Enter your Akismet API key” link. This displays the configuration page for the Akismet plugin.
  4. Open a new browser tab and navigate to Akismet.com.
  5. Click the “Sign up for Akismet” button.
  6. Select the “Sign Up” button under “Personal” on the right side of the page.
  7. Lower the slider under “What is Akismet worth to you?” to “$0.00/yr.”
  8. Enter your name and email address and select the “Continue” button.
  9. Check the email address that you provided in the previous step. You should find an email titled “Welcome to Akismet.”
  10. Copy the alphanumeric code next to “Your Akismet API key is.”
  11. Return to the browser tab displaying the Akismet configuration page on your blog. Paste the API code into the box labeled “Please enter an API key.”
  12. Click the “Update Options” button to begin protecting your WordPress blog from spam.

Note: Akismet is not free for for-profit WordPress websites. For non-personal websites, Akismet pricing starts at $5.00/month per website.



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