• Guarding Against WordPress Comment Spam
  • Guarding Against WordPress Comment Spam




In this video, we're going to talk about how to fight comment spam. If you have comments turned on
anywhere in your site, even if it's just one post from long ago that you've forgotten about, 
you'll get spam. Now WordPress has built in the ability to mark a comment as spam. I'll go ahead 
and click this one and now it's in my spam folder. Unfortunately that doesn't really do anything.
It keeps it off the front of the site but so does trashing it. What we really want is a system 
that can read your comments for you to figure out which ones are spam and deal with them 
appropriately. If you go to wordpress.org and search for spam you'll note that there are more than
a thousand plugins that deal with spam in some way. There's spam protection by clean talk, spam 
master, spam protection and anti spam, spam bye bye, the list goes on and on and on. When choosing
an anti spam plug-in, use all of the methods we talked about when choosing any other plug-in. Look
for active installs, last updates, compatible up to, how old it is, that sort of thing. Given that
these are all free, it can't hurt to try several. Not all at the same time, just one at a time. 
But you can try one and if it works, great. If it doesn't, you can try another one. That's the 
glory of free software. Another one I want to point out is called Akismet. A copy of Akismet comes
with every install of WordPress but the way it works is that your comments get routed through 
their servers so that they can read them. This means that everybody that uses Akismet has all of 
their comments get routed to their servers and so they get a wonderful sample of what is spam and
what isn't. Additionally, when you're running Akismet, if something gets through when you mark it
as spam, it lets them know and that increases their accuracy. Acusa, that's been around for 
several years and the longer it's around the more accurate it gets because people mark things as
spam appropriately. I want to point out that Akismet requires an API key for premium. It's nine 
dollars a month and comes with these options for plus it's $5 a month. For basic its name, your 
price, and that price can be zero. Akismet will let you get an API key for zero dollars and use 
it for free forever. If it works for you, I recommend giving them some money because it helps 
keep the system running. Now with both of these, Akismet and any of these others, what actually 
happens is they simply go in the spam folder like I showed you with this one. There, now I have 
one in my spam folder. The problem is spam comes very quickly. You would be amazed at how much 
spamcomes in to your site or maybe you wouldn't. That's why you're listening to this. If you don't 
keep up with emptying your spam folder - see, there's a button right here for that - then you 
might end up with hundreds or thousands or maybe even tens of thousands of spam items. The problem
is if you click empty spam it tries to do them all at once and no server on earth can do ten 
thousand spam deletions at once so for that reason I recommend batch comment spam deletion. It 
allows you to go ahead and click this button but rather than try to delete them all at once it 
does it in batches. It'll pick a hundred at a time and do it over and over and over until they're
all gone. So you can simply click empty spam and walk away and all 10,000 spams will go away. So,
to reiterate, on wordpress.org there are thousands of anti spam plugins. You can try them and if 
they work, great. If they don't, try another one. Akismet is what I use, personally. It works very,
very well and I love the fact that my usage contributes to its accuracy. Then, lastly, if you end 
up with thousands of spams and you can't delete them all, use batch comment spam deletion. It'll 
speed up your database and it will get clutter out of your WordPress admin.

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