Spam comments are very harmful for the reputation and the rankings of the website. You must have gone through this that, when you open your website dashboard you see for example: 2000 new comments, but when you check them all of them are spam, filled with ugly URLs and other languages that you even don’t understand. So, in this post I am going to discuss steps to Reduce Spam Comments on WordPress Blog.
Mainly the spam comments may be of two types: one is the spam comments from bots and some other from real spammers that want to hurt your website or want a pagerank for their website.
So, here are the steps that will surely help you in reducing your spam comments on WordPress Blog.
Steps to Reduce Spam Comments on WordPress Blog
1. Install Akismet Plugin
The first and the foremost step will be to install the akismet plugin to your website now. This is one of great method of separating your real comments from the spam comments. They send the suspicious comments to the spam folder. This plugin is not 100% efficient as it may even leave some comments from putting them in spam box.
Still you won’t like to see those many comments in spam box. For that follow the next step.
2. Install G.A.S.P. plugin
The GASP (Growmap anti spambot plugin) helps you to add a check-box at the end of the comment box that would verify if the one who is commenting is a bot or a human being. You can customize this plugin by providing any statement that you want before the check box, like “Check the box to prove you are human” etc. This will reduce the number of comments to your spam box by about 98%.
3. Disable comments from old posts
The posts that are 2 or more months old, just disable the comments to that posts. You may have observed that mostly the spam comments are produced on the older posts. This step will reduce the number of spam comments by huge margin.
How to Disable comments on older posts?
- Go to settings >> Discussions
- Under other comment settings
- Tick on the option : Automatically close the comments for posts older than _____ days.
- Just fill in the blank filled with the number of days you want.
- Job is done.
4. Use capche code
These all steps discussed are enough for reducing the number of spam comments by a large amount but if still you want to reduce the spam count, you can add the capche code instead of tick box. By the way, capche also works the same way as the check box plugin GASP works. So, you can choose which ever option you like for reducing the spam comments.
5. Close the comments on pages
Don’t allow the comments on the pages as these are the places which are mostly targeted by the spammers for the spam. Most likely the comments are not needed on pages. And if you really require comments for a particular page then you can surely enable it for that particular page.
I hope these all tips to Reduce Spam Comments on WordPress Blog were helpful for you, so do share this article.