If you have a WordPress site that has any sort of popularity then you no doubt have an issue with comment spam. Comment spam comes from a wide variety of spammers, scammers and online crooks trying to harvest your information to push their bogus links and phishing scams. Half of the time these bots are out of date and loaded with content that isn’t there. I regularly get hit by spammers that link to a website that’s down. Why drive links to a 404 page? At any rate, these vermin exist to make all of our blogs a little uglier by their posts. By using the 3 tips below alone I have virtually eliminated all of the comment spam on this website.
3 Effective Ways to Handle Comment Spam
WordPress has a lot of good spam tools that have been developed over the years. Some of these WordPress plug ins; in my opinion, should arguably be built into the WordPress core. If you’re experiencing heavy spam comments this is step #1 for eliminating these pesky buggers.
#1 Must Have WordPress Spam Plug ins
- Akismet – (a-kĭz-mĭt) n. Possibly the best way in the world to protect you from web spam. Akismet filters out your comment and track-back spam for you, so you can focus on more important things.
- Anti-spam – Anti-spam plugin blocks spam in comments automatically, invisibly for users and for admins.
- Stop Spam Comments – This plugin is intented to stop spam comments generated by spambots on WordPress powered websites.
- NoSpamNX – To protect your Blog from automated spambots, this plugin adds invisible formfields to your comment form.
#2 A Link that Kills Spam
There are a number of services out there that are designed to confuse and misguide spam bots. I prefer this link kills spam because it works. When this service sees that a spambot is crawling your site searching for email addresses to harvest it starts feeding them erroneous information. The site renders these bots lists useless by filling them with an infinite loop of randomly generated false email addresses. Suck it spammers.
#3 Deny IP Addresses
The following tip is for people who are using a host that gives you access to cPanel. Sorry Dreamhosters your host doesn’t give you this type of access that makes web administration easy. Get a better host here.
How to Block IP’s With cPanel
If you find a particular group of offending spammers are continually filling up your comments with bogus links and senseless data you can ban them by ip address. That’s right their actual IP address will not be able to access your server. Your comment spammers IP address will be listed in the under the spam comments tab. I like to make a list in notepad and individually paste them into the cPanel IP Deny Manager.
The IP Deny Manager will be found under the Security tab in cPanel. Open that bad boy up. Simply take your notepad list and paste the offenders in one by one. Problem solved.