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Tips and Tools to tackle WordPress Spam Comments

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Spam Bots targeting WordPress

Spam Bots are targeting WordPress for its well-known popularity and exploiting its commonly used coding to flood WordPress Site owners with thousands of Spam Comments daily.

While it is common for hackers to commit mass attacks, Spam Bots are becoming more evasive and costly annoyance for WordPress Site Owners. They crawl your site frivolously and place insistent and distracting spam comments; however they are easy and simple ways to divert them from your WordPress Site.

What Are Spam Bots and What Do They Want?

Spam Bots are automated scripts that are used to target the frequently used coding in the popular WordPress Sites and seek to use them for better page rankings or redirecting visitors to another Website.

These shameless advertisements, back links, and excessive amounts coding being inserted onto your site can cause loading issues, possibly cause your site to stall or crash, and could cost you more than the time it takes to remove them.

Honey Pot Technology becoming increasingly popular

Honey Pot technology is becoming increasingly popular as more site owners want to weed out spam comments.

Without putting their visitors through the hassle of captchas and other verification processes, like those used by Plug Ins, for WordPress, Honey Pot Technology can be used behind the scenes to catch Spam Bots off guard. However, both are equally successfully in stopping spam bots and keeping your comments spam free.

Before you can use Honey Pot Technology to deceive Spam Bots into revealing themselves, you have to install and activate WP Spam Fighter. You can then enable honey pot protection to apply a hidden form to your comments. Find out more about The Hidden Honey Pot and thwart future attempts by Spam Bots.

Plug In’s enabled to Combat Spam Comments for WordPress

One of the most used Plug In’s enabled to combat Spam Comments for WordPress Sites is a spam blocker called Askimet. Even though WordPress comes equipped with Askimet, it does require that you activate it and register for an API Key.

Askimet has been known to mistake a decent comment for spam sometimes so you have to be sure to actually check the comments being filtered before deletion. Find out more about enabling and registering Askimet for your WordPress Site with this handy WP Beginners guide.

Here are some other WordPress Plug Ins that you might consider using to halt spam bots and moderate comments:

  • Cookies for Comments is a crafty way to distinguish Spam Bots from Authentic Users when they initially visit your WordPress Site. By offering an image file or stylesheet to anyone visiting your site, Cookies encourages Spam bots to turn away. Spam Bots generally won’t waste time accepting the files, being automated scripts that initiate quick mass attacks on similar coding, and will turn down the cookies being offered by your WordPress Site.
  • Annoying as they may seem, Captcha Verification is a great way to stop Spam Blockers. Using a Plug In like WP-reCAPTCHA, you can incorporate a recapthca challenge with your comment forms; showing an image with characters that the user must duplicate in a given field, recaptchas can be a nuisance to site visitors and still allows for manual submission of spam comments.
  • A recommended alternative to the generally used Captchas is a Math Quiz Plug In which asks visitors to solve a simple math problem to submit their comment. Offering you the ability to customize its difficulty level to throw off spam bots, you can easily install, activate, and visit the Settings>Math Quiz to choose between Plain Text and Image Captcha problems.

Disable Spammers; both Automated and Human

Enabling Honey Pot Protection and incorporating Plug Ins’ are great ways to combat spam bots but some of these solutions leave you open to manually submitted Spam Comments from other Site Owners; however there are ways to disable both Spam Bots and Humans from being able to leave distracting Spam Comments on your WordPress Site.

  1. Disable URL Field of Comment Forms. Most Spam Bots specifically look for avenues to boost rankings and people are no different. Using the opportunity to plug in their business or affiliated sites by using the URL Field of the comment form and leaving a few irrelevant lines of commentary on a post, people are able to receive backlinks and traffic from comment followers and new visitors. Removing this URL Field will cut out any slick stuff from site owners trying to poach viewers.
  2. Disable Trackbacks. A large majority of spam comments are unintentional notices from fellow site owners, bloggers, etc. who have enable trackbacks to sites they have linked within content they have published online. Even though this common courtesy is done in good will, they can also be a nuisance. You can choose to disable trackbacks for your entire site or certain post by locating the choices within the default article settings of your Discussions Settings.
  3. While you’re in the Discussion Settings take the time out to customize your settings to further disable spam comments. Start by setting a customized closed discussion date to at least 30 days; Spam Bots and people can discover old post that still receive great traffic and try to exploit it. You can also decide whether or not a visitor must be logged in or not to comment on post.
  4. Disable both HTML Comments and Comments on Media Attachments. Users can leave comments on the automatically created attachment pages that are associated with images used on your WordPress Site. This can result in a cache of attachment pages and comment logs, which is ok if digital content is a large part of your business. However, if you would rather users comment on the post rather than the images, it is suggested you disable media comments altogether. A great tip for preventing people from inserting links is restricting HTML within Comments. If you aren’t tech-capable, a decent plug in to use would be Peter’s Literal Comment Plug In. It works by filtering HTML in WordPress Comments and converting certain signs and double quotes into HTML entities.
  5. Disable Comments in General. If you feel like you don’t want to incorporate comments at all or that they harm your site more than help, you can always cut them off completely. By accessing your Discussion Settings and Locating Default Article Settings, you can chose to disable all comments on new post on your WordPress Site.

WordPress Spam Free Solution

Creating a Spam Free WordPress can be time consuming and most people don’t understand what their Plug In is doing or why. Often times, people wait until they have been over-run by spammers to seek a solution.

Don’t allow Spammers to distract visitors from your content or cause your site any unintentional harm. Taking the time out to understand exactly where your WordPress Site is vulnerable, CMS Managers can help you incorporate the proper Plug In’s and procedures for tackling Spammers and Spam Bots alike.

For help moderating your WordPress comments and handling Spam Comments contact CMS Managers today. View their WordPress Support Packages or contact their Support and Maintenance Team for inquiries about their WordPress Support Services starting at just $29.99!

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