Best Anti Spam Plugin for WordPress
What is Spam?
How about getting up, and finding a whole bunch of unwanted comments, maybe some 100’s or a thousand comments. And then you spend the rest of the day deleting them and figuring out which are not spam.
The moment your website starts getting a decent amount of traffic, spammers will join. In most of the cases, there are spambots. Which will keep pinging to thousands of sites. Also, some other bloggers would love to take unwanted advantage of your site and will start adding their links. Don’t worry you can block them all.
Disadvantages of having Spam on your site?
- It’s Annoying to find people are linking their sites to get traffic or writing something extremely irrelevant to your posts.
- Trust factor: Seeing some “wrong links” in your comments, people won’t find your website reliable and shareable to others.
- Reduce SEO score: Having meaningful keywords in your comments increases your Google rankings. So does having tons of bad links to dangerous sites will reduce your ranking.
- Reduce site load: Spam comments will keep filling your WordPress database. This will increase your database site and makes it slow to load.
Ways to save your site from Spam.
Proper configuration of WordPress Discussion settings
Using some of the best Anti-Spam plugins which will filter spam automatically.
Best Anti Spam Plugin: Akismet
Akismet is offered by Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com.
Akismet checks your comments and contact form submissions against a global database of spam to prevent your site from publishing malicious content.
It’s a must to have plugin.
Download the official WordPress Akismet Plugin.
Then you need to get API key to activate the plugin by signing up on Akismet website.
If are able to API key free by yourself, great!
follow the Picture by Picture instructions to get Free Akismet API Key.
At SchoolMonk, I am currently using only Akismet plugin and that’s it to control all the spam. I highly recommend not to use many plugins to achieve the same functionality because that will make the site heavy to load. At max 2 plugins to stop spams.
Some other recommended Anti Spam Plugins:
Anti-Spam Bee is a completely free WordPress plugin for both personal and commercial uses. Unlike Akismet, Anti-Spam Bee does not require user registration.
Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin
Growmap Anti Spambot (GASP) is a free plugin. The plugin adds a client-side-generated checkbox to the WordPress comment box, which the users must check to confirm that they are not a spammer.