Avoid Spam Comments
Every Blogger must be thinking to avoid Spam Comments. Your blog is your responsibility. You have to save it for a long time. After you host and run a Blog successfully, another important challenge you are going to face is avoid spams. Spamming is the huge problem that the internet is facing currently.
According to wiki:
Comment spam is a term referencing a broad category of spambot or spammer postings which abuse web-based forms to post unsolicited advertisements as comments on forums, blogs, wikis and online guestbooks.
The huge traffic is the influence of your blog and at the same time, the spam comments will get increased on your Blog. People who are working on php server side scripts and prepares their own native HTML site, might face the complexity, in controlling a lot of spam comments. Most of the native HTML websites uses the Google Captcha or any other captcha methods to avoid a lot of spams.
Why Spam Comments?
Before we get in to the procedure to stop the spam comments, we have to think that why Spam comments attack on any website? Is it a kind of attack done by many hackers on the internet? If so, then why do they want to attack your website? These are the crucial questions to be asked yourself.
Usually hackers prepare scripts based up on your web forms (Such as your commenting text fields at the end of each post). Such scripts can be executed to attack multiple comments on your website, at a time. That means many hackers can post multiple comments at a time on your post without any reason or a cause.
As you know that the commenting system or any discussion forum was designed in such a way that, any user who were registered or not registered, there should be a reliable way to interact with any post published on your Blog.
At the same time, the registration process is also one of the important aspect to make any user, member of your website. And if we do not use any web securities, then you have to face the bump of hacking on your website.
How do they spam your website?
Just as I discussed in the beginning of this post, hackers might find any reason or resource to attack your website. Suppose many websites uses multiple affiliation links for promotions. They would always anticipate the users to click on those links to redirect to multiple websites. Back linking is one of the core concept of SEO.
That means, many hackers inject their links to your comment section, in the process of their promotion. Most of the scripts would be prepared using java script, python and php.
Is it really a big deal to avoid spam comments?
Definitely not. Because, for every problem there would be a solution. WordPress is built in with multiple features, especially on the discussion system.
Follow the below to avoid spam comments and registrations
- Do not select auto approve option in the discussion setting.
- Never allow a user to register directly as an Admin or an Editor. Chances of spam would get increased then.
- You can certainly stop a lot of automated scripts by using an effective WordPress plugin.
Use Akismet from WordPress to avoid spam comments
The next step you must do is, download and activate akismet plugin.
Follow the steps from the below video to avoid spam comments and registrations.
According to wordpress,
Akismet checks your comments and contact form submissions against our global database of spam to prevent your site from publishing malicious content. You can review the comment spam it catches on your blog’s “Comments” admin screen.This helps to avoid hundreds of spam comments on your site.
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