You’ve finally done it, your site is gaining traction, and you’re getting more traffic than ever before. However, once your site starts to pick up your traffic, you might also notice the rise of something else, too: spam comments.
If you run a WordPress blog or website and have comments enabled, then you’re probably well aware of the spam comments that fill your inbox. These can be a nuisance to sort through and delete yourself, but you don’t want to stop moderating comments and have spam comments fill up your site.
Luckily, if you’re using WordPress, then there’s a way around this. There are dozens of anti-spam plugins you can use to help ward off those pesky spam comments.
One of the most popular anti-spam plugins on WordPress is Akismet. That’s because Akismet performs all of its activities from a centralized server that keeps a thorough check on unwanted spam messages being posted on your WordPress website. This plugin has been designed by Automattic, the people who created WordPress. It is one of the many reasons why you should not bother yourself with compatibility. This plugin will automatically be updated by WordPress.
The only downside of using Akismet is that if your server fails to connect with the centralized Akismet server, your website will be vulnerable to spam messages. Configurations are a bit limited, making it a preferred choice among simple users.
Akismet is available in the WordPress repository for free. However, if you wish to use it for commercial purposes, then you can purchase their business license at $5 – 50/ month.
Antispam Bee is a simple and free spam protection plugin. It doesn’t require you to register or setup an account, just install the plugin and you’ll be set. To filter out spam this plugin compares spam requests to an existing spam database, uses IP address checks, and Gravatar validating.
Plus, this plugin will show the statistical data of spam requests blocked and filtered. There’s also a feature that will delete any stored spam every couple of days, so it won’t slow down your site. If you’re looking for a simple spam solution, then this plugin is worth trying out.
If you are looking to block spam registrations on your WordPress website, then WangGuard is a free WordPress anti-spam plugin that you can make use of. Irrespective of the type of WordPress website you own, WangGuard offers you complete safety from spam users registering an account on your website.
The downside of using WangGuard is that it only denies access to spammers from opening up an account on your website. It does not offer any such protection from comment spam made by pre-registered accounts. Though, WangGuard does allow you to add extensions which can further protect your registration page, thereby making your website more secure. By becoming a gateway for your website registrations, it performs its duties respectively.
The plugin is absolutely free and can be found in the WordPress Repository.
WordPress Zero Spam is an anti spam plugin that’s very easy to setup. There’s no need for any APIs or a complex setup process. It’s not quite as feature heavy as the other anti spam plugins on this list, but it’s free, quick to setup, and will get the job done.
This plugin helps block spam comments and spam account registration. Plus, it also integrates with Contact Form 7, BuddyPress, Gravity Forms, and Ninja Forms, so your site will be spam free regardless of which contact form plugin you’re using.
The WordPress Spamshield Anti-Spam is a premium plugin that comes with a multiple-layer protection. It not only defends your website from unwanted spam but also blocks out automated spambots. The multi-layered Anti-Spam shield consists of two main layers.
It is one of the smartest spam-catching tools across the world of WordPress.
AntiSpam by Cleantalk operates in a similar manner to Akismet, using a cloud-based system to evaluate spam comments. However, you can also create blacklists that will block requests from certain locations, IP addresses, emails and more.
With this plugin, you’ll be able to monitor spam comments and registrations across your comments, contact forms, registration pages, checkout pages, and much more. Basically, you’ll be protected across any area a spam comment might occur.
This plugin is currently offering a free trial, along with an $8 per year commitment.
Growmap Anti Spambot is an effective antispam plugin that adds a client side generated checkbox on your comment section that confirms that the user is not a spammer. The checkbox is much more convenient than captchas. They are also not visible to bots as they are generated by client-side java which helps is preventing 99% of spam.
The plugin also adds dynamically named fields to the comment forms so that the learning bots are filtered as well. It also allows you to set a specific number of comments that a visitor is allowed to make on your website.
Growmap also automatically removes all comments that are awaiting moderation so that spambots don’t think that they have been successful in placing their links.
WPBruiser is an amazing plugin to remove spam signups, spam comments and brute force attacks. The plugin is easy to install and takes not more than 2 minutes to configure on your WordPress website. It doesn’t display a captcha or any other fields which means the plugin prevents spam without ruining your website’s user experience and design.
The plugin not only detects spam but also removes them, saving you a ton of your time and energy. WPBruiser also doesn’t rely on external services, making your login completely secure. It also fights against brute force attacks, protects your website against login and password reset pages.
Spam Destroyer is a simple and straightforward WordPress anti-spam plugin. All you have to do is install the plugin and enjoy a spam free website. The plugin doesn’t add any captchas or fields that make it easy for real users to leave their comments.
Stop Spammers is a powerful WordPress anti-spam plugin that is capable of performing more than 20 different spam checks and can also block spam from more than 100 countries. It also gives a second chance to users who have previously posted spam comment on your website.
The plugin displays Captcha to prevent real users from getting blocked. However, it will only be displayed if a user is detected as a spammer.
If you’re having issues with spam comments on your existing WordPress site, or you want to protect yourself before it becomes an issue, then consider using one of the plugins above.