You have now decided to setup a wordpress blog but having problems moderating spam comments. You would come online and notice you already have 47+ comments on your wordpress blog, not just comments but spam comments.
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I used to be in your shoes when I started my own wordpress blog, but have long found a way to deal with these comments and that is exactly what am going to share with you on this post but before then let me give you a walk through.
When I started my blog on wordpress I hardly recognizee spam comments and I believe you may be facing this since you just started you wordpress blog. Now it brings us down to what spam comments really are;
Before setting up Akismet, you need to know the following
- What are Spam Comments
- How they Hurt your Blog and
- How do you recognize them?
What are Spam Comments
Table of Contents
- 0.1 What are Spam Comments
- 0.2 How Spam Comments Hurt your Blog SEO
- 0.3 How do your Recognize Spam Comments?
- 1 How to Setup Akismet for WordPress Blog
Many Website owners have come to know the importance of backlinks and are taking advantage of it in a very wrong way by using bot for comments, or hiring freelancers from market places like fiverr, seoclerks, etc. All for the purpose of getting backlinks to their websites.
How Spam Comments Hurt your Blog SEO
Spam comments do more than just pollute your blog posts; it can also hurt your site’s ability to rank, even if those comment links are nofollow links.
Spam comments tend to send links to dangerous sites which could make your blog look suspicious or recognized as a site built for the main purpose of sending links to these spammy sites.
Google could in turn lower your rankings since it can not trust your blog. As a blog owner you should not allow spam comments on your blog because you may suddenly notice a change of you rankings.
How do your Recognize Spam Comments?
Spam Comments can come in different ways ways, its your duty to recognize them when you come across them. Spam Comments could appear via the following ways;
They Appreciate You Alot!
These days spam comments are no longer left using the regular ways such as Nice Post, Great Article etc. It’s now becoming lengthy and tricky.
What they do now, is make you feel like they’ve read the post and leave a longer comment e.g. “Thanks for this wonderful Post, I will bookmark it”, “I was referred to this site and I will make sure I tell my dad about it”, (LOL) “Your site is superb fast even on 2G Network etc..
Now take note of this;
Everyone love to be appreciated for his hardwork so spammers use this medium to leave comments that looks like you’re being appreciated and if you happen not to recognize this, you approve the comment and give them access to leave more spam comments.
So whenever you notice a comment appreciating you;, try to check the URL and name of the commenter, and you’d quickly recognize if he’s a spammer or not.
They come with Strange Names and URLs
When you see a product or URL used as display name instead of a general human name. Example in the screenshot below;
They are guilty of Misspellings or Grammatical Errors
Most times readers make mistakes when leaving comments and its your duty to correct these mistakes as it helps keep your brand professional but spammers are fond of leaving comments with many typo errors. This way how you recognize them is actually checking the Display Name and URL in the comment. This way you know quickly they are actually spammers.
I believe by now , you know what a real comment is and what a spam comment is.
Now without wasting much of your time, in few minutes you are going to learn how to setup Akismet for your WordPress Blog and say goodbye to spam comments for life.
How to Setup Akismet for WordPress Blog
You want to setup what you don’t know right? hell No! Now you may want to know what Akismet is all about.
What is Akismet According to Akismet.com
Akismet is an advanced hosted anti-spam service aimed at thwarting the underbelly of the web. It efficiently processes and analyzes masses of data from millions of sites and communities in real time. To fight the latest and dirtiest tactics embraced by the world’s most proficient spammers, it learns and evolves every single second of every single day. Because you have better things to do”
Akismet is used by Millions of WordPress Users including Ttipsonblogging and is one of the most popular WordPress plugin out there.
Follow the below steps carefully to setup akismet for your wordpress blog.
Install and Activate Akismet
One problem I noticed most people have is not Installation and activation of Akismet but how to fully set it up (configure to be precise), How to get API key etc.. but it’s as easy as ABC and that is exactly what you are going to learn right now in not less than 5 minutes approximately.
Do the basic; install the plugin from your wordpress dashboard
- Click on Plugins >> Add New Plugin
- Search for Akismet
- Install and Activate
Now after activating the plugin, you should see a notification asking you to configure Akismet, click on it.
You will be required to input an API key; you need to click on the “Get your API key” button as seen below
Input your Email Address, Username, and Password in the necessary fields and hit Signup!
After signup, you will be taken to where you activate the plan that suits you, you can opt-in for the Basic Plan for personal blog (Free) or Plus Plan for commercial sites ($5 per month).
Reduce the amount to 0 (zero) and Enter your name and Last Name then hit Continue.
You don’t really need to touch the settings now because all is set at default!
I believe now, you have been able to setup akismet for your wordpress blog and can now say goodbye to spam comments.
If you have questions, let me know in your comments. Also let me know if you set it up successfully and share with friend