Activate Akismet to kill spam comments in your WordPress blog.
When you launch your new blog, it is your hope that you will attract tons of readers, and they will be so captivated by your posts they will want to leave a comment to compliment you, or thank you for your insight. Imagine the disappointment when you review your first comments and they turn out to be full of nonsensical gibberish, or links to other product sites . What has happened is some on-line marketing company has discovered your blog, and are attempting to promote their customer’s product, or site, by planting inbound links, or mentions of their product in the comment section of your site. Welcome to the wonderful world of Comment spam.
As disappointing as it may be to find an awkwardly worded “compliment” from someone who clearly never even read your post, there is a bit of good news that comes along with comment spam. We have noticed that blogs usually do not suffer from a lot of spam comments until they begin to achieve some visibility in the major search engines. If you are beginning to receive lots of spam comments, you must be doing something right in terms of Google visibility. Fortunately, these comments are not visible to other visitors unless you approve them in the comment area of your dashboard.
Even still, the comments can become a nuisance as they stack up in your moderation queue. It can take considerable time to moderate and delete them. Fortunately there is a solution. Most WordPress installations come with a spam filter plugin called Akismet already installed. All you need to do to nip comment spam in the bud is activate Akismet, and your flow of spam comments will be reduced to a trickle. Here is a brief tutorial that will lead you through exactly what to do to activate you Akismet plugin.
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