How to Stop Spam

Comment spam is annoying and happens to just about everyone. The best way we’ve found to deal with this problem is to use the Akismet plugin. This plugin has a free personal/hobby key, or a commercial key that costs $5 per month.

Need to simply clear out tons of existing spam, but don’t plan to use Akismet to do it? Try using a tool like Delete Pending Comments to get rid of all those existing spam comments.

An alternative to Akismet that is free for commercial sites is to use a “Captcha” plugin, like “SI Captcha Anti-Spam”.

Akismet

Step 1: Activate the Akismet Plugin

To start using Akismet, just log into your blog’s admin area and, in the left-hand, main WordPress sidebar menu, go to “Plugins” » “Installed” and click the activate button in the Akismet plugin box.

wp42 activate akismet

Step 2: Get & Enter your Akismet API key

Next, you will need an Akismet API key to get Akismet working.

w42 akismet api activation

You have a few different options, depending on the type of blog that you have. Choose from the following options on the Akismet pricing page

  • Personal” – If your blog is just a personal or hobby blog then you’re in luck.  You can create an API key for free!
  • Pro” – Many photographers would fall into this category.  You are not a personal blog but your site is not crashing the server with traffic.
  • Enterprise” – This is for photogs that are running multiple sites and want to use Akismet on all of them.
  • Hi Volume” – This would be very few of our clientele, and based on sites that get tons of calls to the API.

If you aren’t sure how to classify your blog, all you have to go on is what Akismet says on their site, “If your site is for a business or if it promotes a product or service, you should pick from one of our paid account options.” Don’t contact us for clarification, as that decision is up to you.

That’s it! Akismet will catch pretty much all of your spam.

Step 3: (Optional) Discussion settings

Now that you’ve got Akismet running, we also recommend turning off comment moderation and notifications in your WordPress admin area. There’s no need to manually moderate comments or be notified of spam when Akismet is doing all of the work for you. Just go to “Settings” > “Discussion” and uncheck the four boxes shown in the picture below.

wp42 discussion settings


Comment spam is annoying and happens to just about everyone. The best way we’ve found to deal with this problem is to use the Akismet plugin. This plugin has a free personal/hobby key, or a commercial key that costs $5 per month.

An alternative to Akismet that is free for commercial sites is to use a “Captcha” plugin, like “SI Captcha Anti-Spam”.

AKISMET

Step 1: Activate the Akismet Plugin

To start using Akismet, just log into your blog’s admin area and, in the left-hand, main WordPress sidebar menu, go to “Plugins” » “Installed” and click the activate button in the Akismet plugin box.

wp42 activate akismet

Step 2: Get & Enter your Akismet API key

Next, you will need an Akismet API key to get Akismet working.

w42 akismet api activation

You have a few different options, depending on the type of blog that you have. Choose from the following options on the Akismet pricing page

  • Personal” – If your blog is just a personal or hobby blog then you’re in luck.  You can create an API key for free!
  • Pro” – Many photographers would fall into this category.  You are not a personal blog but your site is not crashing the server with traffic.
  • Enterprise” – This is for photogs that are running multiple sites and want to use Akismet on all of them.
  • Hi Volume” – This would be very few of our clientele, and based on sites that get tons of calls to the API.

If you aren’t sure how to classify your blog, all you have to go on is what Akismet says on their site, “If your site is for a business or if it promotes a product or service, you should pick from one of our paid account options.” Don’t contact us for clarification, as that decision is up to you.

That’s it! Akismet will catch pretty much all of your spam.

Step 3: (Optional) Discussion settings

Now that you’ve got Akismet running, we also recommend turning off comment moderation and notifications in your WordPress admin area. There’s no need to manually moderate comments or be notified of spam when Akismet is doing all of the work for you. Just go to “Settings” > “Discussion” and uncheck the four boxes shown in the picture below.

wp42 discussion settings

Comment spam is annoying and happens to just about everyone. The best way we’ve found to deal with this problem is to use the Akismet plugin. This plugin has a free personal/hobby key, or a commercial key that costs $5 per month.

An alternative to Akismet that is free for commercial sites is to use a “Captcha” plugin, like “SI Captcha Anti-Spam”.

AKISMET

Step 1: Activate the Akismet Plugin

To start using Akismet, just log into your blog’s admin area and, in the left-hand, main WordPress sidebar menu, go to “Plugins” » “Installed” and click the activate button in the Akismet plugin box.

wp42 activate akismet

Step 2: Get & Enter your Akismet API key

Next, you will need an Akismet API key to get Akismet working.

w42 akismet api activation

You have a few different options, depending on the type of blog that you have. Choose from the following options on the Akismet pricing page

  • Personal” – If your blog is just a personal or hobby blog then you’re in luck.  You can create an API key for free!
  • Pro” – Many photographers would fall into this category.  You are not a personal blog but your site is not crashing the server with traffic.
  • Enterprise” – This is for photogs that are running multiple sites and want to use Akismet on all of them.
  • Hi Volume” – This would be very few of our clientele, and based on sites that get tons of calls to the API.

If you aren’t sure how to classify your blog, all you have to go on is what Akismet says on their site, “If your site is for a business or if it promotes a product or service, you should pick from one of our paid account options.” Don’t contact us for clarification, as that decision is up to you.

That’s it! Akismet will catch pretty much all of your spam.

Step 3: (Optional) Discussion settings

Now that you’ve got Akismet running, we also recommend turning off comment moderation and notifications in your WordPress admin area. There’s no need to manually moderate comments or be notified of spam when Akismet is doing all of the work for you. Just go to “Settings” > “Discussion” and uncheck the four boxes shown in the picture below.

wp42 discussion settings

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