Have you been receiving lots of spam comments in your WordPress blogs lately? I know this is very annoying while you are reading the true comments from your blog visitors, and trying to delete away all the spam comments and messages you could never understand of what they are saying relating to your blog post. And if you are new to WordPress platform, this will be a great post for you.
When you just started out your blog or website using WordPress, you may not receive any visitors. As you updated your site content regularly, you will attract more visitors and comment. This great as you have started to generate more traffic to your site and your blog may get more popular over time. However, this will also invite more spam comments for you to moderate where you need to spend more time to delete them than reply the true comments from your royal visitors.
Fortunately, there is a plugin in WordPress which can relieve your annoyance. I believe you must have seen this common word Akismet in your WordPress admin area. It's ok that you do not know what it until nowâ€¦ It appears mostly in your WordPress plugin and Widgets area.
Akismet is a spam-fighting service that hecks the content of the comment anonymously with an online server, to determine whether it is spam or not. Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not and lets you review the spam it catches under your blog's "Comments" admin screen.
And now it is the time to get to know how to use Akistmet in your WordPress to cut down the chain of spam comments with this step-by-step guide.
1. Activate Akismet Plugin
2. Click the link Akismet Configuration
3. Apply for Akismet API Key
4. Retrieve you API Keys from your email address you've registered.
5. Enter your unique and long Akismet API Key and Update your option.
Now most of your spammer comments will be redirected to your spam box instead of your inbox in WordPress admin. You can also run on your website that will allow others to send you email through a web interface using Contact Forms. Unlike other web to email gateways, Contact Form is designed to thwart spammers. It does not allow email to be sent to unknown addresses, nor does it reveal addresses that it knows.