How to Stop Automated Comment Spam

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Need relief from comment spam? You’re about to get it.

Activate the free Anti-spam plugin on your site now. Then, when the spam stops, you can come back and read my explanation below 🙂

Here’s what you need to know:

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The vast majority of comment spam is automated. It doesn’t come from people who visit your site and submit spam comments. It comes from software that submits them automatically.

The automated software spammers use these days is intense. They scrape the web for thousands of sites to comment on in their niche, and use multi-threading to comment on dozens of sites at a time. It’s no challenge to submit tens of thousands of spam comments in a day.

Sounds pretty bad for us, huh? Well, the good news is they’re not that hard to stop.

There are ways to distinguish automated bot visitors from real human visitors. For instance, they can be tricked into doing things a real person would never do (like filling in an invisible form field).

The Solution for Comment Spam

Anti-spam does a great job of blending techniques like this to detect bots and the outcome is phenomenal. In my experience, it blocks 100% of automatic spam. Just activate the plugin, and you’re done with comment spam.

Update 5/17/2018: I’ve also had great results over the last few months with the WP Bruiser plugin. It’s more customizable and feature-rich than Anti-spam, but they both work well.

The popular Akismet plugin also handles comment spam effectively, but it requires a monthly subscription to run on your site.

Ben Sibley
Ben Sibley
Ben Sibley is a WordPress theme designer & developer, and founder of Compete Themes.