How to Stop Automated Comment Spam

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.

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  1. Abhas Kushwaha Abhas Kushwaha

    Hey Ben,
    Thanks for telling how to stop automated comment spam ,would you mind telling me how to stop manual spam as it is suggested in the video only 50% manual can be stopped ,how can we stop more?

    • Ben Sibley Ben Sibley

      If you’re still getting a lot of manual spam then I would recommend upgrading to Anti-spam Pro. It adds a settings page where you can configure how aggressively you want to block manual spam. I had to update the settings to block all comments containing links (even 1) to stop the spam I was getting.

  2. Elle Bent Elle Bent

    Thanks for sharing this on how to stop spam comments. I will also use the Anti-spam Pro.

  3. dealstoall dealstoall

    Amazing information to STOP spam comments in today’s digital space..It is very important. I will be using this Anti Spam pro in my upcoming blogger..Great Job..

  4. Đạt Tín Đạt Tín

    A great way to stop spam, Akismet is a perfect choice.

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