Press "Enter" to skip to content

How to Stop Comment Spam on Your WordPress Site

Spam is as old as the internet and just annoying as ever.

Lucky for us, WordPress developers have had years to work on reliable solutions for combatting comment spam.

While there are numerous solutions available, the plugin I consistently lean on for spam prevention is Anti-spam.

This free plugin is likely all you need, but for even more advanced comment spam blocking, try out the Anti-spam Pro plugin.

Transcript

Hey, this is Ben from WPAnswered.com. In this video, you'll learn how to stop automated comment spam. Now, I don't need to tell you that comment spam is annoying, especially when you're receiving valid normal comments from your readers and you're trying to sort through which ones are spam, which ones are real comments. By the time you get around to a real comment from someone who actually enjoyed your posts, you're annoyed with all the spam and maybe not in a great headspace to leave a thoughtful reply and to approve their comment. It's really tedious and annoying and luckily there are some really simple solutions for stopping this problem. Now, there are a lot of anti-spam plugins out there, but the one I recommend above all else, the one that I use on competethemes.com is called Anti-spam, very simply named. It's this one right here on wordpress.org as you can see it has excellent reviews and what I really like about this plugin is that all you need to do is install it.

There's no complex configuration or anything like that. To show you how this works, I'll visit my dashboard and hover over Plugins and click the "Add New" button to go straight to the Add New plugins menu. In here, I'll type anti-spam, do not forget to add the hyphen as well, or it will be harder to find this even with it spelled exactly right, it shows up in the third position. This is the one that you want to install. I'll press "Install Now." Once it's done installing, I'll press "Activate" and there's no further action required. That's all I need to do. And once you install the plugin like this, you're going to see your spam comments drop drastically. This may be enough on its own for your website. Um, if you're like me, I've used this plugin to block more than 100,000 spam comments already. It's been working really great.

However, I did find with the volume of spam comments my site was receiving, I needed to kick things up a notch in order to completely block all the spam I was receiving. So if you're still getting spam comments with this plugin installed, there is a pro version as well called Anti-spam Pro. This one's got better protection algorithms. It still doesn't require a capture or any settings menus. There are some settings you can add if you'd like to add custom controls for how you block manual spam, but it's not, um, this isn't necessary. This is if you just want to finetune things to even further block spam. So I would recommend starting with the Anti-spam plugin. That should work well for your site. If some comments are still getting through that you see are clearly spam, go ahead and try out the Anti-spam Pro plugin and I'll include a link to that in the description below as well. I hope this helps you to stop your annoying spam problem. If you like video, press

the Like button below. If you want more tutorials, don't forget to subscribe. If you have any questions for me, please leave them below in the comments section. And thanks for watching.

Ben Sibley
Ben Sibley

After using WordPress for the last 9 years, I've made dozens of websites, designed and developed 20 themes that have been downloaded more than 1.5 million times, and personally helped thousands of WP users with their sites.

Now I'm sharing everything I know to help make WordPress an easier and more rewarding choice for building a website. If you have a question you want answered, submit your question here.