One of the downsides of running a WordPress website is the amount of spam that can come through the comments and contact form. This spam is usually in the form of weird comments, sometimes in Russian or a foreign language and sometimes in the form of comments that seem like they could be real but you can tell they’re fake.
So how are these comments and spam contacts coming through so frequently?
What is happening is robotics software is looking for WordPress software and then auto-sending those messages out to thousands of WordPress blogs at one time. 99% of the time these comments are not from humans, and rather are from spamming software that usually originates overseas. That’s why they don’t make sense in what the comments are saying is the messages are software generated by people whose first language isn’t English.
So what do we do about WordPress spam?
Well there’s actually some very easy solutions starting with a couple plugins. They should be used independently, trying the first one and then possibly the second if the first plugin doesn’t work.
The first spam blocking plugin is called Akismet. It is a good spam blocker. Recently with the updated PHP it hasn’t worked very well and a different plug-in has had to be used called spam protector.
The other plugin is called Anti-Spam by CleanTalk and works pretty good as well. It seems to block all spam, so try both of these solutions and see which one works best for you.
Stopping the spam comments is a good idea because it reduces the amount of bandwidth required for your website and therefore speeds up the overall site load. (Also, super annoying to continuously get these messages in your inbox.) And that brings up another place that spam comes into a website and that is through the contact form. The contact form spam can be stopped by using Google CAPTCHA.
Let me know if you have any questions about these tools or how to get them set up. Also, how is spam affecting your site currently? Drop a comment below and let’s discuss it!