How to Prevent Spam On Your WordPress Site (And Why It Matters) –

How to Prevent Spam On Your WordPress Site (And Why It Matters) - WP Mayor

No matter what type of site you’ve created with WordPress, enabling users to add their thoughts to your posts is a smart move for driving engagement. Unfortunately, opening up your comments section means you may receive some spam.

To keep your site optimized and credible, minimizing spam is a must. The good news is that WordPress has many tools available for cutting down on the number of low-quality comments on your site.

In this post, we’ll explain what constitutes ‘comment spam’ and why it matters to your WordPress site. Then we’ll share three simple tips you can use to prevent it. Let’s get started!

An Introduction to Comment Spam

Comment spam comes in (more or less) three flavors:

  • Low-quality links to untrustworthy sites.
  • Self-promotional content from actual users.
  • Posts that aren’t ‘value-adding’.

The first type involves people or bots sharing links on your site via the comments section. You can usually identify these fairly easily because they include suspicious URLs, poor grammar, and content that doesn’t have anything to do with your post:

This is by far the most dangerous type of spam. You should seek to prevent it or eliminate from your site as quickly as possible.

You may also see less sketchy links among your comments. These may come from actual readers, but that doesn’t mean they’re not problematic:

An example of a self-promotional comment.

These users are often more interested in promoting their own content rather than engaging with yours. Sometimes they won’t even go to the trouble of discussing your post and how it’s related to their link, making it irrelevant (and possibly annoying) to other users.

Finally, you may want to consider eliminating comments that lack substance:

An example of a comment with no substance or value.

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This article was written by Will Morris and originally published on WP Mayor.

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