WordPress Spam: Everything You Need to Know

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A WordPress website provides a means to create community and communicate with your customers. Whether you’re a business, non-profit or an individual blogger – this is invaluable. But it’s not without its downsides. Among the biggest is in dealing with the inevitable WordPress spam that can arise from all corners of your website.

Spam is something that has been around for decades. We first came to know it through those piles of unsolicited emails arriving in our inboxes. It’s come to have an impact on all of us at one time or another.

But when we talk about WordPress spam, it’s a multi-faceted subject. It can cover things like comments, contact form emails, user registrations and even posts. Plus, there’s also a security component tied into the issue.

While it may sound like a major challenge, WordPress spam protection is very possible. It just takes the right tools and approach.

Let’s have a look at the different types of spam associated with WordPress websites. From there, we’ll provide you with some tips and tools for taking control.

The Main Types of WordPress Spam

WordPress Spam Comments

By using the WordPress comment system on your site, you invite discussion. Unfortunately, you also invite loads of automated spam comments as well. They take away from a potentially meaningful conversation and muddy the user experience.

Just as bots look for WordPress security vulnerabilities, they also search out open comment forms. If your site is left unprotected, they can litter your website with all manner of nonsense in a very short period of time.

Spam Comments Example

Spam comments (aside from the obvious ones, like garbled characters or blatant ads) tend to stand out because they’re complementary but contain no specifics:

Excellent weblog here! Additionally your site loads up very fast! What web host are you using? Can I get your affiliate hyperlink to your host? I wish my site loaded up as fast as yours lol This one is great $3 hosting with FREE .com domain and free SSL included:

I do believe all of the ideas you’ve presented in your post.
They’re very convincing and will definitely work.
Still, the posts are very quick for newbies.
May just you please lengthen them a bit from subsequent time?
Thanks for the post.

I blog frequently and I really appreciate your information. This article has really peaked my interest.
I will book mark your site and keep checking for new details about once
per week. I subscribed to your RSS feed as well.

Are Comment Systems Worth It?

One of the most effective ways to stop comment spam on your WordPress website is to simply turn off commenting – that is, if you’re not committed to using it. For the majority of websites, this is recommended.

However, there are a number of sites that have a need for the comment system. If your site falls into that category,

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This article was written by Eric Karkovack and originally published on WPShout.

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