Spam

I love comments but when I log in and see this garbage in my comments it just drives me crazy.

I’m glad I have to approve my comments.

I like the spam option

I keep getting spam comments from this site or person and honestly who has the time for dealing with this garbage.

Here is the nasty site I keep getting spam from , I report as spam but still keep getting garbage.

Maybe it’s time to look for a different site if they can’t stop this garbage.

I hope the sleazy little spammers , spam bots all get caught, shut down whatever.

I found this info online

OPTION #1: CONFIGURE WORDPRESS TO MINIMIZE COMMENT SPAM

As the most popular blogging platform in the world, WordPress is particularly attractive to comment spammers. While no platform is completely immune to spam, WordPress bloggers often catch the worst of the comment spam storm.

The good news is, your first line of defense against comment spammers is setting up strong WordPress fortifications.

Here are the steps you can take to strengthen your WordPress platform against comment spam:

Hold comments in moderation until you approve them.

Start by configuring WordPress to send all comments to moderation (which means every comment will be emailed to you for approval before it gets published on your site).

To do this, go to:

  • Settings > Discussion in your WordPress dashboard.
  • Check the boxes next to “Anyone posts a comment” and “A comment is held for moderation” under “E-mail me whenever….”.
  • Then check “Comment must be manually approved” in the section called “Before a comment appears.”

The downside of moderating your comments via email is that your readers won’t see their comments immediately appear on the site after they submit them, which is potentially discouraging for them, and could slow down the conversation.

You’ll also need to spend time handling the emails as you watch over the discussion on your blog, so budget your time appropriately.

Turn off trackbacks.

A trackback is a notification that someone else has linked to one of your posts.

For instance, if another blogger links to your post in his own blog post and decides to send you a trackback, you’ll get a notification in your inbox about it. If you approve the trackback (which works similarly to approving a comment), you’ll then see that trackback in the comment area of your original post. Picture a trackback as a conversation that links two blog posts together.

Unfortunately, trackbacks are often abused and are a frequent cause of comment spam.

To turn them off, go to: Settings > Discussion > Default Article Settings, and uncheck “Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks).”

The downside to turning them off is that you won’t get notified when other people link back to your site, but the trackback notifications are actually fairly uncommon these days. You probably aren’t losing much in terms of conversation on your blog.

Automatically close comments after 30 to 60 days on all your posts.

You will get most of your valid comments during the first few weeks after you publish a post. If you close comments after that, you’re not likely to lose engagement from real readers.

Comment spammers troll the Web looking for older, popular blog posts to hit, which means the posts in your archive could be targets.

To close comments on every post after a specified number of days, go to: Settings > Discussion > Other Comment Settings. Check the box next to “Automatically close comments on articles older than”and choose 30 or 60 days in the selection box.

Use a spam-blocking plugin.

Plugins that filter out spam comments are easy to set up, and often run without a lot of day-to-day management. You can try Akismet(which is available for individual blog installations for a small fee).

Filtering plugins like Akismet aren’t a spam management panacea, however. They aren’t foolproof, so you will still see the occasional spam comment in your inbox.

Plugins like these also occasionally catch legitimate comments in their filters, so you will need to monitor the “spam comment” section in your WordPress dashboard each week and make sure it hasn’t accidentally caught a remark from one of your favorite readers.

To do that, go to: Comments, then click on the “Spam” tab, and browse through the comments filtered out by Akismet.

To read more

https://smartblogger.com/comment-spam/

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