Nobody likes spam comments, it’s can be really frustrating cleaning up your spam locker every day. Nothing pisses me off than hitting the “Empty Spam” button daily. So I set out to find a permanent solution to stop spam comments on WordPress blog.
I played with the .htaccess file and added some line of codes; it may have worked in the past, but in 2013 it was just another wasted effort.
Thereafter, I used GASP (Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin) for a couple of days and it worked fine. Although, it eliminated the annoying captcha, it did come with a check box and only when ticked will the comment be sent to your comment section for moderation. A few spam comments also managed to scale through the wall.
What GASP didn’t do was to be effective on my mobile platform. Then, I realized I had to do away with GASP. After trying seven different anti-spam WordPress plugins in seven days, I finally found what worked across board. It eliminated spam completely from my blog.
Ensure that you have Akismet running on your blog.
At first I was skeptical at what this plugin could do. File size was under 10kb and I almost concluded not to install it. But once I did, everything worked just like magic. Spam comments completely eliminated. The most appealing features of the Anti-Spam plugin is that you won’t get to see those annoying captcha and there is no check box either. This is a ghost Anti-Spam plugin that will only allow comments submitted via browsers. Spam comments are usually submitted via post, so the likelihood that you will see a single real spam comment on your comment section is almost impossible.
I have used this plugin and still using it, it works like a charm and has equally saved me a lot of stress. If you want to stop spam comments completely, then there is no other time to take that decision now by downloading and installing Anti-Spam plugin.
For optimum result, combine Akismet plugin and Anti-Spam plugin together.
I have said so much about combating and stopping spam comments from your WordPress blog. This is best alternative I can think of that has worked for me. If you have come across other plugins that works great, kindly drop them on the comment box and let continue the learning cycle.