Spam comments and/or messages are unwanted items to our blogs. Spams can create massive damage to your blog, computer, even your network. It’s just too obvious that we can’t get rid of it forever. But notwithstanding, there’s a lot you can do to help protect your blogs from spams and that’s why I have written this content on one of the most popularly known anti-spam plugin on WordPress, “Akismet Anti-Spam” and how it protects your blog from spams.
Before we talk about “Akismet Anti-Spam”, lets talk about spamming a little bit.
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Spamming is the use of messaging systems to send an unsolicited message, especially advertising, or sending messages repeatedly on the same blog. The most widely recognized form of spam is email spam, and it’s applied to similar abuses in other media, like Instant Messaging Spam, Usenet Newsgroup Spam, Web Search Engine Spam, Spam in Blogs (which is our main focus), Online Classified Ads Spam, Mobile Phone Messaging Spam, Internet Forum Spam, Junk Fax Transmissions, Social Spam, among others. Now the big question is “How Do I Block Spams While Blogging?” That’s why you need “Akismet Anti-Spam” plugin.
Akismet Anti-Spam currently have about 5 million and above active installations. This plugin checks your comments and contact form submissions against its global database of spam to prevent your blog from publishing malicious content. It allows you to review the comment spam it catches on your blog’s “Comments” admin screen.
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Akismet Anti-Spam features includes;
1. It automatically checks all comments and filters out the ones that looks like spam.
2. Each comment has a status history, so you can easily see which comments were caught or cleared by this plugin and which ones were spammed or unspammed by a moderator.
3. URLs are shown in the comment body to reveal hidden or misleading links.
4. Moderators can see the number of approved comments for each user.
5. It has a discard feature that outright blocks the worst spam, saving you disk space and speeding up your blog.
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With this features this plugin has, one will surely be protected from all kinds of spams. Jetpack by WordPress.com is also another plugin which will help you to protect your blog in many measurable ways. For full details on this plugin and how it will help to protect your blog, read “How Jetpack by WordPress.com Protects Blog”.
As a new blogger, this are the two most important plugins you shouldn’t joke with. To install the plugin, follow the same steps I discussed with you guys on Jetpack. But this time, you will search for “Akismet Anti-Spam” or just “Akismet” (without the quotes). After you’ve installed and activate the plugin, proceed to configure it, while doing this, you’ll be prompted to get an Akismet.com API key to use on it.
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Note; keys are free for personal blogs, while paid subscriptions for businesses and commercial blogs and websites.
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