The most annoying people for bloggers/website owners are the spammers. They just post a spam comment and leave it off. The comment will be completely irrelevant to the post. If by mistake the blogger accepts the spam comment, then it will be disturbing the other readers of the blog and ultimately the blogger will lose some of this audience. So, he needs to be very careful with spammers.
Luckily for WordPress users, we have an awesome plugin to tackle this complexity with ease. Itâs called Akismet.
This plugin is actually developed by Automattic, the same company which developed WordPress. You can get to know more about this company here.
The following image will let you know how popular and trustworthy this plugin is.
This plugin is being used by more than 3 million websites and I will be explaining how to install and use this plugin below.
The first step is that you need to install Akismet Plugin.
If you are new to WordPress and have no idea, how to install a WordPress plugin, you can refer this tutorial.
Once, you activated the plugin, you will see a notification at the top of your screen.
Click âSet up your Akismet accountâ
You can directly go to Settings -> Akismet in your WordPress dashboard.
On the Akismet plugin page, you could notice that you will be requested with an Akismet API key. This API key is very much essential to activate the Akismet plugin. Now, I will tell you how to get this API key for free.
Just click the âGet API keyâ button and you will be taken Akismet website.
You will find this saying â Say Goodbye to comment spamâ on their website.
Just click the â Get an Akismet API keyâ button or the â Get Startedâ button.
You will be taken to a page with their packages and pricing. Here are their packages.
There are four plans.
Plus and Premium packages might be useful for high-end websites. We will be going on with the Basic plan for our website. The basic plan is more than enough for us.
Now, you will be taken to a Payment page. Here, you will find a slider mentioning $36/year as your plan for Akismet. Change it to 0$ / year and click the âContinueâ button.
Now, you get a dialog box, with an option to activating the Akismet plugin. Just click the â Activate this Siteâ option.
You will be brought back to your websiteâs Akismet plugin page.
Here, you will have to choose how the Strict Akismet plugin has to deal with Spammers. Itâs by default set to â Silently discard the worst and most pervasive spam so I never see itâ.
This option will directly delete the spam comments and you will never come across them. And the next one is that â Always put the spam in the spam folder for reviewâ.
This option will actually send the spam comments to a separate folder called the Spam folder. And, the comments older than 15 days will be deleted automatically.
I actually put the spam comments into the spam folder and check that before deleting them. If you are a busy blogger with thousands of spam comments, you will have to go with the first option.
And donât forget to click “Save Changes “.
Thatâs it. You have successfully set up Akismet plugin on your website. Now, this plugin will take care of everything. You could do your blogging peacefully.
Comment below, if you have installed the Akismet plugin on your website. If you find this tutorial useful, share it with other bloggers too.
And don’t forget to add this pin to your Pinterest Board.
Here are more useful WordPress Plugins for you:
- 8 Best WordPress Contact Form Plugins in 2020
- How To Set Up hCaptcha In WPForms (Better Spam Protection)
- How To Embed Google Docs Files Inside WordPress?
- Ultimate Guide on “How to set up Instant articles on WordPress site?”
- Ninja Forms Review: An Easy to Use WordPress Form Builder Plugin
Read all posts by Nirmal Kumar
This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.