“Dear Spammers, please stop sending me spam.” – Mickey
Were you as excited as I was when you saw that you had a comment on one of your posts? Then you realized that it was a spam comment. Kind of burst your bubble didn’t it? Well, that is a problem that I will help address today.
What is a spam comment?
If you are lucky and have not yet had your first spam comment, let’s first define it so you know what to look for. Comment spam is a form of spamdexing done by posting random comments, copied material, or promotion of commercial services. Spammers do this to artificially increase their website’s search engine rankings. The more popular a URL or web address is, then the higher it will rank in search engines. This can help explain why you get crappy search results. Fortunately, search engines alter their search algorithms frequently enough to help filter out the useless garbage and give us results that are actually useful and relevant.
The current option that I am trying out on this site is Antispam Bee. So far, it seems to be working fine. I haven’t had any spam comments… or any comments, really. So, I can’t really vouch for how effective it is at this point. However, it has over 300,000 active installs and over 130 5-star reviews. Also, I haven’t been able to find anything negative about it, really.
I told myself I wasn’t going to throw this in here since I’m not actually using it right now. But, I just finished reading an article about from someone who is using Antispam Bee and Akismet together. The title of the article is a comparison, but the content shows how Antispam Bee picked up and cought the spam that Akismet was letting through. Here is the link to the article on WPism.
Now, don’t get me wrong. There is a reason Akismet has over 1 million active installations. It stops all manner of spam, including comment spam and contact form spam. It also comes preinstalled with WordPress. It is not activated by default.
If it is so great, then why don’t I use it?
Akismet is a spam filtering service and requires registration with WordPress.com to get an Akisment API key. There is nothing wrong with this, I use plenty of third-party APIs. Akismet is free to use on personal and non-business websites, as well. For businesses, they do have a tiered pricing structure.
Ultimately, though, I’m trying to use free stand-alone plugins. Sure, you could argue that Akismet falls into that category, but I’m still not using it right now. Let’s give Antispam Bee a chance to prove itself.
If you want to use Akismet, WPBeginner has another very comprehensive article on it as well.
So, Antispam Bee, Akismet, or both? What do you think?
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