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The Best FREE Spam Plugin For WordPress

Anyone who has a WordPress site knows spammers are a troubling factor with your websites online presence. Spammers not only disrupt your SEO, they can even scare away new clientele and can create a mess with your trackback files. Needless to say, sometimes a monthly payment for a decent spam blocker is out of the budget.  We live by Akismet and pay $50 monthly (For unlimited sites) and it does start to add up.

Have a Personal Site not Affiliated to a Business?

Get Akismet Spam blocker – It is free for personal sites and we highly suggest you Use it.  Enjoy your search is over! For everyone else, we have a little work to do.

Still want the Best Free Spam Plugin for WordPress?

It is WordPress, itself! WordPress actually has some pretty nice built-in features that you can use to block 90% of all of your websites spam. Here is what we do for all of our clients on top of setting them up with Akismet.

  • Moderate your comments that through your site:
    • Click Settings
    • Click Discussion
    • Scroll Down to – “Other comment settings”
    • Check – “A comment is held for moderation”

I normally check and set – “Automatically close comments on articles older than [5] days” for new websites, until they start to increase in traffic. If you run a blog this is optional, but keep it at or above [14] days!

  • Make sure you check your comments that may not be spam. Lets set this up:
    • Scroll Down to – “E-mail me whenever”
    • Check – “A comment is held for moderation”

If you have a new website make sure to check “Anyone posts a comment”. I do this because it makes it very easy for you to respond to a comment without watching your website 24/7.

  • Moderate your comments that through your site:
    • Scroll Down to – “Before a comment appears”
    • Check – “Comment must be manually approved”
    • Check – “Administrator must always approve the comment”
  • If a comment has 1 or more links block it by:
    • Scroll Down to – “Comment moderation”
    • Set it to Hold a Comment in the Queue if it Contains 1 or More Links (Common tactic of spammers)
  • Add a few blacklisted words:
    • Scroll Down to – “Comment blacklist”
    • Add My Short List and Feel Free to Add More (only use 1 per line)


What Do You Think About the WordPress Built in Spam Blocker?

I hope this helps in your quest to stop and block spam! If you run across any other suggestions that I should add, feel free to comment below!

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Matt Valvano

Author Matt Valvano

Matt has a very extensive experience of print and web design. He is an effective team player known for creativity, flexibility, distributing skills, managing, working with others and producing high quality, effective works of art within a deadline.

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