Did you get excited when you set up your new blog and saw that you immediately had comments? Did you think, “of course they found me, my blog is awesome!” Did you then get a little bit sad only find that you were receiving comment spam! I was. Comment spam sucks and it is getting in the way of real comments. Luckily, there are a few steps you can take to pretty much eliminate spam.
Akismet is a WordPress plugin that is fantastic at keeping spam at bay. Last I checked it was free and worth it. Make this a necessary plugin for your blog.
Trackbacks are a way to notify legacy blog systems that you’ve linked to them. If you link to a WordPress blog they’ll be notified automatically using pingbacks, no other action necessary.
Disable comments altogether
This is a personal preference. Sometimes it is nice to have comments and it allows for some discussion on your blog. If you disable comments, make sure that you have a Facebook or Twitter feed for discussion.
Require the user to fill out a form
I don’t like this option as I don’t need any more forms in my life, you know? But if you find that your comment spam is out of control, you can always change the setting.
Hold Comments for Moderation
Easy to change and I like to moderate comments because not everyone on the internet is friendly. By moderating, I can easily delete comments made by Jerks.
The above recommendations to your settings can be found in your Settings > Discussion section of your WordPress Dashboard. If you need help let me know and I can help you find the place to make the changes.