Blocking out spam in your comments section is important to every blog and website, as you do not want irrelevant comments and links suddenly appearing on your site. The great majority of spam comments contain links to all sorts of promotions and ads that, to be honest, you really don’t want your readers and visitors to go through.
Dealing with all the spam in your comments section, therefore, should not be taken lightly. It’s important that you take the necessary steps to be able to manage and do away with spam at an efficient rateâ€”because as your site gains more traffic, more spam will inevitably find its way to your blog. Luckily, however, there are a couple of WordPress plugins that can easily do the job for youâ€”and do it well.
The most popular among such services is Akismet.
How Does Akismet Work?
Like most spam filters, Akismet follows certain protocols and filters in order to weed out the spam from the genuine comments. So far, many have said that Akismet does this extremely well.
Add to that the fact that currently Akismet has incurred way over 16 million download, the team and developers have an entire mountain of data from WordPress users that they can use to their advantage. This alone gives them a tremendous advantage over all other alternative spam filters as Akismet can easily utilize that data to determine whether or not certain comments are spam or not.
Additionally, Akismet is also known for collecting trackbacks and pingbacks, which basically are the instances when other bloggers link back to your article or post. This provides both you and that particular blogger to acknowledge one another’s content and audience. It also helps you in tracking just how popular your post really is.
How Good Is It?
Akismet is virtually capable of blocking almost every single spam comment that finds its way into your blog. However, like any service, there are always certain setbacks. In Akismet’s case, there are instances wherein it can just end up marking genuine comments as spam. These are often termed as false positives.
Granted, the ratio of comments being blocked because they’re perceived as spam is not big. However it also means that a certain number of your readers are discouraged from posting comments on your blog again.
Of course, you could remedy this by checking every once in a while if certain comments do make it into your spam folder. However that can be time consuming, and it’s not something that you want to be doing for a few hours every dayâ€”or even every week. That time is better spent doing other, more productive activities.
Of course, there are other Akismet alternatives, however Akismet has been dealing with spam for so long and at such an efficient rate that it’s just nearly incomparable to any other service that is available for WordPress users.
In the end, Akismet is your best bet when it comes to keeping spam away from your blog or website. You may end up alienating certain commenters, but the overall quality of your site’s comments will not suffer by a large amount.