Spam is every blog’s worst enemy. They can easily take over every aspect of your blogging life by eating up your time and energy. Without any services to help you manage the spam in your comments, you’re left with the task of tearing out the weeds yourself.
This is why it’s important for every blogger and site owner to have the tools ready that will help them be able to make use of their time wisely and efficiently.
The first thing you need to know about WordPress plugins that take care of your spam is that they often generate false-positives that you have to allow into your spam folder and then promptly mark as â€œnot spamâ€. Making the mistake, therefore of deleting these false-positives unfortunately teaches the plugin not to accept any comments by that person that left you an actual comment.
There are smarter plugins, however, like AntiSpam Bee that have remedied this problemâ€”one that often occurs in novice bloggers that choose to â€œdelete allâ€ of their spam. AntiSpam Bee also has several other features and options that make it easy to setup and use such asâ€¦
1. Allowing Comments Only in a Certain Language
This helps you filter your audience to one that ultimately understands everything that goes on in your website. It may alienate some international visitors, however allowing comments that are written in a particular language also allows you to check whether the comment is relevant to your blog’s content or not.
2. No Manual Modifications to Theme or Template Required
Some WordPress plugins require you to add certain codes to your site’s theme and template. Anti-Spam Bee, on the other hand, takes away such worries and provides you with a programming-free experience that allows you to allocating time that could be better spent elsewhereâ€”such as on improving the content on your site or blog.
3. Consider Comments Already Marked As Spam
This option allows you to continue to monitor comments that are marked as spam so that you’ll be able avoid accidentally marking those particular comments that don’t belong in your spam folder. This simple option helps you avoid certain frustrations that you visitors might incur when they opt to write comments for your post.
4. Choose to Either Mark or Delete Spam
Avoid automatically deleting those messages marked as spam. Instead, choose to simply mark them down so that you can check and double-check them later on, when you have the time. This option also helps in avoiding actual comments from being accidentally deleted.
5. Trackback and Pingback Check
Besides comments, AntiSpam Bee does the work of verifying all incoming trackbacks and pingbacks in order to validate them. Trackbacks pop up whenever certain other bloggers decide to link to your post, giving you added traffic as well as authority. Checking the validity of these trackbacks, then, is important, as you don’t want these to end up being simply bogus third-party machines with automated scripts.
All in all, AntiSpam Bee is a great service for dealing with and managing your spam. It’s fast and accurate, and incredibly easy to setup.