Comment Spam – Ways to Remove Blog Spam Comments

Word Press blogs have the ability for visitors to leave comments at the bottom of each post however this feature can easily be abused by spammers. Your blog may receive 1000s of spam comments that are annoying because they take time to remove and if left alone, accumulate and use up a substantial
amount of hosting space.

How to Mass Delete Word Press Comment Spam

If you want to quickly remove 1000s of spam comments read my article on
How to Mass Delete Word Press Comment Spam

How to control the volume of comment spam

1. Edit Word Press administration settings

Login to the admin panel-settings-discussion-uncheck the box…”allow people to post comments on the article”. Keep in mind this will still allow visitors to post comments on future articles.

“I have disabled comments, but comments continue to be posted”

If you have unchecked “Allow people to post comments on the article” on the Options > Discussion panel, then you have only disabled comments on future posts. To completely disable comments, you will have to edit each past post and uncheck Allow Comments from the Write Post SubPanel. lternatively, you could delete the wp-comments-post.php file, or run this MySQL query, from the
command line on a shell account, or using phpMyAdmin:

UPDATE wp_posts SET
comment_status=”closed”;

Source
Word Press.org

2. Activate Akismet plugin

This plugin reduces and automatically removes comment spam. It’s already included with your Word Press blog. To activate it go to-plugins-akismet-activate. Under the akismet plugin you’ll read:

Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not. You need a WordPress.com API key to use it. You can review the spam it catches under “Comments.”

To get the WordPress.com API key sign up for a free account at WordPress.com. You’ll get emailed the details of your login information. Login to your free blog then go to profile to view your API key. Copy and paste the code into your own blog. You’ll get prompted for it when you activate the Akismet
plugin.

3. How to completely remove all evidence of spam comments

You may ask “why would anyone would want to do this if they are running a blog…isn’t that what a blog is for..to encourage interactivity?

Well, some of my clients don’t have the time or want to reply to comments.Other people want to use their blog as a static site and have all evidence of comments removed.

Here is the procedure to remove the comment code from your Word Press Blog

Go into your template folder and look for single.php
Remove the code:


<?php comments_template(); ?>

If you don’t have the file…single.php… look inside index.php or home.php and remove this code:


<?php comments_popup_link(__('Comments (0)'), __('Comments (1)'),
__('Comments (%)')); ?>

If you have other ways or plugins to remove comment spam leave add your comment to the bottom of this post.

Resources
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Comments

  1. another good plugin to prevent against comment spam is defensio. Has a very good rate!

    Thanks for the helpful information ;)

  2. Herman says:

    Thanks for the plugin tip.

  3. I get about 10 spammers per day to my blog. No biggy, but is it harmful to my blogg to leave the comments and why? I have plenty of space for my blog.

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