Comment and Trackback Spam Fighting Tip: Use Akismet

Blogs are a perfect way to spark conversation and engage your audience in a meaningful exchange of ideas.

It’s great when people participate by commenting, and when readers begin to regard to the comments area of the blog as a must-read. But having spam show up in the comments area is the quickest way to kill a conversation and turn your readers off.

As you can see in this chart below comment and trackback spam is growing at a very quick pace.
spam chart

A great solution to this web spam problem is to use our Akismet service. The Akismet service is a “a collaborative effort to make comment and trackback spam a non-issue and restore innocence to blogging, so you never have to worry about spam again.”

Lots of information here about how Akismet works, and if you are using WordPress.com or are hosted with us in the VIP program then you are already using Akismet since it’s bundled in. For those of you hosting WordPress on your own servers, or at a hosting provider, Aksimet is likely already installed you just have to enable it with your WordPress.com API key. If it isn’t installed, you can download the Akismet plugin, and you’ll be up and running in no time.

Akismet is also available for many other publishing platforms and forum stoftware.

Also worth noting that there are other tremendous plugins for WordPress that fight spam using a variety of methods. You can browse those other plugins at the WordPress.org plugins directory.

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