No one likes getting spam. And if you have comments enabled without a spamblocker, you will get lots of it!
Here is a brief guide on how to use Akismet by Automattic, Inc. (the makers of WordPress) to get rid of it:
- Install and activate the free Akismet plugin – visit my previous post on installing a plugin if you need a refresher
- Get an API key from WordPress.com and paste it into your Akismet settings
- Make sure your discussion settings are configured properly and you have enabled comments on your blog posts
What if you disable comments on your blog posts, do you still need Akismet?
Good question! Akismet also blocks spam on contact forms. So it’s a good idea to keep it running whether or not you allow comments on posts or pages.
Here is a video tutorial that guides you through managing your comments:
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