Whenever I hear the word spam I think of the food spam. Devin actually likes canned Spam. I am going to be honest and say that I have never tried it, nor have I even seen it in person. I just know that most people I know think it is disgusting. I’m sure that as Devin is reading this, he has decided to fix this and we will be having Spam for dinner tonight. I’ll let you know what I think.
New blogs are prone to spam comments. Obviously, you do not want to attract spammers. One of the VERY FIRST things you need to do when you start your new blog is activate the Akismet plug-in to protect you from SPAM comments. Akismet is a WordPress plug-in that filters your spam comments before they appear on your blog.
How to set up Akismet
Akismet comes pre-installed on WordPress (that’s how important it is!). To activate it, go to your WordPress dashboard and then Plugins – Installed Plugins. Akismet should be on the top. If there are any updates necessary, click update now.
To get started click Activate.
Once you get the response, Plugin activated, click the link Sign up for an Akismet API Key.
Then say goodbye to comment spam and click the Get an Akismet API Key, again. Lots of clicking.
This brings you to a screen to sign up for an account.
This is where I got slightly confused the first time I set up Akismet. Akismet uses a WordPress.com account to issue you an API key. If you don’t have an account set up already for your new blog, do so. You will also use your WordPress.com account to set up a Gravatar.
Next, will be asked to select your package. Akismet is free for personal blogs, and a small fee for small business blogs.
Once set up is complete, you will be given an Akismet API KEY. Don’t share this with ANYONE! That would defeat all efforts of protecting your site from spam comments.
Copy the key and then head back over to your WordPress dashboard.
Click the Akismet Configuration link under the Plugins tab on you WordPress dashboard. Paste your Akismet API KEY and then click update. You’re all set up!
If you have Jetpack set up, your Akismet options will be under that tab. If you don’t, Akismet will be under the dashboard tab. (Jetpack connects your WordPress dashboard with your WordPress.com account).
You can also see Akismet stats right on your dashboard page. Check frequently to make sure a legit comment hasn’t ended up in your spam queue (which is rare).
If you notice a specific spammer commenting every day, you can add them to your block list in the Settings – Discussion section of your WordPress dashboard.