Almost as soon as you start blogging you will start getting spam comments. Even if you haven’t started promoting your site yet, spam comments will find their way to your posts. Once your site gets bigger it is not uncommon to get hundreds of spam comments – per day!
Rather than wasting your time filtering out the real comments from the spam, the most popular method to fight spam is to upload the Akismet plugin to you blog.
To activate the plugin you will require an API key from Akismet.
Akismet is the leading plugin for filtering spam comments, but it is not a perfect system. Sometimes it doesn’t pick up the occasional comment, and sometimes real comments go through to the spam folder.
I always give the spam folder a quick glance over, just incase.
What Comments To Approve?
In the comments section there is space for the author to leave their link. I generally prefer people to leave their name rather than keywords. If someone has left a half decent comment but still put something spammy as their name, I delete it. Commenting is a place for conversation first, and a place to advertise your site as an added bonus.
Also, if their is a link in the body of the comment that doesn’t support the context of the comment, I would delete that as well.
If you allow such comments through you may end up with a torrent of sub standard comments, which isn’t adding value to the conversation.