WordPress makes the concept of blogging extremely simple and effective. At the same time, there are also many loop holes and other issues with it’s platform that can become quite annoying to bloggers and site owners. One such annoyance is the abundance of comment spam that will instantly flood your site once you install WordPress.
This happens because people want to build backlinks to their spammy sites and if you don’t have the proper settings initiated on your WordPress installation, it’s easy for them to take advantage of your site. At first it might seem like real people are coming to your site and leaving real comments that don’t make sense and are leaving links to their sites just to spread the word around — but it’s most likely automated software just scouring the internet looking for loose WordPress sites that can spam with with their backlinks.
You can see a few examples of recent spam comments that tried to get published to this blog below.
It’s usually pretty easy to tell what comments are spam, as the text will usually be short or not make any sense at all, the avatar will be missing and the person’s name is probably a rich keyword, like “hostpapa review” and “local seo services” as shown in the examples above.
The good news is that there are plenty of solutions and WordPress plugins to help with this issue. Some are free, some work better than others and some are the cream of the crop and offer premium services way outside of your traditional free WordPress plugins.
One such plugin is CleanTalk.org, which we are going to highlight in this article below.
Using CleanTalk to Clean Up WordPress Spam
There are thousands of WordPress plugins to choose from, but not all of them are created equal. The benefits of CleanTalk is that it actually works to fight against and clean up comment spam on your site, while utilizing outside resources as well. With their private cloud based hosting and data storage, they can actively monitor if comments being posted to your site are actually coming from a real person or from a spambot.
The important thing to know is that the plugin works, and for you to get it up and running, you just need to install it on your site like you would with any other plugin.
Here’s a typical example of how CleanTalk monitors comments on your site.
- A visitor writes a comment or completes a form on your site.
- CleanTalk plugin sends action parameters into the CleanTalk cloud.
- Service analyzes the parameters and data of the submission/source.
- If this is a visitor, the comment will be published. If it’s a spam bot, then CleanTalk blocks this comment or registering.
- Parameters are written to the log which can be viewed in the Control Panel service.
You will notice in step 1 it says “writes a comment or completes a form”, this is because CleanTalk also monitors all form submissions across your site as well — not just comment spam. This is perfect for anyone that has multiple contact forms, registrations or submission areas on their sites.
How to Easily Install CleanTalk in WordPress
As mentioned earlier, if you know how to install a plugin in WordPress, then you should have no problem setting up CleanTalk with your site. The first thing you need to do is head over to their main site at http://cleantalk.org and register for an account. This will set you up with your own access key to activate the plugin.
The next step is to login to your WordPress dashboard, go to the “Plugins” section and search for “CleanTalk”.
Click “Install Now” and then fill out your access key in the requested area and click “Save Changes”.
After the plugin is successfully installed, you can then run a test on your blog to see if it’s actively blocking spam comments and registrations on your site. To do this, simply fill out your contact or comment form as usual, but use the email address firstname.lastname@example.org. The plugin will then shown you (or the end user) a “CleanTalk Spam Protection” notice and block the comment from being posted to the site.
In addition to having CleanTalk monitor and block all spam submissions through your site, you can also login to your CleanTalk account and view the data
Notice in the middle section where you can see how much spam is trying to get through on the site above, even though Akismet is already installed on it. Now it’s time to test out how CleanTalk can start protecting your blog from spam comments.
Claim Your 14 Day Free Trial to CleanTalk
To start protecting your site against spam on all levels, be sure to install the CleanTalk plugin on your site today.
After completing the first 14 days of your free trial, you will have a good idea of how effective the plugin has been for your site. If you would then like to keep using the plugin, you can sign up for annual access at only $8 per year — which is only 2 cents per day!
When upgrading, be sure to use coupon code “BLOGGING” to save an additional 30%.
To get started, simply head over to http://cleantalk.org and create an account for your site. Install the plugin and the luxury of a spam free WordPress driven site.