WordPress Akismet Plugin – Death For Comment Spam

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WordPress blogs are commonplace these days, as WordPress is a great tool to use to publish any type of blog.  Whether you write personal blog posts or posts that have to do with your business, you can find all of the tools you need with this one simple to use program.  And using WordPress to publish your blog is even easier if you use the right plugins along with it to perform certain functions.  One of the most useful plugins is the Akismet plugin, which performs a very crucial function. This is a plugin that, among other things, protects you and your wordpress blog from spam, particularly spam that gets through by way of the blog post comments section.  To be sure, there are other WordPress plugins that can perform this function, but Akismet is one of the best for a number of reasons.  There are a few different things that Akismet can do in its capacity as a protection from comment spam on your WordPress blog.

 

  • Provides Comment Status History –  With a program like Akismet you do not have to worry about denying certain comments from being published yourself, the system does it for you.  Akismet also provides you with a complete history of the status of comments posted or attempted to be posted on your blog site.  With all the work done for you, it is easy to keep track of user comments.
  • Reveals Unusable Links –  Links that become unusable, either because they are hidden or just plain missing, can be detrimental to your blog site traffic.  When people read your blog for information and then expect to be able to link out of your site for further information, they will become greatly annoyed when they can’t.  This is a surefire way to lose potential readers, clients, or customers.  Fortunately, Akismet reveals these unusable links to you so that you can get rid of them before they send your traffic somewhere else.
  • Regular Spam Reports –  By far the most useful feature of the Akismet plugin is the feature that locates and logs spam that gets into the comments section of your blog.  In addition to notifying you of spam that has been spotted in your comments, this feature also notifies you as to which spam is unspammed by a system moderator as well.  The alternative to using such a tool is to go through every comment on your blog yourself in order to weed out the excessive amount of spam that you will be sure to eventually get.  Akismet is a much better alternative.

Running a successful blog site is not that difficult, but the most difficult part about it is keeping spammers from overloading your comments section with spam.  Fortunately, Akismet makes even this part of running a WordPress blog easy, and the best thing about it is that it is free too.  There are so many WordPress plugins that can make life so much easier for you.

 

Published by Robert Morgan who is interested in wordpress, social networking, mac how, books different software.

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