Two WordPress Plugins That Have Reduced My Spam To Zero
After switching Saving More Than Me over to the wordpress.org platform 4 years ago, I think I’ve tried every spam fighting plugin that exists. Several plugins blocked *some* spam comments and a few *failed* miserably. And my experience with the unofficial gold-standard Akismet? Less than stellar.
For each plugin I tried, my pending and trash folders filled with comments that I still had to moderate. I found myself spending way too much time on the task of comment moderation. Fed up, I started experimenting with combining spam plugins. In other words, I installed two spam fighting plugins on my site and kept them both. Scandalous I know. After months of trial and error, installing/uninstalling over 20 plugins, I finally found the anti-spam holy grail.
When these two plugins are paired together, they block 99.9999% of my spam comments. The best part? Logging into WordPress and seeing this:
My spam stats have been like this just about every day and I’m loving it. The only two spam comments that have gotten through the filter have looked like this:
What a great post. I totally agree with you.
What I’m currently using—Plug-in details:
- Anti-spam by webvitaly: This free plugin–blocks spam “in comments automatically, invisibly for users and for admins…Plugin is easy to use: just install it and it just works.” This plug-in blocked approximately 75% of the incoming spam when installed alone. I still had to moderate comments which is why I ALSO installed the second plugin below.
- Stop-spam comments by pinoceniccola: This free plugin is also easy to use. You install it and forget about it.
Dead simple: no setup required, just activate it and enjoy your spam-free website.
Lightweight: no additional database queries, it doesn’t add script files or other assets in your theme. This means your website performance will not be affected and your server will thank you.
Invisible by design: no captchas, no tricky questions or any other user interaction required at all.”
Having both of these plugins installed has virtually eliminated my frustration in dealing with spam. At one point I was receiving over 1000 spam comments a day. Thank goodness those days are gone!
****Note: I am recommending these two plug-ins based on my personal experience. They work great on my website but your results may differ.
I hope you find this post helpful. If you have any questions or feedback, feel free to leave me a comment.