Is there some way to stop spam in comments on my website?

by RKeele
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I currently have a website in which I allow people to leave comments. I have it set up to where I have to approve all comments before they show up on my site. However, so many are spam, and or people coming back to my site every couple of days posting virtually the same comments, just trying to build back links. I use Word Press for my site. Is there a plug in or something that I can use that will recognize the spam, so I don't have to spend so much time filtering it manually?
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  • Profile picture of the author HarrieB
    When someone comments, you can see their IP address on your dashboard. If you come across any IPs that you believe is a spam bot then you can block it from accessing your blog. It is quite simple. You can blog an individual IP or a range to prevent wordpress spam. Add the lines of code to your root .htaccess

    # block ip
    order allow,deny
    deny from 192.168.44.201
    deny from 224.39.163.12
    deny from 172.16.7.92
    allow from all

    The example above shows how to block 3 different IP addresses. If you want to block only one IP then simply comment out the other two by adding # in front of them or simply deleting the lines.
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  • Profile picture of the author MartinPlatt
    If you're using Wordpress, try Antispam Bee plugin. That works almost like magic for me.

    I don't know who makes it, but I use it on all my sites now, as it seems one of the best at stopping spam.
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  • Profile picture of the author koreancowboy
    Install the Akismet plug-in...you'll have to get an API key though.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jonathan Joseph
    Hi @RKeele,

    Since you are using the Word Press (WP) platform (which I like to use mostly as well), then the free plugin's which I also use, and suggest that you get asap are called:

    -AntiVirus
    -Wordpress Firewall 2
    -No Comments On Pages (optional, if you would like to close off comments)

    Bonus:
    -WP SlimStat (for visitor stats, etc.)
    -WP Smush.it (reduce file sizes and speed up your site)
    -WP Mobile Detector (automatically detects if the visitor is using a standard mobile phone, and loads a compatible WP mobile theme)
    -Google Privacy Policy (must have in Google's eyes)
    -Google XML Sitemaps (must have in Google's eyes)
    -All in One SEO Pack

    These are the main and best plug-ins that I know of which I can suggest to you now.

    As far as I'm aware there are no plug-ins that completely eliminate spam messages, especially because the way bot's spam is so intricate now. The best we can do in my opinion, is to protect our website content with the above mentioned plugin's.

    Enjoy!
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    Jon

    "Success comes when people act together; failure tends to happen alone." -- Deepak Chopra

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  • Profile picture of the author tcindia123
    you can use spam free wordpress plugin to stop spam on wordpress blog i am using it from some time.

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  • Profile picture of the author RKeele
    Thanks for all the great options. I will check into them to see what will work best. I appreciate the help.
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