Getting comments or audience engagement is a big challenge especially for new bloggers, however, getting spam comments sucks.
This is just one of my challenges in maintaining my community-contributed site to become spam-free as I received hundreds of spam posts and about nearly thousands of spam comments every day. Most of them are written in Chinese and Russian languages and from varied IP’s around the world. They are promoting sites such as illegal gambling, online stores selling varied types of medical drugs, illegal drugs, chemicals, even women and children. Beside that they consume your server’s resources, speeding down your site and annoying visitors by posting or commenting inappropriate photos, videos and texts, I cannot ignore them because of fear that a government authority might see this and think that I promote it too.
How to get rid of these spam comments?
If you are using a WordPress site, you need to find and install the right anti-spam plugin. Honestly, my experiment took me a month or two to find out what is the best plugin to end this spammers’ activity, but I ended-up on nothing.
These plugins save time and effort by offering free trials, but it doesn’t last long. The moment your free trial ends, they started to ask for an upgrade, leaving my website to vulnerabilities. And it cost you more than twice your domain and hosting plan in a year, which is not a good option especially if you are a newbie in blogging.
Pros and Cons of using WordPress Plugins to end Spam Comments
- Time-saving – You only need to spend about an hour to set up your plugin, and it will work continuously for as long as your free-trial or purchased plan active.
- Plug and Play – It will work on the background without manual intervention.
- There are free versions good for personal sites
- Running plugins on the background may consume some of your servers’ resources, in my experience, high CPU and RAM usage took my concern since I am running my WordPress site on the Shared Hosting plan.
- Internet Protocol (IP), Uniform Resource Locator (URL), and words in the comments blacklist are being uploaded on plugins’ database so privacy and security issues may be raised.
- Premium version of the plugins will cost you from the cheapest price of $5.00 up to $50.00 (or more) per month which is very expensive than your hosting plan.
- You cannot use the free version if you are using ads to monetize your site.
So what is the cheapest option?
After my month’s long experiment, I found out the best way to stop spam commenting on my community contributed site. Just follow the following steps.
- Login to your WordPress admin. Click Settings>Discussion
- Download the provided .txt file below
- Copy the content of the .txt file and paste it to Comment Blocklist
- Click “Save Changes”
Through this method, you are setting your WordPress site to block the comments which contain any of the selected links, however, it may not prevent spammers from hitting your website, and wasting your server’s resources. But here’s another trick.
Go to your CPanel and find IP Blocker (I can’t point where the exact direction since CPanel settings varied depends on your hosting company) and enter the following IP Addresses below. These IP Address I mentioned below is my list of addresses that frequently attack my website. Through this method, you can resolve the major problem of the spamming attack on your website right from registration, posting, and commenting.
Here is a free list of spam contents
Recently, I provided the full and updated list of spam comments for free, but some bloggers copied and paste it on their websites. I can control the spammers on my website but not the thief fellow bloggers. So I decided to delete the article but still provide it for you at a very cheap price. P0.90 only. Download here.
- Complete list of known spam comments including the URLs, Words, Paragraphs, and Sentences. I also include a list of IP Addresses, Email Address, and Usernames.
- Updated weekly.
- Allow real visitors and VPN users by updating the latest list of spam IP addresses.
- Get the list of non-genuine and repetitive comments by a spammer
- No need to install a plugin. No background process will save your server resources.
- Get the list of spam usernames to prevent spammers from registration to your site.
- Secure your site from illegal activities of spammers and criminals online.
- The cheapest way to stop spam comments and registration in your WordPress site.
By implementing this strategy, I noticed that the spam activity on my community contributed site is reduced by about 90%. Is your website too? How are you dealing with spammers? What other techniques are you implementing to prevent and stop spamming? Let us hear in the comment box.