Plugin Monday: Akismet

Plugin Monday Akismet

Why You Should Use Akismet

There’s one thing that bothers almost every blogger out there – spam comments. You spend a lot of time working on your article, getting it just right, only to have your comment section taken over by spam bots promising your readers they can make thousands of dollars from home. Soon you are either spending all of your time sifting through comments to delete the spam ones, or shutting down the comments section altogether.

If you want to keep the discussion going in your comments section, without having to worry about spam, then you will want to install the Akismet Plugin for WordPress. This plugin scans all new comments made on your posts, and filters out any that look like spam. By filtering out the junk comments, not only can you make your site look better, but you can make it run faster as well.

One of the best features of Akismet is that it allows you to override their decision. Perhaps they marked something as spam, but it was really someone trying to contribute to the conversation. With Akismet, you can easily see all of the comments marked as spam, and switch them to allowed.

To run the Akismet plugin, you are going to need their API key. This is free if you are running a personal blog, but you will need a paid subscription if you have a commercial or business site. Once you have the key, installation is easy. Simply install it from the WordPress Plugins manager, enter your API key, and then you are good to go.

Don’t waste time cleaning out junk comments on your own. Prevent them from ever showing up, and make your comment section on your articles a good place again by installing Akismet on your WordPress site. For more information on how Akismet can help you or how to install it, you can contact us at any time.

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