Easy way to block your most repetitive WordPress comment spam using the default spam blacklist function.
Here’s how you do it…
- Go to your Comments page and look for all the most repetitive spam comments. The ones that comment the same phrases or string of text.
- Then go to Settings > Discussion and scroll to the Comment Blocklist box.
- Paste those phrases in here, putting different ones on its own line.
Why is this the best way to block spam?
REASON #1 – It’s not annoying. Doesn’t harass users with captcha, math questions, checkboxes, or other obstacles that add friction to your user engagement.
REASON #2 – No false positives. Many spam blocking mechanisms out there have always block legitimate comments for me. The automated ones will stop anybody who tries to share multiple links. The blacklist ones will stop anybody trying to use certain words in phrases.
For those wanting blacklists:
- Check out Comment Blacklist for WordPress by splorp