Comment spam is one of the biggest headaches that site owners often have to deal with. In the recent times, spamming from both bots and humans has increased significantly and if left unchecked, can negatively affect your site. Akismet is one of the most common WordPress Comments Plugins that examines the database to weed out potential spam comments and move them to a folder for spam comments pending your review. The advantage of Akismet is that it reduces notifications you receive especially from pending comments that are regarded as spam.
Many WordPress site owners have installed Akismet because of the simple fact that it’s very efficient when it comes to dealing with huge spam content. However, on the flipside, you may need to manually go through the comments since there is a high chance some legitimate comments could end in the spam folder.
To avoid the risk of deleting legitimate comments, make a habit of checking your spam folder daily. You can manually check for comments, approve valid ones and delete spam. Depending on your site’s popularity, you may be forced to repeat this procedure several times. Keeping a lot of spam comments can take up a lot of precious space in your database.
It’s important to avoid immediately deleting spam comments because you risk the chance of losing legitimate comments in the process.
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