As I was brainstorming for another “A” word to blog about I needed to update some of my plugins and there I saw it. My very faithful and much needed Akismet plugin. Probably most of you use this plugin or some other spam plugin for your WordPress blog. In fact on the home page for the plugin it says that it is used by millions and is quite possibly the best way in the world to protect your blog from comment and trackback spam. Most of the information for this blog comes straight from the Akismet page.
Put your spam fighting on auto-pilot Set it and forget it. Akismet is getting smarter while you sleep.
To get started using the Akismet plugin first you will need to click the “Activate” link in the plugin window. Second, you will need to sign up for the API key and then go to your Akismet configuration page and save your API key. It might sound somewhat intimidating if you have never done it before but the plugin does walk you through the entire set up.
Conquer spam, and give your SEO a boost Keep spammers from bringing down your site’s PageRank.
How does it work?
The way Askimet works is each time a new comment, trackback, or pingback is added to your site it’s submitted to the Akismet web service which runs hundreds of tests on the comment and returns a thumbs up or thumbs down. As a result, you don’t have to waste your time sorting through and deleting spammy comments from your blog.
How can Akismet help?
Akismet monitors millions of blogs and forums, watching the methods and tricks used by spammers in real time. We know all about their spambots, comment factories, buffer sites and social engineering tricks. Akismet will use this knowledge to warn you when a spammer – automated or human – tries to sneak a spam comment past you. So if you notice a comment in your spam folder from someone you don’t know, or linking to a web site you’ve never seen before, take a good look at it before you hit the Unspam button: in all likelihood, Akismet put it there for a reason.
Do you use Akismet on your blog?