It is approximated that around 85% of total comments received on a website are spams. It is possible to receive spam through contact forms embedded in your website as well. Moderation of comments on a website can be time consuming.
What is Akismet Spam Protection?
The 'Akismet Spam Protection' is a free plugin provided by WordPress to check for spams received on a site. It is a plugin provided by default for WordPress users irrespective of their plan and it is highly recommended to keep the plugin active.
If your blog or website is very popular, then the number of comments on your blog will also be very high. But out of 50 comments, only 10 comments will be legal. Therefore, it will take a lot of time for you to delete spam comments by selecting them. In this situation, Akismet plugin auto-deletes these spam comments by filtering them, which saves you a lot of time.
However, sometimes even legal comments are marked by Akismet as spam comments. This happens because a WordPress blogger marks your comment as spam comments by Akismet anti spam. As a result, after this all your comments are marked as spam by Akismet.
How does 'Akismet Spam Protection' work?
The tool runs through the internet and gathers data of spams categorized by all other sites. Then, it creates an algorithm of its own through which it will screen the incoming spams and also compare with the spams on other sites and thereby filter out the potential spams from being received on your site. The filter results by this tool are nearly accurate and works as below:
1. For spam comments: The filtered comments will be stored separately and a site owner can access these to approve any comments if required. They will be automatically deleted from the site if not acted upon within a period of 15 days of moderation.
2. For spam through contact forms: The 'Akismet Spam Protection' plugin can be integrated along with the form building plugin (for example: Contact form 7 plugin) and scans for the data delivered to the mailbox through contact forms.
'Akismet Spam Protection' plugin is therefore a highly recommend tool for your website to effectively avoid spam!