Did you start a blog a few months ago and now it’s getting both a lot of traffic and a lot of comments? Have you created a contact form where you should receive important messages, but only receive Spam?
All this can be solved using some plugins from the list. We have selected 10 plugins and placed them in order of importance.
I recommend that you download a maximum of 2 plugins, no more. Because they could slow down the site excessively for the user. I’ll give you an example: WordFence is probably the most powerful plugin on the list, but we download and use it at certain times.
On WordPress it says that over 3 million users use it. Which is positive news on the one hand, but on the other hand it means that 3 million users slow down the site when they could activate once a week.
They increase SEO: when Google ranks your site, it checks internal links, comments and even the text (plus lots of other things, I want to focus on the comments though). If you see poor quality comments that might bother certain types of users, try to penalize the site and put those spam-free clean sites first.
Time saving: If you want to write the best articles on the market, you will need a lot of time. You can’t take care of both comments and articles. Spam plugins will make sure you have to take a look at the day and the end (just to see if everything works perfectly).
Improve the loading speed : unless you use the Lazy Load of comments, every time a user enters the site he will have to load both the comment text (which weighs little) but also the avatar (user image). Which weighs an average of at least 10 KB.
Multiply 10 KB by 50 comments, it’s almost half a mega (minimum as we said) and above all it’s 50 requests to the server. In short, you can slow down the site by 2-5 seconds.
Maintaining Website Reputation: As we mentioned earlier, some sites prefer to remove comments as long as they don’t lose reputation, but that doesn’t allow them to grow further on Google. The solution is to use AntiSpam plugins.
After all this long introduction, let’s start talking about the best WordPress Antispam plugins 2020.
It’s impossible not to know Akismet if you’ve been using WordPress for a while. It’s an antispam plugin developed by Automattic (that’s right, the ones who developed WordPress).
Akismet is one of the most popular plugins on the market in fact it has over 5 million active installs.
Since most of the spam comes from comments, Akismet monitors the comment section of your website very accurately. Automatically checks all comments and separates comments that may be suspected of being spam from useful comments which are immediately posted.
It is very easy to set up. In fact, just go to the Akismet site , register and then they will offer you API keys. These will need to be added inside the Akismet WordPress plugin.
Unique features :
Easy to use
Compatible with major WordPress plugins
Advanced comment filter
Provides the API key for websites
Best for: WooCommerce and Blogs that get a lot of comments
If you want an antispam plugin that does its job immediately without any user registration, AntiSpam Bee may be your best choice. It is a completely free plugin, and no matter what type of website you use, it will help you eliminate spam.
AntiSpam Bee has many features to create a safe website for you. It can block comments from IP addresses, languages, and even countries to prevent spam from entering your website. You will also receive by email every day how many spam comments have been blocked.
Additionally, you can also add an approval limit to comments and pings. It will automatically delete other types of comments. If you wish, you can also exclude trackbacks and pingbacks from spam detection.
Another really useful function is the one that goes to see in some databases if an IP address has been marked as spam. If so, the user’s comment will be blocked until we give consent.
Consider the comment time
Allow comments in a certain language
Block comments from some countries
Validate the IP address of the commenters
Notification to administrators by email
Delete existing spam after a couple of days
View spam statistics on the dashboard and a total of blocked spam comments
Best for: WooCommerce and Blogs that get a lot of comments
Wordfence is the most used plugin on the list after Akismet. Over 3 million downloads. It is updated monthly in the WordPress dashboard, but its codes are changed much more frequently.
In fact this plugin is the most complete on the list. No, really! There is no comparison. Block users, bots, block everything you can think of. However, all this has a flaw, the speed of the site.
I realized that the plugin weighs down the site while being compatible with cache plugins. The advice I can give you that I give to my customers is to install it once a week to do some checks.
In fact, it allows you to check if there is any virus on the site, if something works wrong, it is a perfect plugin for protection against spam, malicious traffic, Brute Force attacks. It will carefully check your website by scanning the contents of your files, posts and comments.
Two-factor authentication (2FA)
CAPTCHA prevents bots from logging in
Disable or add 2FA to XML-RPC
With Live Traffic, you can monitor visits and hacking attempts in real time
You can see a user’s IP address, time of day, and time spent on your site
Block a country
Ideal for: stopping all types of spam and viruses
Price : Free, Pro version costs $ 99.
Do you want to create a beautiful and modern site? You will need one of the best Gutenberg blocks !
Cloudflare is not actually a plugin, but a free service (it also has a paid version but you won’t need it).
I leave you this article so you can learn more. But what you should be interested in knowing is that it acts as a content distribution network.
Yes, I know it’s unclear and so I’ll try to use simpler language. In short, if you have hosting, you will have servers. These servers are located in some countries, ours is in Germany. A user who wants to see our site will have to make a request to Germany.
This is very bad for users who live perhaps in the United States. Cloudflare will offer you over 200 servers. Do you think they have 2 servers in Italy, in Milan and in Rome. All of this could speed up the site.
For most people it is the best choice. However, we use it on client sites but not ours because it was developed to be very fast and because we would like to transfer to Kinsta . They have a proprietary CDN that works differently than Cloudflare but we like it more in turn.
But what you should be interested in is that Cloudflare blocks all types of spam from bots, since the traffic will go through their server, they will be able to recognize spam from real users.
This is one of the best antispam plugins on WordPress. In fact, it is equipped with many modern and useful functions to fight spam.
First of all, it supports many of the major WordPress plugins like Contact Form 7, Gravity Forms, Ninja Forms, MailChimp and so on. CleanTalk AntiSpam will block spam from almost every corner of your website.
It includes a SpamFirewall service, which allows you to block bots before they even enter your site. This is not to be underestimated as it will reduce the load on your server.
The plugin connects as Akismet, in practice it will generate access keys that will have to be added and it will be automatically connected. From the settings you can:
Decide whether to automatically delete spam comments or simply move them to the spam folder.
Block disposable emails
Compliant with the GDPR
Monitors spam comments
Multiple spam filter options
Monitor Contact Emails
Track orders, reservations, subscriptions
Best for: WooCommerce and Blogs that get a lot of comments
Price : free trial, pro version 8 $ (per year, very cheap!)
WPBruiser is the first plugin on the list based on algorithms. Based on how it behaves a user / bot can understand and prevent spam.
This feature is important because while the other plugins, they force you to check if a comment is spam or not. This plugin immediately understands if the user who is about to leave a comment is a spammer or bot and does not allow him to comment. This way you save even more time.
It allows you to prevent Brute Force attacks by bots (so your site will always be active). It is also compatible with virtually all contact and registration form plugins.
So your website will not only be spam free, it will become faster and more secure. It doesn’t even need to connect to some external service.
We finally got to this plugin. Creation is a genius. As the name implies, Blackhole for Bad bot is a virtual trap for malicious bots (spammers). Bots have been known to use server resources excessively and act maliciously on your website.
Blackhole for Badbots is a plugin that through algorithms discovers whether it is a person or a bot, if so, it will take it into a trap (black hole) so that the bot can never return to the site.
To make the plugin work, you need to add a little code to the Page Footer (there are many plugins that allow you to do this). Then you need to add a code in the Robots.txt file.
Let’s say it takes longer than other plugins to add, but it’s worth it. Fully works with WordPress APIs and other security plugins. The plugin is updated regularly.
You can have an email sent to you every time a bot is trapped. From the settings you can whitelist IP addresses. The developer has also added a feature that allows you to show the bot a personalized message.
By default, it doesn’t block search engine bots like Google Bot or bing.
Cerber Security is one of the most powerful WordPress antispam plugins. It has a dedicated system that filters spam and provides anti-bot protection for your contact forms, registrations, comments section and all other forms on your website without using Captcha. It is also compatible with many well-known services such as: Contact Form 7, Gravity Forms, WooCommerce.
It gives you the ability to create a black IP access list and a white IP access list. In a nutshell, you can decide from day one who and where to comment and who not.
Cerber also comes with an advanced malware scanner to protect your website from malware.
Did you know that 7% of websites are hacked through comments? How? If a comment plugin is not updated and has some bugs, you could take advantage of putting malicious code in the comments. They are very complex procedures, in any case it is better not to risk and to take every precaution.
As mentioned the plugin also checks files added by comments. Imagine someone putting a Marwel in the comments? It is a danger to both your reputation and your users. This plugin will solve these problems.
Limit login attempts
Whitelist and Blacklist for IP addresses
Custom login URL
Options for disabling XML-RPC and the WordPress REST API
Protects from Brute Force
Ideal for: blocking spam and keeping the site safe
Stop Spammers is the most graphically modern antispam plugin I have found. Once downloaded you will find a very simple procedure that will help you set it up properly.
At first glance it might seem simple, compared to the others, but in reality, going through the screens you will find more and more useful functions.
From the dashboard you can do and decide practically everything. You can add administrators who have the right to access the site and block all IPs that you do not want to access the site. You can block comments and even access from certain countries.
I am happy that in recent years many developers have stopped using CAPTCHA. Because it is true that it allowed to decrease spam comments and many other things. But on the other hand, however, it made users want to comment.
Zero spam is a plugin that does not use the CAPTCHA. All you need to do is install the plugin on your WordPress site and in seconds you will have everything done.
WordPress Zero Spam si integra perfettamente con: Contact Form 7, Gravity Forms, Ninja Forms, BuddyPress e WPForms.
Like many plugins on this list, it allows you to block IP addresses, then allows you to block users from certain countries. It does similar things to so many other plugins.
This plugin is popular with web masters. Because it doesn’t require API keys or additional settings. It will automatically block all spam comments or trackbacks while you don’t need to fill in any Captcha.
Block 99.9% of spam postings and comments
Compatible with Cache plugins
Prevents certain users from commenting
Compatibile con Contact Form 7, Gravity Form, Ninja Forms, BuddyPress e WPForms
Ideal for: blocking all types of spam
Price : free
Some tricks to avoid spam
A few years ago the famous billionaire and philanthropist Bill Gates said that within 2 years all the spam circulating on the web would be over. If you are reading this article, it means that spam is by no means gone. Sin.
But it is also true that technology has evolved and now stopping spam is much easier as we have seen.
Let’s see some tricks to avoid spam:
Using good hosting, we always recommend Kinsta to everyone because they have developed anti-spam software similar to CloudFlare (the level is not the same, but for over 85% of people it will be fine)
Always update WordPress because plugin code errors or outdated themes are often used
Block IP addresses that have left spam in comments or contact forms
Never open links left in comments by spammers, as they may steal your WordPress site data
Create a list of blacklist words, if you go to WordPress, settings and finally comments, from there you can put all forbidden words
As an owner of multiple WordPress sites, I think the choice of the antispam plugin for WordPress depends on the characteristics of the traffic you are receiving.
We also showed you that each plugin is ideal for different sites. In any case, I recommend that you use CloudFlare together with Akismet . Trust me it will block all spam.
For those who realize that it is not enough because maybe it receives many visits. Then he will have to check if he receives more spam from Bots or Users.