I have to take a break from dressing up the website to deal with the unfortunate issue of spam. This site has only been live a week or so and I’m already getting spam comments. I doubt 2 people have visited my site up to this point, yet the spammers have discovered me. Another great benefit to using WordPress is the ability to combat spam. The founder of WordPress put out a spam tool called Akismet. For personal accounts you can generally get a free account. You will need to decide which account is right for you. Using Akismet requires that you sign in using a WordPress.com account. Sign-up is free.
Once the sign-up process is complete, you’ll get an email with an “API key”. The API key will be a funny looking number/letter combination.
From the WordPress Dashboard, go to Plugins -> Installed Plugins. You will see the Akisment plugin listed. Click the “Activate” link.
Once Akismet is activated you’ll see a link prompting you to enter your Akismet API key. Click this link.
You’ll be taken to a page where you will enter the API key you received in email. Enter the key then check the boxes you are interested. Don’t forget to click “Update options”.
The nice thing about Akismet is that it will just run in the background and do its job. I’m not implying you won’t get spam, but the less you have to deal with, the better.