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					         Alicia Lyttle & Lorette Lyttle of
      Monetized Marketing - Cleaning Up and
                Eliminating Spam
So, here are some tips to clean up the spam and then stop it in its tracks…

1 – Cleaning Up Comments
When you log into your WordPress Dashboard do you see a large number of
     pending comments like this screenshot – 342 pending comments yikes!

Unfortunately, most of the time majority of the comments are spam. Here is a
    quick tip to clean that up….

Click on Comments and on the top right of the screen you will see where it says
     “Screen Options”, click on that.
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         Where it says “Show on Screen”, change to something high, like 999 and all of the comments will
         be listed on the page.

         Then simply do a Bulk Action and delete the list of comments.

         If for some reason that doesn’t work for you, there is a great plugin that makes it easy, Bulk
         Comment Remove (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/bulk-comment-remove/)


         2 – Preventing Spam Comments

         Akismet - Visit Plugin Page (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/akismet/)
         Every new install of WordPress comes pre-loaded with some plugins, and one of them is Akismet –
         which is a great plugin to protect your site from spam. What Akismet does is that it checks every
         comment that is posted on your blog, then it sends the comment to the spam box if it seems like
         spam or has been already marked as spam by any other blog owners. In order for Akismet to work,
         you will need an API key (https://akismet.com/signup/) . This is free for personal use and affordable
         for non-personal use.
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        WP-Hashcash – Visit Plugin Page (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-hashcash/)
           This is an anti-spam plugin that works on getting rid of spam and sending the spam to the
           Akismet section. Next step is to verify if the visitor is a person or simply a robot or automated
           system. This plugin claims to be 100% effective at blocking all spam and no real comments. Also
           blocks most pingback & trackback spam.


        Bad Behavior – Visit Plugin Page (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/bad-behavior/)
            This is a great plugin that not only stops spammers from posting on your blog but it can also block
            them from even visiting your blog. This is one that can be used in addition to any of the other
            spam plugins.

        There are many more spam plugins that are out there, this is just a pick of 3 of some of the most
            popular. What plugin are you using to prevent spam on your blogs?

				
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Description: If you have a blog, then I’m sure that you’ve been attacked by spam at one point or another. So, here are some tips to clean up the spam and then stop it in its tracks…