How to Fight Spam on a Self-Hosted WordPress Site
Whether you use WordPress as a blog or have customized one of their numerous templates to use as a website, spam can be a real hassle to deal with. We all are familiar with the traditional spam-like sales calls, pointless emails and letters in the mail that do nothing but waste our time. In the virtual word, spam has taken on a new identity. WordPress spam typically comes in the form as a comment on a blog post or any page that allows. There are many tactics that can be used, mostly in the form of plugins, which will greatly reduce the spam that your site receives.
Spam can come in many forms and from many sources. The most common source of spam are “bots” or computer programs that quickly scan pages, posting or commenting wherever they can. Usually these “bots” supply a link or a destination in the hopes that you will click on it. Spam can also come from an actual person sitting at a computer, manually inputting information and links that are malicious. There are various kinds of content behind these links, but nonetheless should be avoided.