We’ve all been a victim of comment spam. We’re referring to those comments that contain live links – links that are intended to boost the SEO or sales of the users that post them. The good news is that you can prevent such spam by either using anti-spam techniques or turning off commenting altogether.
If you have already been hit by comment spam, you can counteract it by using plugins that delete all comments. Such plugins can also be useful if your site has a large number of posts and you would rather remove the comments all at once, rather than having to filter by post. Delete All Comments is a good reliable plugin for that purpose.
Alternatively, you also have the option of disabling comments altogether with the Disable Comments plugin. However, experiments in the past have proven that quality comments show search engines that your site has built an active community around it, and provides users with valuable information, which increases the ranking of your site. If you don’t want to miss out on all those tiny bits of precious SEO juice, you should invest some time to regularly approve and delete comments on a regular basis.
It cannot be stated enough how important it is to take the security of your site seriously, and to have the necessary precautions in place. And don’t worry, monitoring the security of your site does not have to be a long and drawn out process, but can be done in a matter of minutes.
You can utilize platforms like Twitter, blogs, Facebook, Google+, and forums to keep abreast of the latest updates and security information of all your favorite developers.
An easy way to stay on top of your site’s health is to use tools like Sucuri and Google:
(1) When you get to Sucuri, just type in the URL of your site and you’ll receive a free malware scan. You can then take a visual look of your site to spot anything suspicious in your texts or links.
(2) With Google, simply enter your URL into the Google search box in the following format: “site:yourdomain.com”. Hit enter to get a list of your indexed pages. Take a close look to ensure that all is looking as it should. These processes, whilst not completely fail proof, will definitely help you to better monitor your site’s security.
If all of this seems a little arduous, remember that you also have the option of installing a security plugin like iThemes Security.
Try to set aside at least an hour every week to stay up-to-date using the above techniques.