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Akismet marking comments as SPAM and solution

Akismet is one of the best plugin for WordPress to get rid of spam. Though sometime you might realize, your comment is being filtered as spam by Akismet spam filter. This is a known problem and there could be many reasons for the same, that includes your earlier comments might have been marked as spam by some admins, you using keywords as commentator name, you adding self-promotional link in your comments and so on.

If you remember I wrote a post few days back How commenting can help you increase your feed readers by 1000. So finally I got some time and I started adding comments on other blogs.

I keep few points in my mind before commenting :

  • No self promotion
  • No spam/unrelated text or links
  • Meaning full comments
  • Comments with at least 2 sentence or add value.

While I started commenting on regular blogs where I comment the most, I found that my comments were not appearing in the post, neither I was getting familiar comment that my comment is held under moderation.

I logged into one of the blog where I had author privilege and found that Akismet is marking my comments as spam.

These days I have noticed Akismet is putting most of the comments in spam folder. Even from regular reader and bloggers. If you have Akismet Installed in your blog, make sure to check each comment before marking it as a spam.

How Akismet comment spam blocker works?

Akismet mark any comment as spam in following pattern :

  • Swear words, Po*n words, Poke* words.
  • How your comment was moderated by other blog admin earlier.

So if any of your comment is marked as spam, afterwards all your comment will   go in the spam folder.

How to get rid of Akismet spam problem?

One of the simple thing which you can do here is by adding a comment to your friend blog and asking them to mark your comment as not spam. If not, you can comment on many different WordPress powered blog which gets moderate or less amount of comments (Hoping they all use Akismet), after adding 2-3 meaningful comments, drop an Email to admin using contact form and ask them to unmark your comment as not spam. It’s a slow process but very effective. I highly recommend not to comment on very active blog which gets hundreds of comments every day, reason being admin won’t find time to filter your comments from spam folder.

Akismet algorithm will learn from the user interaction with comments and chances are very high that afterwards your comments will not be marked as spam. Alternatively you can contact them using the Akismet contact page.

Here is the free template that you can use (Replace Name, Email)

Hey Team
This is Harsh from xyzdomain.com & I have noticed that my comments are being caught as spam by Akismet. I always drop genuine comments & I would appreciate if you could help me fix this problem. The email that I use for commenting is the same one I used in this form. Here is it again: [email protected]

Thanks for the help!
Your name

Here is a video tutorial to help you understand better:

I wonder how many of you have faced the similar issue? Do you check your Akismet Spam folder?