I think trackback is still useful in some cases. I want to appreciate and thank all other bloggers that link back to my blog posts. But have you noticed recently increased SPAM on your WordPress blog? Lots of Trackback SPAM?
Well, this is ongoing issue since very long time. I used just one plugin Akismet which most of the time prevented trackback spam but what if you want to completely eliminate trackbacks on your blog?
Check out this more than ~101,000 SPAM in last 7 months.
There are lots of other AntiSPAM WordPress plugins available but I would suggest to use only few or as much less plugin as possible on your blog. Otherwise they may use lots your resources may impact blog performance.
Tips to avoid Trackback Spam:
1) Login to WordPress Admin Panel
2) Go to
Settings -> Discussion
3) Disable Option “”
4) Save settings and you are all set.
It’s been 3 days and I didn’t even get one SPAM. I know by doing this you may miss some genuine trackbacks but it’s up to you what you want to choose. SPAM or genuine trackback? What is the possibility of getting genuine trackback over SPAM? 1%?
Note: this option will disable trackback and ping option by default for ONLY new posts? What happens to old posts?
As per above diagram you may still have to disable it for each and every post. There is a simple way to disable this for all posts. Execute below command if you have
phpMyAdmin cPanel option.
UPDATE wp_posts SET ping_status="closed";
And you are all set. Enjoy and Happy Blogging.
Now what? Well – if you want to cleanup your
wp_commentmeta table by deleting all junk data inserted by Akismet then follow these steps: https://crunchify.com/akismet-and-wp_commentmeta-how-to-clean-up-comment-meta-in-wordpress-database/