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WordPress® All-in-One For Dummies® by Michael Torbert, Andrea Rennick, Kevin Palmer, Cory Miller, Lisa Sabin-Wilson

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Chapter 5: Dealing with Comments and Spam

In This Chapter

  • Making the decision to allow comments
  • Working with comments and trackbacks
  • Recognizing and dealing with spam
  • Using Akismet to help combat spam

One of the most exciting aspects of blogging with WordPress is getting feedback from your readers the moment you make a post to your blog. Feedback, also known as blog comments, is akin to having a guestbook on your blog.

People leave notes for you that are published to your site, and through these notes, you can respond and engage your readers in conversation about the topic. Having this function in your blog allows you to expand the thoughts and ideas you present in your blog posts by giving readers the opportunity to add their two cents' worth.

In this chapter, you can decide whether to allow comments on your site, figure out how to manage those comments, use trackbacks, and discover the negative aspects of allowing comments (such as spam).

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