How Can You Keep WordPress Trackback Spam At Bay?

In case you’re a WordPress publisher, then you’ll certainly be looking for ways to boost your site or blog’s traffic. While there are many ways that can help you achieve such an objective, chances are that you might have overlooked at approving trackbacks on your site. Since trackbacks gets showed up under the comments of a WordPress post, chances are that you’ll be able to grab viewers’ attention easily.

Basically, trackbacks help publishers share useful insights and carry out significant conversations with their readers. But, unfortunately this feature also attracts lots of online spammers. This happens, as no verification is performed on the trackback that people receive on their site, which increases the chances that the incoming trackbacks are fake.

Fortunately, there are two simple ways that can help you get rid of the problem associated with trackback spam. One requires you to get rid of the trackback spam problem completely. And the other one requires using suitable plugins that provides solutions to resolve trackback spam issue.

Through this post, we’ll review both of these ways, so as to help stop trackback spam in a WordPress site. But, before that let us have a brief overview about WordPress Trackbacks.

Trackbacks in WordPress – An Overview

Trackback allows WordPress users (ideally blog owners) to communicate with other bloggers or blog owner, by providing notification alerts in WordPress dashboard about something that they might be interested in.

In some cases, you may find trackbacks a lot similar to a mention in Twitter updates. Just like Twitter that make you use @mentions within your tweet, so as to alert other users about anything you would like to share with them. Likewise, a trackback is WordPress’ provides an effective way to alert the WP Admin (that have trackbacks enabled in their website dashboard) about things you want your users to take notice of.

Note: Trackbacks are displayed in the comments section of a WordPress site dashboard screen. And once they’re approved, they become visible to public eyes as well.

Apart from Trackbacks, you also need to have a fair idea of what are pingbacks in WordPress. Pingbacks were designed so as to combat problems WordPress users experienced with trackbacks. However, pingbacks are just like trackbacks, they both help connect to blogs for carrying out conversation. But unlike trackbacks that requires to notify about a blog of your link manually, pingbacks gets the same task done automatically.

Ways to Stop Trackback Spams

Many spammers use automated scripts for sending tons of trackback and pingback spams to WordPress websites. But you can deal with trackback spam, using any one of the following ways:

1. Make Trackbacks Disable in Your Blog

If you’re looking for an easier and faster way to overcome the trackback spam problem, then it is recommended that you should you stop the trackback spam completely. To do so, you’ll have to turn off the option allowing notification from other blogs, from your WordPress settings. For making the desired change in your website settings, simply navigate to Settings → Discussion page.

Next, uncheck the option corresponding to ‘Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks)’. Lastly, click on Save Changes, and you no longer will be getting any trackbacks. But adopting this technique to stop trackback spam can make you lose opportunities of carrying out great conversation with other WordPress publishers.

2. Using Plugins to Deal With Trackback Spam

There are several WordPress plugins that can help you fight trackback spam. You can even choose to create your own plugin tailored to meet your needs, by choosing to hire WordPress developer. But, let us now discuss about the available plugins ideal to be used for dealing with trackpam spams, such as:

  • Simple Trackback Validation: This WordPress plugin provides great protection against trackback spam, by testing all of the incoming trackbacks using the blocker. It checks all the trackbacks you get, and then test them for unauthorized source at In case, the sender belongs to the site, then the trackback will be marked as spam. Besides this, it even checks whether the sender’s IP address matches the one that the trackback spam URL refers to.

  • Hide Trackbacks: This isn’t exactly a plugin for spam protection, but is an excellent alternative to the solution that requires you to disable trackback from the WordPress admin dashboard. Do you want to receive notifications, but wouldn’t like them to be shown in your site’s comments section if it’s spam? Then this plugin is worth considering.

  • WP-SpamShield Anti-Spam: One of the popular anti-spam plugins, WP-SpamShield not only help in getting rid of the trackback spam, but it also eliminates registration spam, comment spam, etc. It comes with anti-spam protection layers that help in blocking automated, as well, the spam that comes from humans.


Does trackback spam bothers you? Are you looking out for ways that can help you deal with WordPress trackbacks? Well, then reading this post will prove a good starting point for you.

Author: sophiaphill

I am Sophia, my forte is WordPress and my work exists at the intersection of web development and technology blogging.

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