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How to Put a Stop to WordPress Trackback Spam

How to Put a Stop to WordPress Trackback Spam

Are you struggling with WordPress trackback spam? WordPress trackback spam can become a serious problem for many site owners. We will show you how to put a stop WordPress trackback spam in this article. One of the tricks below will surely help you get rid of trackback spam, if your spam solution is not working for you.

Where The WordPress Trackback Spam Comes From?

Spammers who use automated scripts to send millions of trackbacks to websites all over the world generating Pingbacks and trackbacks spam. Trackback spam is not directed to your site personally just like comment spam.

What these spammers hope to achieve is that they could leave their links on a website where trackbacks are not monitored. Most of these spam links point to illegal activities like selling drugs, running scams, distributing malicious code, etc.

Get rid of Trackback Spam

How to Completely Get Rid of Trackback Spam Completely?

Turn it off in your WordPress settings is the easiest and quickest way to deal with trackback spam. All you need to do is visit Settings » Discussion page and under the default article settings uncheck the box next to ‘Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks)’.

Disabling WordPress trackbacks and pingbacks

This will disable trackback and pingback spam on your new articles. However you still need to disable trackbacks on existing WordPress posts. You can do so by following this tutorial on how to disable trackbacks and pings on existing posts.

If you do not want to turn off trackbacks and pingbacks, then here is how you can combat trackback spam.



Akismet is one of the two default plugins that come bundled with every WordPress site. The plugin actually connects your website to Akismet anti-spam service.

This is a massive spam filter monitoring millions of sites to catch spam comments and trackbacks. We use Akismet on WPBeginner to monitor comments.

It generally believed to be just a comment spam moderation tool, but it is also very effective against WordPress trackback spam. If you are not already using Akismet, then you should activate it right away.

Simple Trackback Validation with Topsy Blocker

Simple trackback validation plugin allows you to stop trackback spam by running simple tests on each incoming trackback. Which is a social search tool used for trackback spam, at first it automatically blocks any trackbacks originating from topsy.

It then checks whether the trackback is actually originating from the site it claims to be from. Lastly, it checks if an actual link to your site exists on the trackback source.

Hide Trackbacks

This plugin is not a spam protection plugin, but it provides a feature that some site owners might need. WordPress trackbacks and pingbacks from appearing in the comments on the front-end of your website as the name suggests, it completely hides .

It is particularly useful for sites where hundreds of spam trackbacks get published accidentally. You can activate this plugin to hide all spam trackbacks from public and then go to comments section in WordPress admin area to delete all the trackbacks spam.

That’s all we hope this article helped you block WordPress trackback spam.

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