So there I was… Upwards of 40,000 comments with over 2,000 pages of comments to look through.  That would be a great thing if they were real people trying to interact with me, but the truth was that they were just spam comments.  I wanted to look through all of them to see if I had any live humans in the mix.  There were times that I actually did receive real comments, but amidst 30,000 comments, it was nearly impossible to look through.  Believe me, I tried.  So what did I do?

1. I looked through all of the pings (there were only 6 pages) and approved any legit pings.

2. I downloaded the Bulk Comment Remove WordPress plugin.

3. I added in a Captcha WordPress comment plugin (to be shared next time)

Bulk Comment Remove

It’s a very simple plugin.

  1. Simply go to add new plugin.
  2. Search “Bulk Comment Remove.”
  3. Within the first two results, you should find Bulk Comment Remove by Mike Strand with a 4.5 star rating.
  4. Click install now.
  5. Click Activate Plugin.
  6. From there, it took me a while to find it, but it’s actually hidden under the Tools menu.  When you find it, click on it.
    WordPress Tools Bulk Comment Remove Plugin
  7. From there select the only option “Remove all pending comments” and click “Remove”
    WordPress Bulk Comment Remove

Voila! 41,006 comments removed instantaneously from WordPress.  Now I’ve got to make sure they don’t amass in such large quantities again.  I’ll post on that in the near future.