SpotBot aids in controlling spam before it clutters up your server. It stops bots in their tracks before they have a chance to post or force post.
SpotBot uses actions within WordPress to basically do what it does. There is also a custom action built in that will allow you to block access to the entire website if you see fit. Although I don't recommend blocking your entire site, it's ultimately your choice on how to use this feature.
While creating your custom template, post the following code within the php file:
It must be inserted sometime after your header has been called, as none of the scripts required have been loaded before then.
An API key will allow you access to the BotScout API. Each time a user applies for an API key, an accout is generated with BotScout and is used to monitor traffic and query counts. By default BotScout only allows 300 queries to be run per day from a user. You can "buy" more if you wish by donating to the BotScout cause. However signing up is free and easy. Here's how easy it is:
Fill out the information here. It may take up to 24 hours for you to get your API key, but it usually is a matter of minutes. Be sure to check your spam filter, as sometimes email providers block keywords such as bot.
Once you get your email there will be an multi-case alphanumeric code. It should be around 15 characters long. Select and copy your key, then paste it in the API Key area in SpotBot settings.
To validate your key, click on "Check it!". If it says OK!, then your key is valid and working(Don't forget to hit the Save Options button at the bottom!)
However, if your check comes back as INVALID!, there is either something wrong with your key or BotScout has not updated access for you yet. Wait an hour, and try again. If problems persist, contact BotScout for more details.