Support » Plugin: Spam protection, AntiSpam, FireWall by CleanTalk » Doesn't belong in the WP plugin directory

  • Looking at the anti-spam plugins I noticed that Anti-Spam by CleanTalk hasn’t as many users as others with an average rating of 5 stars, but the plugin got rated 8 times more often.

    WP-SpamShield Anti-Spam: 100,000+ Active Installs, 204 ratings
    Anti-spam: 100,000+ Active Installs, 104 ratings
    – Anti-Spam by CleanTalk: 30,000+ Active Installs, 871 ratings

    Impressive, huh?
    Especially since the other two are pretty awesome.

    Reading through the description, nearly at the end I read:

    CleanTalk is premium anti-spam service for WordPress, please look at the pricing. The plugin works with cloud anti spam service CleanTalk. CleanTalk has free trial for 14 days. We try to provide anti-spam service at the highest level and we can not afford to offer a free version of our service, as this will immediately affect the quality of providing anti-spam protection.

    Usually, when a plugin is not free, it gets a lot of bad reviews. And, while I don’t bother if it’s clear from the description, imo that is rightfully so. Basically people expect plugins to be free in the directory, open source, you know. I fully understand that many awesome plugins and services cannot be free, but when someone wants to buy a plugin, they do not look in the directory. So, when you let someone read a description, or try it out, solely to find out that it’s a trial version, you waste their time.

    So, how come Anti-Spam by CleanTalk has so many positive reviews in contrary to other plugins that offer a free plugin, yet not a free service?
    Looking at the positive reviews, I see many who never wrote a review before and even people who never wrote anything in the forum before.

    Weird, huh?
    So, I decided to make an exception and to write an honest review.

    I didn’t try the plugin, but feel the plugin directory shouldn’t be part of a marketing strategy, unless a plugin has at least something useful to offer, for free.

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  • I usually don’t review plugins either. However this is one that actually works and has great support so worth it. before you jam someone with a 1 star rating just because it’s not free, you should at least try it.

    Plugin Support Aleksandrrazor


    People give such comments because they believe our service is one the best. Plugin code is open. If you have not tried the plugin, why did you give a rating?

    Maybe do you should try and evaluate? Just check it. If you find that service missed spam on during 14 days, we give you 1 year free.

    This plugin literally saves me HOURS of administrative headaches over the average month. I’m not crazy about their incentivized review plan, but I would have given them a 5-star review without it. The plugin works very well and is simple to use.

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