Comment Spam On WordPress Blogs
We all get comment spam on our blogs. If you are new to blogging you may be fooled at first glance into thinking that some of the comments left are actual genuine comments on your blog, think again!
Spammers use nice friendly messages or phrases a lot of the time like ‘great blog’ or ‘glad I found you online, this is just what I was looking for’ and a million other generic messages to get you to authorise their comment.
The only reason they are commenting on your blog is to get a link back to their website. Most genuine comments won’t include links at all. The comment is part of the conversation, a reaction or feedback to your post and not usually a direct attempt to gain back-links. That’s not to say that all comments with links are spam, it could be a referal to a similar conversation, opinion or article for reference. However, the link it’self will give it away.
Warm friendly comment spam! How to spot it and stop it – TWEET THIS
Take this example of comment spam I received…
The author of the comment tries to pass off that they are new to the internet and had decided to get involved in the conversation…
The actual comment left is at the bottom, saying how lucky they are that they came across my blog and that they have bookmarked it. Now when you’ve been blogging a while you can spot these a mile away, but when you are fairly new it might not be quite so obvious. However the one thing that will totally give it away is the URL – the link back to their website…
Does that really sound like a website a newbie internet user would have?
There are various different plugins you can use for WordPress to lower the rate of comment spam, the most popular being Akismet, but Akismet learns patterns from other blogs and links, so there will always be new ones that get through and it’s your job to be diligent and keep an eye on them. You don’t want you blog posts to be full of comment spam and links to dodgy websites!
Let me know what your experiences are with comment spam, are you getting hit with lots? For the more seasoned bloggers out there, what other spam tools are you using?