How to Stop Spam Comments on Your Blog

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No matter how clichéd it gets, it will still be true to say that Blogging is a tool to express yourself on the web.

Put your heart out in the form of words and people will read and appreciate the wisdom you share with the world.

There is a phase in the life of a blogger where a simple comment like ‘nice post’ makes them the happiest person on earth, because, well, who doesn’t want appreciation for their work.

But sadly, when you start to get more of these comments, mainly on posts that are not reverent, you finally start to understand how the internet works.

People comment on your post because of the ‘Website’ field in your comment form, because, well, who doesn’t want to get their blog read.

I have always felt that it is okay to promote your site using comments, in fact, I have been doing that myself from years. But I believe in adding value to the post and writing a thoughtful comment on the posts.

If the writer has spent hours writing that post, we should at least spend few minutes to comment on it rather than posting ‘nice post’ amazingly written post’.

Being a blogger myself, I keep getting such comments on my posts as well and I simply trash them away when the Gravatar has a human face on it, otherwise it goes to spam, so that I don’t get a comment from that person/bot.

But spammers have become smart over the time and I tend to get 4 to 5 comments in a week that show up in the ‘pending comments’ tab in WordPress, despite installing Akisment, which is an amazing spam comment protector and detects over 100s of spam comments on my blog.

These comments are so creative that it is very tough to figure out they are spam comments.

Examples of Spam Comments

Here are few of the spam comments that I found in the ‘pending comments’ section. Just take a look at them and se how creative they are.

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the same results.

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million and please carry on the rewarding work.

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Note: Make sure you always go through the ‘spam comments’ just in case a thoughtful comment mistakenly gets into spam. Tools are great but not perfect.

Plugins to use 

Here are the plugins you can use to protect your blog from Spam Comments.

Akismet: Detects thousands of Spam comments everyday.

Captha: Implement super security captcha form into web forms.

Disqus Comments System: Opt for Disqus to bring down spams to almost zero.

Also Check: Essential Plugins for Your Blog

I hope this post will help you bring down the number of spams on your blog and let you detect those spam comments that make it to the ‘pending comments’ tab.

I would like to know what are you doing to control spam comments on your blog, what’s your comment policy etc. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below to extend this post further.

 

 

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Hi Asif,

    I do have plugins to reduce spam, but they still roll in. Yes, it is always a good practice to check your spam in case one of your readers get stuck in there somehow, especially new people to your blog.

    I don’t like to accept anyone without a gravatar. The only exception I make is some new clients I have that are starting to blog, but that is usually fixed quite quickly when I email them and tell them about it.

    Those examples you have given sometimes make me laugh because who in their right mind would ever approve such a thing? But for new bloggers, it is important that you gave this example.

    I also don’t like one liners…99% will never get to my comment section. One of my to do’s is to write a comment policy on my blog. This way I won’t have to answer all those people who are emailing or send me a PM of why their comment didn’t show up.

    Comments are one of the backbones of our blog. People take the time to read it, and then give their opinion on it. It is a must that we answer them and then go the extra mile, to go to their blog and do the same.

    I also find that sometimes I get new readers on my blog just from a comment I made on someone’s blog. So when it comes to comments we must remember commenting etiquette.

    Thanks for this very important message.

    -Donna

    • Yes, I think comments policy is good way to keep some workload off your shoulders.
      But when it comes to spam comments , they simply don’t care about your blog all they care is a backlink, they do it to thousands of blogs.
      So, even if only 10% approve them, they n get good number of links towards their site.

      And I agree with you that comments are one of the great ways to find loyal readers.

      Thanks for your comment.

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