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How to Identify and Stop Blog Comment Spam

As a follow up to Jonathan Bailey’s great post yesterday, Blogging Pitfalls: Becoming a Spammer, I wanted to talk about comment spam a bit more.  Bloggers are often inundated with comment spam, which can get so bad that they might even reconsider moderating comments.

Unfortunately, there are some forms of comment spam that have gotten out of control over the past year or so, and bloggers need to be aware of these spam tactics, try to identify them, and mark those comments as spam using their comment spam detection tool (for example, Akismet).  Identifying comments as spam helps your spam tool better identify them in the future, so hopefully, they won’t get through to your moderation queue anymore.

But how do you know if a comment is spam if it’s not the usual link-filled or gibberish spam comment that can be identified with a cursory glance?  That’s the problem with these newer forms of comment spam — they often look like legitimate comments, until you take a closer look at them. Read More

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5 Easy Ways to Become a Blacklisted Blogger

Did you know there are some very simple things you can do on the social Web (and you might already be doing some of them) that can get you blacklisted, meaning you’ll be labeled as an annoyance, a person to avoid, or worse — a spammer?

Suffice it to say, if you want your blog and your foray into blogging to be successful, then you need to avoid the 5 ways to become a blacklisted blogger described below.

1. Fill your blog posts and comments on other blogs with links.

If you want to annoy people or be labeled a spammer, then fill your blog posts and the comments you leave on other blogs with links.  This includes links back to your own site as well as affiliate links, text link ads, and so on.  Links should enhance content.  They should not detract from it making it impossible to find the links that are actually useful vs. those that are just self-promotional or revenue-generating.

2. Only talk about yourself.

Follow the 80-20 rule where 80% of the content and conversations you publish and participate in on the social Web are not self-promotional and 20% or less are self-promotional.  No one wants to read what you have to say if all you ever do is talk about how great you are or your business is and try to sell your products or services. Read More

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Kill Blog Comment Spam in 5 Easy Steps

An easy way to ruin the visitor experience on your blog is by allowing the comments sections of your posts to get cluttered with spam comments, which do nothing to add to the conversation and typically include links to useless, irrelevant or spam pages.  Fortunately, you can fight back against blog comment spam!

Depending on the blogging application you use, you can configure your blog settings to fight blog comment spam in one or more of the ways listed below:

1. Identify the suspects.

Prepare yourself for the fight by learning to recognize blog comments that are likely to be spam.  Examples include:

  • Comments that are written with unrecognizable characters or a meaningless jumble of words and letters.
  • Comments that include little more than a list of links.
  • Comments that include URLs in either the comment, itself, or the URL box of the comment submission form, which are completely unrelated to your blog or the comment.  For example, a comment that includes a link to a site to purchase a prescription drug or pornography.
  • Comments that say too little or too much.  For example, spam comments often say little more than “good post” or they might be overly complimentary without adding any value to the conversation.  If you come across posts like this, check the links included in the comment or comment submission form to see where they lead. Read More

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