Posts Tagged ‘comment spam’
With 2010 coming to a close and many bloggers reflecting on their top 10 lists, I thought it would be nice to share 4 things I learned about WordPress this year that I wish I knew in 2009.
Granted some of these services didn’t exist in 2009 (as you’ll see below), however many of their alternatives did.
Although there were numerous other things I learned about WordPress ranging from security to various SEO tips, here are the top 3 things that stood out this year to me in 2010. Read More
Even nerds and always online people have a life so it was a slight surprise when last night I found myself at the pub instead of online and more so when I found myself enjoying a frozen one while not attending some kind of conference or WordCamp.
The truth though is that I wasn’t the only online specialist there: my fellow bloggers Fire Extinguisher Expert, SEO Expert and Financial Spreadbetting all were there as well and it didn’t take long before the focus changed, switched to the eternal debate around blog traffic.
Fire Ex, that’s how his friends call him, SEO dude and Financial actually are really cool people but the problem is, no one knows who they are or their name and they are obsessed by only one thing: traffic. Traffic to their website.
Every time you meet them it all revolves about the same and they will do their best to engage in a conversation but they resemble those guys you meet at conferences, the ones who always tend to hand out their business card even before saying ‘Hi’. Read More
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.Â 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).Â 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?Â 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
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.Â 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.Â 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.Â 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.Â For example, spam comments often say little more than “good post” or they might be overly complimentary without adding any value to the conversation.Â 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