I don’t know about you, but I hate comment spam. I approve all comments manually and that helps keep my site pretty much spam-free. However, there is one type of comment that I really hate. It’s those comments that are disguised as real comments but really are spam. They are the type that most newbie blogger will approve, which is just plain wrong. You should not approve any comments on your site unless they:
- Are real comments related to the post they are posted on.
- Add something to the conversation.
Comments help build a community on a site, and allowing spammy comments destroys the community flow.
Examples of fake comments designed for nothing more than a link back include the usual flattery type comment.
“Hey, excellent blog. I’ve told my friends about it.”
“Wow, this is great. Could you write more on this topic?”
“I can see you are an expert in this field.”
For ALL comments like this, send them to the trash.
Today I got another comment I wanted to show you because this is comment spam that some people may not recognize as spam. Here it is in my Spam folder (I’ve already sent it there).
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At first glance, the comment looks to be something helpful to my readers, but the first clue is that it is not related to the post it is on, nor does it involve any of the conversations already on that page.
In fact, this is just generic text designed to fool a webmaster into approving it. Read it:
If I do a search of Google, I’ll bet that exact same text is found elsewhere on the web, as these spammers usually just lift a paragraph off another website.