Blog Comment Spam: Be Careful
Google certainly understands the value of comments on blogs and websites. They know blog readers like to interact with the author and everyone else who visits the blog so they’re perfectly fine with comments, per se. However, Google also understands the potential for comment abuse and that’s not something they’re willing to overlook. Here are a few tips to help you be more careful with your blog comment spam so you can keep your readers and Google happy at the same time.
Install A Good Spam Blocker
If you’re blogging on WordPress then you could just activate Akismet and go get yourself a key. However, in my opinion, Akismet doesn’t come anywhere near getting the job done. Look for a free WordPress plug-in called G.A.S.P., GrowMap Anti-Spam Protection. It catches more than 95% of your comment spam. (I’m currently using both these plugins at the same time)
Install A Verification Program
At the very least you should install a Captcha program so commentors have to verify they’re not a spam bot before they’re comment is accepted.
Use No-Follow Links In The Comment Field
Use the no follow attribute for links in the comment field, the area inside the text box where users actually type their comment. This allows your commentors to leave their links but you don’t lose any authority by recommending them to the search engines.
Turn Off Hyper Links In Comments
Completely disallow hyper links in the comment field. Your commentors may still drop URL links but your readers would have to copy and paste to follow and most users won’t do it because they don’t know where they’ll land.
Block Comments Pages In Search
robot.txt or metatags to block comment pages from the search engines. That way, if spam comments do get by, the search engines won’t see them. However, your readers will.
Use CommentLuv To Encourage Responsible Commenting
All of these tactics will discourage unscrupulous bloggers from spamming your comments day in and day out and all take a little bit of work or an additional plug in. You can solve all your commenting problems with one plug-in – CommentLuv. CommentLuv includes the G.A.S.P. Anti-spam plugin, a plugin for Twitter links, and it allows you to set your own configurations for comments.
For example, you can allow commentors to have do-follow links after they’ve commented a specified number of times or after they tweet or share your blog post. They can also include a link back to their choice of content and a link to their Twitter account. At the same time, spammers are stopped by G.A.S.P. and a checkbox to verify they’re humans.
If you have a busy comment section then CommentLuv takes care of all that moderating and blocks more than 99% of spam and it rewards your loyal followers with do-follow links to their content.
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