Spam Comment Management Wastes Your Time
There is no easy way to deal with Spam. I have already mentioned how by making our websites or blogs Dofollow we would increase the number of spam comments. I have also discussed whether we should even allow comments on our websites to begin with, as we end up spending so much time having to moderate and respond to comments, and deal with spam comments, too…
You may think to yourself that just having a great spam filter will do the job. At first thought, that may seem like the case.
In most cases, your spam filter will catch spam comments before they reach your website….
Though, there is another time consuming task we have overlooked. We then need to go through our spam folders(possibly every day) to make sure genuine comments are also not being flagged as spam..
This task of checking for genuine comments can take quite some time, if you are getting a large number of daily spam comments to your site….
There is one great positive of checking your spam folder, and that is that you begin to see a pattern with the type of spam comments you are receiving. You will notice similar patterns in the types of URL addresses and the Mail accounts, that stand out a mile away….
Not to mention the totally non related to(your post topic) comments, often trying to sell products, and other services….
How Bad Can Spam Comments really be?
To give you some idea of the amount of spam comments that can end up in your spam folder, and that then need to be checked from time to time…
I have around 4500 spam comments that only took a few months to get to that number….
That’s just crazy! I actually did not realize I had so many spam comments, as I am using multiple spam filters, and I change my comment system every now and then…
I went through many of these spam comments, and there are so many coming from either the same(or similar) addresses….
So that makes it much easier for me to reject comments that try to sneak through as genuine comments.
Usually those comments are in fact coming from the same spam websites, that have some of the worst spam comments in my spam folder….
I am quite amazed by how obvious some of these spam comments are! Only a totally useless spam filter could miss them…and thankfully, my spam filter is rock solid(okay! Sometimes it is so rock solid that it does flag a genuine comment or two)….
Okay, so the spam comments are very easy to notice, and when viewing them in your spam folder you can start to understand what methods the spammers are using to try to sneak through…
Though, what if the spam comments are getting onto your website? Are there ways to try to combat this?
Spam Comments Getting to Your Posts
If the spam comments have manages to slip through your spam filter, then they could end up on your site….
There are other measures we can take to try to block spam from getting through….
Over on the Scirra Website there is an article written by Tom, called Reducing Website Spam
The article mainly talks about Forum spam, though Tom has included some very helpful advice on how to block spammers by making a few very smart changes…..
Whether we need to go that far, and do what Tom suggests will depend on how serious a problem our spam situation has become…
We need to remember that not everyone is experiencing major problems dealing with website comment spammers
Another thing is that, it seems many websites either have a very bad spam filter, or they are allowing spam comments on their sites..
So for some people they are welcoming spam comments on their sites….no matter how bad they are.
Why would they do this? And how could it possibly benefit them?
Some Big websites Love Spam Comments
There are some major websites, and many smaller sites too, that always allow spam comments….
I mean I have seen these sites, and some of the comments are like “spam on steroids”!
These sites are allowing hundreds(maybe thousands) of comments, with really dodgy links to some really nasty sites….
Why would any site do this? I did discuss this in my linked article in the first paragraph…though, I am still a little baffled as to why the site owners allow this..
Could we have it all back to front with Comment spam?
I would find it hard to believe, though could there be some benefits to allowing spam comments on our sites?
Maybe those people do not wish to moderate the comments in their spam folders, so they just allow all comments to get through…..or.
Or, maybe the reason some people are doing this, is to get the number of comments up on their sites….
If they allow all comments, including spam, they will be getting hundreds of comments(I would say thousands like my spam) and maybe this will help their sites to gain better ranking, and appear to be more socially active in the eyes of Google…
This is a really important issue! If some of the big sites are not seeing any problem with really nasty spam comments, then there has to be some positives for doing this…..( And don’t try to tell me their spam filters don’t work)!
Are they allowing thousands of spam comments to somehow gain more links to their sites?
In theory, since many of these spam comments can contain dozens of dodgy links, this should have a negative effect on these sites, and should cause a drop in their rankings and possibly get their site banned by Google….
Yet, these sites have not been shut down and they seem to be ranking well in the Google search results!
This is something I need to look into a little more.
For me personally at this time, I can not think of (or see) any advantages in allowing spam comments, not to mention those those “Hard Core Spam” comments on a website…
Maybe my views on this will change in time, if perhaps I do learn that there are any positives in doing so….
So what are your thoughts on Spam comments and whether we should allow them on our sites?
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