If you are new to blogging and creating a website or blog for yourself, you should know about the spam comments and necessary steps to prevent spams. Past few days visited a few of the sites where noticed the blog owners especially new bloggers who had approved the spam comments. Not sure whether the comments were approved because they liked the nice words in the comments, yeah!! The comments were not matching the articles but surely impressive to approve the comments. If you are designing a blog site for the first time it is important to understand the difference between spam and good comments.
What is a Good Comment?
Good comments will be received mostly from the known people or the unknown people whose comments matches with the article and mostly 98% of Good comments will have their profile picture and remaining 2% may have picture but comments does not match to the article, some of the samples are listed in spam comments below. If you find the same person visiting and Commenting multiple times , sharing and liking the site, we call them Loyal readers.
Some times due to some issues, Good comments are listed under spam comments, If you really wanted to save Good comments from spam list you can unspam this comments before deleting the entire list.
Below are the few examples of our friends who commented in techbappa. Many of you will be aware of this bloggers. They guide many of us in choosing the right path for blogging success and loyal readers are surely part of our success to blogging. Here is short bio of well known bloggers and some of the loyal readers with their good comments (word’s are not enough, Please visit there blogs and you too will start liking their blogs).
Examples of Good Comments
1. Ehsan Ullah is behind the Guide to Blogging community and helping many new bloggers to follow the right path of blogging. 2. Lisa blogs at inspiretothrive.com and she likes to share the knowledge which is useful for all. 3. Adrienne blogs at adriennesmith.net, an inspiration to many of us who is helping to achieve success and surely enjoy reading every article published by her.4. Abdul Qoyyuum blogs at blog.qoyyuum.me and he had been commenting in techbappa from the day techbappa was launched. He is an Example of Loyal Reader.
5. Nirmala Blogs at mymagicfundas.com and known by many of the bloggers, she is known for Learning and sharing the content which she likes with her network and sometime back observed one of the comment was in the spam list. At techbappa, we check for spam list and unspam if any known bloggers are listed by mistake.
Notice the message at the top right corner which says “unspammed by author”, this message is displayed when the Good comments are marked as unspam.
What is a Spam Comment?
A Spam comment is an unwanted and irrelevant comments which are posted automatically from some Machines which contains the same comments posted in many places with their website links. Once you Activate the comments plugin you will start receiving this comment. You should be able to differentiate between the Good comments and the spam comments.
Examples of Spam Comments:
Below are some of the samples from spam comments.
Good to see the appreciation, but notice the links after the comment and the comment does not mention anything about the article. If this kind of comments are not identified by spam tools, remove this manually mentioning spam. Some comments might not have the links at the end, check the website link or the name provided in the comments. You should be able to identify if the page is not opening or if the names are junk characters.
Notice the links everywhere in the comment and you will not find nice words of appreciation. This kind of comments can be a few lines to more than 10 lines with few sentences which contains the off topic information.
If you have just started your blogging career without anybody’s help and started receiving a few comments as above, you will really feel discouraged seeing the type of comments for your articles, remember these are automated comments which are posted from some machine to multiple places, the tools in the blog are capable of listing as spam.
Some comments you might feel there is some problem with your theme or plugins, sure test it, but the reader will not leave this as comment, every website or blog will have a contact us and surely they will send messages through contact us if they find any problem. Simply ignore this spam comment.
The comments clearly indicates it is targeting the advertisement and links in comment.
How to automatically detect the spam comments?
If you are using WordPress, Enable the Akismet plugin which comes with the default installation. This must be the first plugin to activate by default.
Another plugin Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin helps to stop spam comments, it adds the check box which needs to selected before submitting the comment.
Please let us know what are the methods you are following to detect spam comments and are you doing unspam for good comments from the spam list?