What is Comment Spam and How Can You Get Rid of it?
Posted by Paul Nesbitt on 01 March 2016 05:25 PM
The benefits of your company website having a blog are well-documented - it's a brilliant way to engage your fans with content that they find interesting and relevant, which also makes it the perfect shop window for your business. Indeed, regular blogging even aids your SEO.
An introduction to comment spam
If you have ever enabled comments to be made on your blog, chances are that you will be familiar with 'comment spam'.
These are the comments from visitors that, instead of providing intriguing insight into the topic at hand or contributing to a broader discussion, are basically just nonsense, gibberish or flagrant advertising. The latter often features links to dodgy websites as part of a visitor's unethical attempt to improve their own search engine rankings.
As a matter of fact, any comment that you don't want on your blog can probably be regarded as spam. Furthermore, when a lot of it clutters on your blog, it can leave a really poor impression, deterring genuine commentators who might think your blog is only frequented by useless bots.
Steps to removing comment spam
If your blog is - like so many others these days - based on the hugely popular WordPress platform, we have both good and bad news for you.
The bad news is that comment spammers seem to particularly target WordPress, searching for the "footprints" - such as the "Powered by WordPress" footer - that most WordPress sites feature.
But on the other hand, comment spam is also such a familiar issue for WordPress users that plenty of anti-spam plugins have arisen over the years to combat it. Akismet is the best-known WordPress spam filter and comes as standard with WordPress sites, but various alternative plugins are available.
Are there other ways to deal with comment spam?
There certainly are, which help you to avoid the probably undesirable "nuclear option" of simply disabling comments on your blog altogether.
Have you considered, for example, adding a free CAPTCHA form to your site that forces visitors to type out particular characters or a mathematical equation before they are permitted to submit their comment? Or for a simpler solution, consider a "not a spammer" plugin that only requires the user to tick a box to confirm they are human beings (rather than bots) before commenting.
Other proven methods for preventing, reducing and/or entirely eliminating comment spam range from using a third party comment system like Disqus, to requiring user registration or the moderation of comments before they are accepted onto your blog.
Some blog owners have resorted to closing their posts to comments after a certain period of time, or even editing the comments that they receive to remove any links, while keeping any positive sentiments that the spammer may have expressed towards their site.
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As you can see, there really are plenty of solutions available for those getting overwhelmed with comment spam. You may therefore want to bear some of them in mind when you next get in touch with a firm like PAC WebHosting in relation to hosting for your website.