If you are anything like me, your blog receives a lot of spam comments. Usually, WordPress is pretty good at catching them but some still sneak through. So here are some techniques that I use to separate the spammers from the legitimate comments.
1. Check the website and username linked to the comment:
This is perhaps one of the most influential deciding factors for approving/un-approving comments. I find that most of the time, a spammer’s website leads to a site that is promotional, one that doesn’t describe what they wrote in the comments and just ones that just don’t seem legitimate. Keep an eye out for this, especially, because a lot of them will post legitimate looking comments and the deciding factor may be the business username such as “fat loss secrets for women” and more!
A lot of times, you can safely check the desired site on your website admin (or dashboard). Simply click “comments” and then choose the comment. As you can see, you can view the link without clicking on it. You can also mark a comment as spam from here, as well.
2. Repeated comments from the same site saying exactly the same things:
One of the most recent tactics that spammers have used to be published, is repeatedly trying to publish the exact same comment, everyday. Just keep deleting these, please! Persistence does not pay off in their case.
3. Comments that appear to be in a different language:
Perhaps one of the most common spam comments, for me, come in the form of looking like it was written in a totally different language. My motto? If I can’t read it, nobody is seeing it.
4. Comments about a Totally Different Topic:
While this may be a no brainer to some of you, I thought that I would still hit on this part. If your post is about a your recent trip and someone writes a comment about some miracle foot cream or a child , there is a good chance (as close to 100% as you can get) that this is a spam comment.
5. Complementary Comments:
I have found that many spammers prey on the bloggers emotions by complementing them. I believe that it is a tactic to get them to publish their comment which will, in turn, serve their purpose of providing a link back to their website.
6. Vague/ Off Topic Comments:
Now, this often goes hand in hand with Complementary Comments (#5) but many times spammers will use very, very vague comments such as “this post is such a great post, I will bookmark it” and a comment that includes “
“Wow, amazing weblog format! How long have you ever been blogging for?”
“You make blogging glance easy. The entire look of your site is fantastic,
as well as the content material!”
Do NOT fall for it, just delete with the other spam comments.
While I hope that these 6 things that I gave you to look for help you, I think that showing you some of the spam comments that TMU has received will help you even more.
Some Spam Comments TMU Has Received
Which Spam Comments do you Receive the Most?
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