Comment spamming is the cancer in the blogosphere. “Gaming the search engines” by posting irrelevant comments blogs to increase their own site’s ranking in SERPs is the despicable act of low life from hell. And, as of November both the website linked in the spam comment, and blog that allow comemnt spammers to post their crap will suffer the penalty. Detailed information is given in a recent Google Webmaster Blog post Hard Facts About Comment Spam and in a video featuring Matt Cutts, of Google.
What is Google doing to combat the effects of comment spam?
What are bloggers doing to combat comment spam?
- Here at wordpress.com we have Akismet which stops about 90% of spam comments and every blogging platform has software in place to combat spam.
- All bloggers can choose Comment Moderation.
- There is effective spam filtering software available for self hosting bloggers.
- Captcha – Simple math questions – No-follow links.
- Malcolm Coles is using Backtype to spot comment spam.
- Kristi shares her experiences and provokes a discussion in Akismet, Spam Filters and Comment Moderation.
- This is my contribution How to deal with spam effectively. See also my comment policy (excerpt below).
- Moderation: To ensure that nothing distasteful such as, but not limited to, spam is automatically posted to the blog, comments are moderated.
- Link limit: This blog is setup to automatically hold any blog comment with more than two links in the moderation queue, which may delay your comment from appearing. Any blog comment with more than two links may be marked as comment spam and deleted.
- Commercial links, post links, signature links, etc. : Including a link to your “personal” ie. non-commercial blog and/or website is acceptable (all usernames are linked) but all links are subject to review and may be removed prior to posting. Provided the bloggers commenting are actually adding something to the discussion I do not remove their links. However, if I believe that they are just link dropping in an attempt to divert readers to their own blog post(s) or to game search engine results then I do not feel the same way. I delete the links. Example: Anchor text – If a keyword is entered into the name field rather than a name I will either break the link and post the comment or I will delete the comment.
- Comments on old posts: Comment boxes will remain open for up to 30 days following post publication, however, you are welcome to submit your responses to any older post at any time by using the Contact form below.
What you doing to combat comment spam on your blog?
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