If you want to improve your site’s visibility in the search results, approving spam comments is definitely not the way to go. The majority of all so-called information on the internet is spam. Over 80% of all so-called comments submitted to blogs on the .wordpress.com site every day are spam. There is not only robotic spam but there are also people hired to leave phony comments on blogs so they can get their spammy links approved and posted.
Comments can be a good source of information that add value to your site content. This valuable content should not be replaced by giggerish and/or keywords and/or links to spammy sites. For this reason it’s important to learn how to spot and handle spam correctly. WordPress.com blogs are protected by the Akismet comment spam filter. Learn the ways to protect your WordPress.com blogs from unwanted comments. Akismet learns and Lorelle provides a public service announcement in her recent post DO NOT DELETE COMMENT SPAM. MARK SPAM AS SPAM
Matt Mullenweg and his Automattic team came up with a powerful process of collecting comment spam data from every Akismet user and collating it into prevention filters. Take advantage of them and help them do their job to protect sites from comment spam. Read more > DO NOT DELETE COMMENT SPAM. MARK SPAM AS SPAM Lorelle on WordPress.
Akismet How does it work?
“Each time a new comment, trackback, or pingback is added to your site it’s submitted to the Akismet web service which runs hundreds of tests on the comment and returns a thumbs up or thumbs down. As a result, you don’t have to waste your time sorting through and deleting spammy comments from your blog.
… So if you notice a comment in your spam folder from someone you don’t know, or linking to a web site you’ve never seen before, take a good look at it before you hit the Unspam button: in all likelihood, Akismet put it there for a reason.” Read more > 5 things every blogger should know about spam
It’s important to learn how to discern the differences between legitimate comments, pingbacks and trackbacks and those that are either bot generated or human generated spam. Don’t approve spammy pingbacks and trackbacks because you are desperate for comments and do not have the skill to spot what’s spam and what’s not. Learn how to spot splogs and spammy comments, pingbacks and trackbacks. >Trackback and Pingback Spam: What to do?
Help! Akismet is catching a regular comment as spam!
“Don’t worry, if you see a regular comment on your Akismet page, just click the “Approve” button or the “Not Spam” checkbox and submit and the comment will be sent back to Akismet as a mistake. The system will learn from your submission, though it may take a day or so in some cases. False positives, as they’re called, are extremely rare and we watch them closely.”