As a WordPress.com user, my spam filter, Akismet, works well. In addition to Akismet, I use a few simple measures to keep my comments sections orderly. I moderate the first comment of readers and any comments that include links.
The moderation of a reader’s first comment is great for the rare spam comment that worms its way through Akismet. Plus, it helps me keep up with readers who are visiting my blog for the first time. I moderate links because spam often includes links. Also, I hate legitimate yet crazy annoying comments like, “Great post! You can check out my blog at www.IJustWantedToLeaveALink.com“.
As more people visit my blog, so does the number of spam comments. Every once in a while, I like to look at some comments in my spam folder. Check out my most recent faves.
Comment left on Have You Ever, Blog Edition– How I miss the nursing time. I chsierhed all the moments. I remember counting their toes while nursing my children (they like the touching of my hand and seems to be very relax when that happened.) Praying for your family and friends during her nursing time indeed is a time wisely spent. You are a great Mama to your baby. By the way, Renae is VERY cute love her smile. ♥ (Note: I don’t have children. And if I did, I wouldn’t name them after me.)
Comment left on If We Were Having Coffee: Concerts– Thanks for giving your ideas with this blog. Additionally, a dulesion regarding the financial institutions intentions any time talking about foreclosure is that the loan company will not have my installments.
Comment left on Haiku: The Wife– I’m no longer positive the place you’re getting your information, however great topic. I must spend a while learning more or understanding more. You need to get more information for your mission.
Comment left on my Quick Links page– Hello just wanted to give yoou a quick heads up and let you know a few of the images aren’t loading properly (there are no images on this page). I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue. Great weblog. (Note: My Quick Links page tends to get the majority of spam comments. No clue why.)
Comment left on Things that Make Summer Awesome– What i don’t realize is in fact how you’re no lgoner actually much more smartly-liked thanyou’ll be right now. You are very intelligent. You understand thus significantly on the subject of this matter, produced me for my part imagine it from so lots of a range of angles. Its like men and women are not involved unless its something to do with Lady gaga! Your personal stuffs nice. Always maintain it up!
These are some ridiculous comments, but I’ve learned spam comments have some things in common:
- Poorly written
- Vague comments could apply to any blog post
- Comment is overly complimentary
- Name of email, blog, website. or facebook seems fakish
- The comment is from some “business”
- Comment includes several links, links seem scammy
- Comments do not make sense to blog post (Ex. Requesting more information on a haiku post.)
- The comment refers to a blog as weblog- because seriously, who says/types weblog?
I am not sure why the spam comments are usually so poorly written. I often wonder why some bloggers allow obvious spam comments, and they will even reply and thank that spam commenter for dropping by. Jeez Louise!
Honestly, dealing with spam comments is 100x easier than I thought it would be back when I first started blogging. It isn’t a hassle at all.
How do you fight spam comments (please don’t say captchas)? What are tips do you have for spotting comment spam?
Spam image via Nemo on Pixabay.