3 Tips To Detect Comment Spam On Your Blog

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The world wide web is an invaluable informational tool where you can stumble upon awesome people doing crazy cool stuff on a daily basis. However, there’s some annoying people out there who insist on trying to snap up real estate on your blog via the comment system (using comment spam) for the purpose of getting links back to their own sites in the hopes of making a sale.

Not cool.

The world wide web is an invaluable informational tool where you can stumble upon awesome people doing crazy cool stuff on a daily basis. However, there’s some annoying people out there who insist on trying to snap up real estate on your blog via the comment system (using comment spam) for the purpose of getting links back to their own sites in the hopes of making a sale.

Let me be clear

I’m cool with genuine readers who come here and either take value or add value to my blog. What I’m not cool with is leaving comment spam for the purpose of riding my blogs back and dropping links to sites that offer zero value to my readers.

For a start-up you may be tempted to give these spammers a bit of prime time to make your site look as though it has good readership. Or, you may even believe these guys are the real McCoy and are in fact “real” readers. Please, don’t be fooled.

I’m beginning to see a bit of flattery going on here at my own blog. Cool? Maybe. Enough for me to approve the comment? Definitely not.

Most of the time it’s pretty easy to spot the spam but occasionally you have to go the extra mile.

So here’s how I spot the spam on my blog.

Tip 1

Simply take a look at the name of the comments author.

The comment spam I get on my blog

Honestly! I feel pain for the kid whose mother called him “Drink”!

Seriously though, You want “real” people with “real names commenting on your blog. From the example above, only the first comment will get through our spam screening exercise.

Tip 2

To determine if Mr/Mrs Fritz Esperanza is simply spamming my blog or not I’ll employ the help of Google.

Copy & paste the suspect comment into Google. You’re bound to find (at least) a page full of the same comment word for word. Check it out:

Copy + paste the suspect comment into Google Search

Suspect comment spam pulled up pages of the same type of comment

Instant FAIL!

Tip 3

The comment did pass this test but you still feel it may be spam?

Visit their site. If their site isn’t one you’d recommend to your visitors that makes your decision easy. DON’T approve the comment!

Do you have any tips to share about how you prevent “dreaded spam” from appearing on your blog? Let me know in the comments below!

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