Spam is a huge issue online. I know I get hundreds of spam comments between my blogs every single day without fail. You don’t want to just allow any comment ever to go live on your blog because spam comments hurt you in a few ways.
- A lot of spammers leave spammy links as well. That makes your site look less credible to Google.
- Spam comments don’t look good to readers and if the links go to phishing sites you could actually cause a lot of trouble for them.
- They make real visitors less likely to comment because you’re not actively moderating comments.
I personally moderate comments to avoid publishing spam and so I can reply to the comments and spark conversations. With all these spam comments it can take forever to get through them, so here are two simple tips that are going to make a huge difference in dealing with all of this spam.
1. Install a spam filter.
I use Aksimet. It’s free for personal sites and only $5/month for professional sites. It’s really easy to use and since I installed it I’ve only had maybe a dozen spam comments not get caught and moved to the spam filter. I’ve also heard good things about this plugin.
The use of a spam filter has saved me so much time running my blogs. I log in and I see my handful of legit comments in my pending folder and the rest go to a spam folder. It’s great, but there is a downside. Sometimes real comments get caught in that folder, which takes us to tip 2.
2. Skim through your spam filter and check for legit comments.
When I was doing Tiffany Dow’s vlogging challenge a lot of us were commenting on each other’s vlogs. Tiffany made a point to comment on a lot of our vlogs herself. I knew this because every vlog I watched had one of her comments on it. For the first week and a half I was kind of sad because I wondered if she just didn’t like my blog because she wasn’t commenting on mine. Then I checked my spam filter and felt super silly. She had commented on every vlog along with a few other people but the comments all got caught in the spam filter! I bet the people commenting thought I was ignoring them too. 🙁
Luckily once you click “not spam” on someone’s comments all of their comments make it to your pending folder but it’s still important to check for new non-spam often. I check daily or every other day.
You kind of get used to telling which comments are spam. If you aren’t sure whether or not a comment is spam, the URL will probably be a good indicator. I see a lot of spam comments advertising sites about medicine or designer bags and shoes. Spam comments also don’t utilize the CommentLuv plugin I have installed very often.
How do you deal with spam comments?