Spam comments on your blog

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The more my new blog grows the more spam comments I'm getting through in an attempt to backlink...

I have considered switching 'nofollow' on however I don't think that's fair to the majority who leave constructive comments on any blog post I do, how does everyone handle spam comments? I stick them right in the spam folder...
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  • Profile picture of the author ReachOneMedia
    Originally Posted by william1872 View Post

    The more my new blog grows the more spam comments I'm getting through in an attempt to backlink...

    I have considered switching 'nofollow' on however I don't think that's fair to the majority who leave constructive comments on any blog post I do, how does everyone handle spam comments? I stick them right in the spam folder...
    Same here!
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  • Profile picture of the author Willie Murray
    I feel real sorry for the folk that are paying for the backlinks, to date I've not had one spam attempt relevant to the niche I'm in, and if I'm right it needs to be relevant for a quality backlink?
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Shook
      Originally Posted by william1872 View Post

      I feel real sorry for the folk that are paying for the backlinks, to date I've not had one spam attempt relevant to the niche I'm in, and if I'm right it needs to be relevant for a quality backlink?
      Then you are a lot nicer than I am. I have no sympathy for them at all.

      I'm not interested in going to war or anything, I just install SI Captcha and seems to help with most of them. I get a fair amount of trackback spam, but I just delete. I had one occasion where I wrote to the site on whose behalf the TB spam had been posted and complained.

      I wound up with a nice affiliate relationship with the owner of the site who actaully has good products.

      I did explain how that kind of spam could not only damage his site reputation but was at great odds to the kind of product he was selling. Whatever he told his SEO firm, i did not get any more tb spams from his site.

      There are always going to be people who think the internet is there for them to take advantage of without giving anything back in return. I don't worry so much about that anymore becasue it always gets evened out in the end (in my experience anyway)
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  • Profile picture of the author Sire
    What you need to do is to install anti spam plugins. The two I use are GASP and akismet. GASP stops spam from bots and akismet stops most human spam.
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  • Profile picture of the author Vikby
    I'm using Disqus - it is very powerful against spam. Up to 90% of spam comments get unapproved automatically.
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  • Profile picture of the author Leveragist
    I had the same issue and just installed the SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam plugin for WordPress a few days ago. No spam's come through yet. Requiring a CAPTCHA to post a comment definitely helped in my case.
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  • You could install akismet but it's no longer free if you have ads on your blog. $5 month? No thanks!

    You can build a list of words in the Discussion page of your dashboard -- that's what I do. The offenders keep trying to spam for the same keywords, just add a few to the list every day and those comments are blocked. I never see them.

    I like to clean out what's left manually because occasionally there's a really boneheaded juxtaposition of spam with article, so I get to mock them mercilessly (removing their cherished links first, of course).

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  • Profile picture of the author Ntech25
    I have this same issue. Some of my blogs have over 7000 pending comments and I don't have a feature to delete all but spam just keeps building up.
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  • Profile picture of the author thecrazycub
    one question...

    I have the same issue.. I get like a hundred spam comments in a week. But they only list in the site if I approve them. I use wordpress.

    What I want to know is will these spam posts take the crawlers out of my site even if I am not approving them? Should I remove them perriodically or just approve the legit ones?

    Thanks,
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  • Profile picture of the author micksss
    If the comments aren't approved then they aren't visible to crawlers. If you are looking for a way to delete all pending comments check out this WP plugin: WordPress › Delete Pending Comments « WordPress Plugins
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    • Profile picture of the author WhamSoft
      Hi,

      Comment spam is a real issue on wordpress & other blogs and I wish people would just take the time to read the article and leave a relevant comment, I think most website owners would be happy to approve such a comment.

      Blatant spam is just a waste of time because it won't "stick" any place, I don't know why they even bother.

      I use two plugins (WP Spamfree & Si Captcha antispam) on my sites and these combined seem to stop most comment spam.

      Some sites do seem to attract more spam than others, pretty much any IM related site will attract many spammers.

      It's a never ending war.

      Lee
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      • Profile picture of the author RevSEO
        Originally Posted by WhamSoft View Post

        Hi,

        Blatant spam is just a waste of time because it won't "stick" any place, I don't know why they even bother.

        Lee
        Unfortunately there are blogs in which don't set comments to manual review or go into any moderation. Therefore the links will post on some blogs, thus the more spam that someone does on the net, the better the chance that someone finds these unmoderated blogs.

        Thats the big problem
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  • Profile picture of the author JamesGw
    I get a lot of spam sign ups on a forum I run. That's really annoying. Never had any issues with my blogs though.
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  • Profile picture of the author Claire Sharp
    We have the same issue.... i have been experiencing this kind of problem since i started blogging. I hope i will a way to solve this problem.
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  • Profile picture of the author Matthew Loop
    I use the Akismet plugin for Wordpress to get rid of the spam...
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  • Profile picture of the author retsek
    I use Akismet.

    but from time to time, i browse through the long lists of spam and find posts that are somewhat relevant to the topic and also have a avatar of the comment. I then edit out the links, leave their name and bamm..I have a nice discussion going. Legitimate visitors usually start chiming in.
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  • Profile picture of the author Willie Murray
    My fear with anti-spam plugins is binning relevant comments, I do like the sound of GASP though as this will bin most of the spam from known bots..

    I have built a list of known words up but that can be a never ending task! Seems a big issue with blogs spam comments, rather than turn commenting off completely you should think about making all comments 'nofollow' - renders the blog commenting useless to the spammers then.
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  • Profile picture of the author Onora Oz
    I'm not a fan of this method but I disabled pingbacks and trackbacks on most of my WP sites. I was feeling like these were inviting all the spam. And, it worked.
    WP -reCAPTCha helps too.
    People recommend Facebook Comment, and I think it would help but I believe most of my visitors/buyers wouldn't like it because they'd prefer remain anonymous and masked. (You know how it is in some niches/markets).
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    • Profile picture of the author Willie Murray
      Originally Posted by Onora Oz View Post

      I'm not a fan of this method but I disabled pingbacks and trackbacks on most of my WP sites. I was feeling like these were inviting all the spam. And, it worked.
      WP -reCAPTCha helps too.
      People recommend Facebook Comment, and I think it would help but I believe most of my visitors/buyers wouldn't like it because they'd prefer remain anonymous and masked. (You know how it is in some niches/markets).
      I never even thought of disabling pingbacks and tracebacks, I must look into that, does it not affect your content getting out there on the web?

      Thanks for everyones comments to
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      • Profile picture of the author Michael Shook
        Originally Posted by william1872 View Post

        I never even thought of disabling pingbacks and tracebacks, I must look into that, does it not affect your content getting out there on the web?

        Thanks for everyones comments to
        Its a setting in discussion or reading (I think) you can disable them both, but it does prevent some interaction outside of your blog itself. Depending on how much of this particular spam you are getting, it might be more worth it to leave them enabled.
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        • Profile picture of the author Willie Murray
          Originally Posted by JMichaelZ View Post

          Its a setting in discussion or reading (I think) you can disable them both, but it does prevent some interaction outside of your blog itself. Depending on how much of this particular spam you are getting, it might be more worth it to leave them enabled.
          Thanks I'll look into those settings just now
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  • Profile picture of the author chewmike
    Try using anti-spam plugin. I use Aksimet plugin.
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  • Profile picture of the author RobertBayes
    For my blogs, simply having all comments moderated works perfectly. I have a ton of spam comments, but it's easy enough to browse through them and publish the few real comments. And Askimet works fine for me.

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  • Profile picture of the author swiftimpulse
    I've been getting spam comments on my blog and it's really annoying. I would actually approve the comments if they were at least spelled correctly. Literally 50 comments, all have at least 1 word misspelled which ruins the whole comment. If the spammers are too lazy to even spell correctly then I don't see why they should get their comment posted anywhere.

    If it at least sounds plausible/spelt correctly then I don't mind adding it, regardless if it's a backlink for them or not.
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    • Profile picture of the author Willie Murray
      Originally Posted by swiftimpulse View Post

      I've been getting spam comments on my blog and it's really annoying. I would actually approve the comments if they were at least spelled correctly. Literally 50 comments, all have at least 1 word misspelled which ruins the whole comment. If the spammers are too lazy to even spell correctly then I don't see why they should get their comment posted anywhere.

      If it at least sounds plausible/spelt correctly then I don't mind adding it, regardless if it's a backlink for them or not.
      The GASP plugin seems to be working a treat, spam comments not there at the moment...
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  • Profile picture of the author johnapo
    CAPTCHA is a very good solution to this problem, however it makes comments unfriendly for the visitors that want to participate.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kezz
    Another thing you can do is install the PC Robots.txt plugin.

    It blocks a bucketload of known spambots from viewing your site.

    I've found it to be excellent: WordPress › PC Robots.txt « WordPress Plugins
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  • As mentioned above, I agree that you have to install anti spam plug ins. I think It can help you with your problem. =) just try.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
    LOL

    Spam isn't a problem.

    Just weed through all of the comments and delete the spam. Takes half a second and you're done.

    Right?

    (And, yes, there really are people who think this way.)

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  • Profile picture of the author Troy_Phillips
    Change the spam comments around and link them to your other sites
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    • Profile picture of the author KateHunter
      Originally Posted by Troy_Phillips View Post

      Change the spam comments around and link them to your other sites
      Ha ha good one! Yeah I do that. Wish I had a plugin to automate that for me!
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      • Profile picture of the author mydream247
        I use GASP for all my blogs, works well since most spam comments are botts, and I also moderate and manually approve all comments, time consuming, but worth it to keep the quality for my blogs.
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  • Profile picture of the author jushuaburnham
    I am using akismet for my wordpress blog screening out all comments drop by on my site.
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  • Profile picture of the author fernandoraymundo
    I am manually selecting each comments to see what's relevant to my blog and deleting those spam comments. some spammers are persistent but as soon as they feel that their links are not going in they will eventually stop and also to be fair with those comments that are relevant and helpful in my blog.
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  • Profile picture of the author pmbrent
    You should also turn on the feature that your comments are moderated, so you actually have to approve the comments before they post to your blog.
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  • Profile picture of the author JBrooks
    you'll greatly reduce the number of spam comments by setting up CAPTCHA and the few that do slip through you can delete easy enough.
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    • Profile picture of the author retsek
      Originally Posted by dealme View Post

      you'll greatly reduce the number of spam comments by setting up CAPTCHA and the few that do slip through you can delete easy enough.
      Captcha's are a joke and an inconvenience for the end user at best.
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  • Profile picture of the author Targeted Traffic
    There are programs that can help you block SPAM comments such as Akismet and Disqus (pronounced discuss).
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  • Profile picture of the author DIGITALCHAMELEON
    In my case I personally read and evaluate comments come in to my site and eventually welcome to those useful comments and reject spammy and irrelevant comments.
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