Do You Approve All Comments Left On Your Blog?

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Hey,

Do you approve all comments left on your blog? I know that Akismet plugin normally does a good job of blocking spam comments to your blog, but what if it lets something through that appears to be legitimate, but not related?

The person making the comments does not have a related site but the comment is good, but general?

Eg Comment from my tech blog: Good but not related.

"Heya i'm for the primary time here. I found this board and I to find It really helpful & it helped me out a lot. I hope to give something back and aid others such as you aided me."

Thanks
Andrew
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  • Profile picture of the author DTGeorge
    Originally Posted by andrewm View Post

    Hey,

    Do you approve all comments left on your blog? I know that Akismet plugin normally does a good job of blocking spam comments to your blog, but what if it lets something through that appears to be legitimate, but not related?

    The person making the comments does not have a related site but the comment is good, but general?

    Eg Comment from my tech blog: Good but not related.

    "Heya i'm for the primary time here. I found this board and I to find It really helpful & it helped me out a lot. I hope to give something back and aid others such as you aided me."

    Thanks
    Andrew
    Hmmm for comments that make it through Akismet I generally let them slide. Although if it's obvious that it is actually a spam comment, instantly deleted.

    The above comment is possibly spammy, but there are some people (especially non native english speakers) who come across a blog and leave those sorts of general but genuine comment. I may be tempted to leave it, but of course it's your call
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  • Profile picture of the author onlineworker11
    Comments that isn't clearly spam i allow,but if its some hidden agenda behind the comment,I mean spam to get backlinks,then I delete them.
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      Akismet gets most of them, but some slip through. Like this one with a link to a site in Poland

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  • Profile picture of the author JSProjects
    Originally Posted by andrewm View Post

    Hey,

    Do you approve all comments left on your blog? I know that Akismet plugin normally does a good job of blocking spam comments to your blog, but what if it lets something through that appears to be legitimate, but not related?

    The person making the comments does not have a related site but the comment is good, but general?

    Eg Comment from my tech blog: Good but not related.

    "Heya i'm for the primary time here. I found this board and I to find It really helpful & it helped me out a lot. I hope to give something back and aid others such as you aided me."

    Thanks
    Andrew
    That is clearly an automated comment, so, no. It's instantly marked as spam.

    I do approve plenty of comments though. Comments that are relevant and related to the post.
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    • Profile picture of the author incognito19
      Tough call, there is really not a right or wrong answer. My rule for all of my "important" sites is to manually approve each comment. You never know who is behind a spam comment. It is possible to start receiving much more spam comments if you let one display on your page and who knows, the person who send you that comment might decide to nuke your page with low quality backlinks for a short burst of PR but then your page and\or site will tank. With so many variables I took the easy way out of not approving any "spammy" comment.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeff Burritt
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    Depends on what you want your blog to do.

    If you just want traffic, then you want as many comments as possible.

    If you want quality targeted traffic, then you want to delete unhelpful comments.
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  • Profile picture of the author pdrs
    thats a spam comment if i've ever seen one - lately i've just been gettign rid of wordpress commenting all together and going with facebook - sorting through the multitude of spam comments just to find one or two that may be genuine isn't worth it and i think the facebook interaction looks better anyways
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  • A good blog builds an active community. If the comment is generic like: "nice blog you have here. I enjoy reading it." ~ that doesn't contribute to the discussion. It's obviously just a spam comment. I delete worthless comments.

    To get the blog active, I respond thoughtfully to all comments. I also ask questions to the comments that were left. After doing this for a few weeks, my blog typically tends to overflow with comments
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  • Profile picture of the author katherineolga
    I would let that one through depending on if it has Spam content or not. If it doesn't, I'll let it through. Unless it looks like it was a copy and paste job then I wouldn't approve it.
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  • Profile picture of the author NataliaF
    if it is not spam, then it can be allowed I suppose.
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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    I never allowed people the option to add comments to my articles that I have written over the years.

    Now that I look at this, it was a good decision because most of the comments out there are spam and people only post to get backlinks.

    A few years ago when almost everyone allowed others to post comments, it was cool thing because it helped the blog and the people who post these comments.

    Nowadays, with so much spam going around and so many people who are desperate for traffic, I would shut it off if I had one running.
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    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      Originally Posted by talfighel View Post


      Nowadays, with so much spam going around and so many people who are desperate for traffic, I would shut it off if I had one running.
      You can say that again!!

      I'm even getting those in my contact form now!

      Seriously, how can one even possibly think that by commenting link riddled spam in a contact form is possibly going to stick? I mean an ice cube has a better chance of surviving in Hell, then that crap sticking and doing the poster any good.

      Note: I didn't swear! I believe Hell is an actual place, therefore it is a proper noun. :p

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    • Profile picture of the author Stuart Walker
      Originally Posted by talfighel View Post

      I never allowed people the option to add comments to my articles that I have written over the years.

      Now that I look at this, it was a good decision because most of the comments out there are spam and people only post to get backlinks.

      A few years ago when almost everyone allowed others to post comments, it was cool thing because it helped the blog and the people who post these comments.

      Nowadays, with so much spam going around and so many people who are desperate for traffic, I would shut it off if I had one running.
      I think it's a bad move to shut off comments. The idea that only spammers comment is totally false. If you write an article that gets people thinking / discussions and welcome comments it can get a flurry of activity going on your site.

      I allow genuine comments only not that clearly spam comment above.
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    I rarely get a comment that is worth letting through. Most are spam and the few that aren't connect to sites that are either not in English or the comment makes no sense anyway so it is pointless to let it through.
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  • Profile picture of the author IMsam
    I usually do not subscribe to approving comment tha appear general like the one cited. What shows that a person read your content is that they leave a corresponding comment. I usually delete such general comment.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryuchi
    That is a too general comment, a no for me. I do approve a lot of comments on a daily basis but general statements and obvious spam comments that have gotten through akismet are deleted. I prefer to see few informative related comments in my page rather than a bunch of general comments.

    Good luck!
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    • Profile picture of the author glennshep
      I don't allow all comments freely on my blog but neither do I moderate each and every comment, which is something I see some bloggers doing. My blog is set to simply hold a first comment until it's approved. Once I have approved someone's first comment then they can freely post and I don't need to moderate each one.

      Personally I don't use Akismet. I use Simple Trackback Validation with Topsy Blocker and G.A.S.P. I can't say that I've had any problems with spam since installing these.

      With regards to the example you gave, I wouldn't approve that one. If I found that posted to my blog I would consider it mostly likely to be spam.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheMarketingLord
    In my experience, a vast majority of comments left on my blogs (I own 4) are spam comments with backlinks. I'd be stupid to approve those...

    But the rest, sure, why not!
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  • Profile picture of the author Rob Maggs
    I have got super critical, I moderate everything...sometimes a good comment will link back to a crappy site, so there is very little that gets through on my sites. Amazes me that people are still using auto-commenters and scrapebox and posting crappy comments that can be seen as spam from a mile off, It must be time for the spammers to wake up!
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  • Profile picture of the author Tim Franklin
    agreed with most of the consensus here most of the time its spam but every once in a while it is worth approving and every once in a while I am even surprised that the links are decent ones.
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  • Profile picture of the author pizzatherapy
    I agree. The spammy comments that get through are very easy to spot.

    These are general comments that while seemingly positive in nature and commending you on a great insightful post, have nothing to do with the conversation.

    I immediately delete these without a thought.

    But sometimes there are comments that are not totally spammy but are very self serving in that they will have an obvious backlink to some unrelated offer. I will sometimes go in and edit these, by taking out the backlink and leaving the comment. I don't mind backlinks to actual websites or blogs, (I will generally approve them) but I do mind back links to CPA links and such.

    Honestly though, I get very few comments from my blog posts...some but not many.
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  • Profile picture of the author CRGreen
    That comment is way too general and seems like spam so I would delete it. You can also tell if a comment is spam by looking at the URL the comment links back to.

    Remember, your reputation is on the line. Your blog is a way to build credibility within your niche. You don't want to have a bunch of comments on your posts that are nothing but spam, offer no value and link back to bad sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kalanag
    That is a high quality spammer. I would let him go through if the URL does not scream "spam". Of course not if such comments appear frequently.
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  • Profile picture of the author Altin
    If I "smell" only a backlink intention and if it has general good words that does not seem to have much to do with the article, i delete it without thinking any longer. In certain casesI may only remove the link and leave the comment text as it is.
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    If you really want an amazing comment moderation system, I'd highly recommend Disqus. It's really robust, makes you look legit, has social media sharing baked in... and it's FREE.
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  • Profile picture of the author ParkerArrow
    I google comments. This particular one has 10 hits on other blogs.

    Personally, if a person can't be bothered to comment, I can't be bothered to publish.
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  • Profile picture of the author twinkenterprises
    I like the idea of taking out a backlink you like. It may help get more readers or subscribers to your blog if you get a lot of people saying general good comments, even if they are probably spammy. If you take out the bad link and just leave the good intentions how could that hurt your blog?
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  • Profile picture of the author befree22
    I use Akismet, Wangguard, and WP Security. The few comments that get though end up in comments for moderation queue where I delete them.
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  • Profile picture of the author smlover
    never did, becuase most of them were spam
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  • Profile picture of the author Mitch Barber
    I'm reasonably new to setting up blogs. I've done a few and I was under the impression that comments are a good sign in googles eyes. So in the early days of a new blog I often alter spam comments and remove their web link. I do this in the belief that comments may add some google juice to to the post.

    Does anyone know if this is true or not?

    I have to admit it can be time consuming so not sure if it's worth it.
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  • Profile picture of the author vishwa
    Precisely Not! I do not approve all the comments coming to my blog. Firstly I Review the comment and if I find it relevant to the post, i will definitely approve it, whether it is positive or negative comment.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    I wouldn't approve all. Everyday i got flooded with new wordpress comments. I check the comments, and 90% of them are offers for the new Jordan's or a Gucci bag. Ridiculous. Luckily it's not in a high volume everyday... but it does happen everyday.
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  • Profile picture of the author clever7
    A spammer posts exactly the same empty comment everywhere. So, if you will accept this comment, your blog will be identified as a blog that publishes spam comments.

    You have to pay attention to the user name. Spammers usually have an user name that describes what they do like ‘traffic genius’ or ‘click here to learn more’. When you see such user names instead of people’s names, these comments are considered spam. Google pays attention to this fact.

    You can use the option to edit a comment at your Wordpress blog. Sometimes I edit comments. I delete links and I correct grammatical errors.

    But to avoid this trouble, I usually delete or mark as spam comments that are not made by real readers who are talking about my topic or making me a question related to what I'm writing about.









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  • Profile picture of the author WillR
    Any comments that are not clearly written in reply to your post should never be approved. First of all if you approve them then those same spammers are going to keep targeting your blog and others will also. Second of all, if I am a visitor to your blog and I see all these generalized comments it looks to me as though you have written them yourself or they have been made up.
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  • Profile picture of the author rmills123
    I do not approve all. I want the comments to be related to the topic of my blog so that they can be helpful to my readers. I think if they are related to my blog than it is not likely they are spam. Hope this helps.
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  • No I don't approve any comments that's not related to my blog. If it's related then I will approve it. If it's not then it's a no go.
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    • Profile picture of the author joma12
      I generally let them pass when Aksimet did not mark it as spam but I delete the link and leave the comment if I find it is useful to the article.As sometimes you need some comments to rank your site and each comment is a mini article which is unique in general so it helps to rank your blog
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  • Profile picture of the author ejullya
    Hey Andrew,

    I go through all comments and I do not approve all of them. I do not approve any comment that looks like spam (as your example indicates).

    I also don't approve short comments like "nice post" or "great post" even if it is written by someone who's comments I approved previously. I feel that if someone wants to leave a comment and have a link to their post shown (because I have commnetluv), they need to put some thought into commenting.
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    • Profile picture of the author plfbus
      Originally Posted by ejullya View Post

      ...... I feel that if someone wants to leave a comment and have a link to their post shown ......., they need to put some thought into commenting.
      Yes, and when they do, it is a win-win situation - both parties have a quality link. Also gives more encouragement to others to join in and create a meaningful discussion, allowing everyone gets valuable links.
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  • Profile picture of the author alvinchua91
    Nope, definitely not. There's so many spam comments with really bad quality -.-
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  • Profile picture of the author charlesanthony
    I never approve all comments as most of them are intended for link building.

    And yes, if the comment is on my post's topic, I do approve after bit moderation/editing.
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  • Profile picture of the author World Marketing
    All the comments that are from actual human beings I approve....anything else is usual spam!
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  • I'm kinda picky about comments. Like I only approve comments which are giving either feedback, starting a discussion, related to the post.

    So the most generic comments I don't approve.
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