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How to Reduce Spam Comments On Your Blog?

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There are two ways that people spam on a blog, they do it manually and they do it automatically. When they do it manually they will go to your blog, paste their comment onto your blog, and then leave. When they do it automatically, they will use a program to find your blog and then leave the spam message on there. Here is how you can reduce the amount of spam comments on your blog.

What are spam comments?

This is where a person puts a comment on you blog without a good reason for putting it there. The comment itself will be poorly thought out. A key element of spam is that a person does this a lot. The process of spamming involves putting very little thought into commenting. It means doing the same things repeatedly without any sort of thought.



The copy/paste function is fairly handy for spamming, and you will find that the spammed comment is the same across a number of blogs. The spammer has probably thought up a comment, and then passed it around the community as much as he/she can with the copy/paste function on their computer.

Why do people spam comments?

The most common reason is so that they can link to their website. The search engines will rank a site higher if it has links pointing towards it. The links they install on your blog section will help count towards that, so they spam a comment and a link on your blog comment section.

Do people spam comments without links?

Yes, there are people who will find blogs that disagree with their opinion, and they will add spam comments onto each of them (usually something abusive). There are also troublemakers who just like to post abusive messages on people’s blog comment sections. So, they find a few blogs and post a few comments–they find it fun.

Install a security program to stop spam bots

If you want to stop the spam bots (the automatic ones), then a piece of security programming will do the trick. If you have a blog that is made by a CMS, such as WordPress or Blogger, then you will be able to find lots of plugins that will install this sort of security programming for you, the most used plugin is “AKismet”. If you do not, then you will have to install the programming yourself onto your blog comment section.

There are also lots of these slices of code, and some are simple if you know a bit about programming. For example, there is code that gives 4 fields to fill in, such as email address, name, etc, but only shows 3 of them to the page user. The spam bot will fill out all four, which is where the programming code “if” statement comes in and rejects the comment.

Tell people that your blog comment section is a “no-follow” section

The “no-follow” tag is a piece of code that tells a search engine not to read this bit. If your comment section has a no-follow tag, then the comments are not read by the search engines and there is no point in spamming a comment or link. If you tell people that the comment section is not followed, then manual spammers will probably not waste their time.

Sadly however, if you do install a no-follow tag, then any search engine optimization benefits you may have enjoyed from the comments will no longer apply.

Administer your blog comments after they are entered

This is where you simply delete the comments that are spam. You can probably do this on your mobile phone or tablet as you are on a bus or train. There are apps out there for blog CMS’s that will allow you to alter and delete your comments on your blog. So, all you need to do is have a look at your comment section every now and again and delete the spam.

Make people submit their comments for approval

This is a common process. The commenting person must submit a comment, and it goes into a list that awaits your approval. The problem with this is that you probably will not be able to check it every day and approve the comments every day, so the commenter will probably not return to give counter-comments. It removes the immediacy of commenting that some people like.

Have people create accounts to post comments

This is not a great idea. It is where you have people create an account with your blog before you allow them to comment. Most people will not bother creating an account, and will simply not bother commenting on your blog at all.

 

Sonia Jackson on behalf of www.essays.mightystudents.com writes essays on different topics, she also contributed “Five Effective Ways to Make Money On Ebay” and Why SEO service?

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