Take a look at these 5 “to be moderated” comments that I had in my moderation queue:
The first 3 seem natural, however, the other two are obviously spam comments that got by Akismet. Now, the interesting thing about the comments by John Taylor is that they seem like they could of been written by a human. Although, the bot owner is obviously too stupid to set a delay for each spam comment, and two of the same comments were dropped on two different posts – in the same minute.
The first one seemed legit, and I almost pushed “Approve”, however, When I don’t know about whether a comment is legit or not, a quick search on Google usually clears the confusion up.
Results for: “I follow your blog for quite a long time and must tell you that your articles always prove to be of a high value and quality for readers.” - 189,000 results.
What do all 5 of these spam comments have in common?
- They all got past Akismet’s spam filtering plugin, which means that spam isn’t as easy to detect anymore. A nice, warm fuzzy comment about how high quality your blog is might just be a way to get a backlink to a spammers site.
- It doesn’t take that much of a genius to figure out which ones are spam and which ones are not, just make sure that the comments being said are actually intended.
- If you use a “Top Commentator” or “Recent Commentator” plugin, make sure that the comments you approve have URL’s that aren’t spammy looking. Failure to do this may result in loss of rankings in Search Engines and a loss of trust in your blog’s audience.
What are some of the ways that you combat blog comment spam? Does it prove to be effective?