We all want comments on our blogs. It’s the interaction that makes for even better reading (most of the time). But we don’t want comment spam. Sometimes you get a comment that doesn’t quite fit — like a compliment out of the blue on an old post. Yes, we are awesome. But why are you telling me on a story from 2 years ago???
It’s probably spam. Here’s a perfect example of comment spam from a couple of days ago:
- His name is “damaging search engine optimization.” If that’s true, his parents should be charged with something.
- Not a domain name someone types into a form. In fact the site has probably been hacked.
- An email address that doesn’t match the name (see point #1). Probably a hacked AOL email address too.
- Poor english. Google translate has come a long way — but as you can see, not quite far enough. “all your base are belong to us” Buddy.
- Trust your instincts. If you think it’s spam, it probably is.
It’s not always this obvious. But if you see any of the first 4 examples, you are more than likely dealing with a spammer and should mark it as spam.
How to stop it
- Make sure you have the WordPress plugin, Akismet running and that you have the key installed. It won’t work without it.
- For even better comment control install the Disqus plug-in. This will make it a little more difficult for some of your people to leave a first time comment, so think carefully. I don’t use it everywhere. There are some pluses and minuses I’ll cover in a future blog post if you’d like.