No one likes spammers.
No one likes spam comments.
And yet there seems to be an abundance of them on your blog. Why?
Spammers exist solely to promote their product/service, spread malware etc.
This spells trouble for bloggers who are looking to build a genuine following.
In this post, I’ll be talking about how to deal with spam comments but first you need to know how to actually spot a spam comment.
So how do you tell if someone’s a spammer?
1) Lookout for random numbers at the end of email addresses. For example; firstname.lastname@example.org – that’s not a good sign.
2) Pay attention to what they’ve entered in the name field.
If they’ve put something like John Doe’s Shoes then that’s a big sign they’re only commenting to promote products at John Doe’s Shoes. But that’s not always the case.
3) Genuine comments are relevant to the article. If they’ve written something vague like;
I got what you intend, appreciate it for putting up. Woh I am glad to find this website through google.
then your best bet is that it’s spam. And that’s an actual comment I got on my blog recently.
4) When the comment is something along the lines of;
Go to spamsite.com today and get your free product with the second one 20% off!!!
This one is kind of obvious but if the comment has nothing to do with your post or your blog – it’s spam.3 Ways to Stop Spam Comments on Your Blog! Click To Tweet
Now that I can find the spam comments, how do I stop getting them?
Install an anti-spam plugin. Plugins like Askimet are great at catching spam comments but even these aren’t 100% effective.
Remove website field in comments. On WordPress, it gives you an option to link back to your site. ZThis is another way spammers get free advertising. You can get rid of it with a little bit of a code.
Remove auto linking. Auto linking means if someone adds a link to they’re comment then you can click on it. Removing this means to visit the link, you have to copy and paste it manually. This bit of code should again be put in your functions.php or using a plugin like Code Snippets.
remove_filter('comment_text', 'make_clickable', 9);
I hope these tips helped!
How do you deal with spam comments? Tell me in the comments.
Tomi is a book lover and the blogger behind A Bookworm’s Guide to Life which is a space for avid readers, creatives and all-round cool kids.