WordPress Spam Comments – How Can You Tell?
One of the functions of your site is to create engagement with your visitors. And one of the primary ways of creating this engagement is through comments about your content from your visitors.
But the challenge some people have is how to tell a real comment from a spam comment?
How To Know If A Comment Is Spam
1) The comment does not mention your site specifically.
It will have things like “Great Site” or “Your Site Is Easy To Navigate” or my favorite “I Love Your Site I Have To Make Sure To Bookmark It And Tell All My Friends”
None of these phrases within the so-called comments mentioned one specific thing about the site or the content that was posted. So you can be sure this is an auto-generated spammy comment – and what happens to those?
They get trashed!
2) It’s written with really bad english. You know the same english you get when you buy a $5 article from some so-called expert article writer.
3) They include an irrelevant link. So say you’re talking about how to train a dog to be house broken and the link is about piano lessons.
Thanks for coming your comment has been trashed!
4) Here’s the BIGGEST red flag – It’s In Your Spam Folder!! Enough said.
Some Examples Of Spam Comments
Like they say a picture is worth a thousand words. Here are just a handful of spam comments I receive on a daily basis.
Don’t Be Tempted To Approve Spam Comments
I know it’s cool when people comment – but that’s the keyword “People”.
Most if not all of these are regurgitated or auto created comments, which are completely useless and do not promote the desired affect of comments – which is visitor engagement.
Here’s a couple more reasons you NEVER want to approve these types of comments:
1) Chances are a comment like the ones I showed you have been pushed out to millions of websites. And if a lot of those site approved the comment. It’s more than likely Google is going to flag those sites as spammy.
And guess what? If you approved the same comment Google is going to flag your site as spammy as well.
2) When visitors come to your site and see all these spammy, useless comments that have no relevancy to your post content, they’re going to wonder why.
What Comments Should You Approve?
The ONLY comments you should approve are from real people. And it’s real easy to tell if someone is real or not.
- A real person will (should) write out a well thought out comment.
- A real person will (can) ask a well thought out question.
- A real person will usually mention a specific point about your post content.
- A real person may ask a followup question regarding your post content.
- A real person may ask your thoughts about something related to your post content.
Here’s What A Real Person Comment Looks Like
Should You Approve A Comment That Promotes The Commenters Site?
Personally I’ll approve a comment that includes a promotional link back to the commenters site. But only if the comment contributes and adds value to the discussion.
Remember all the links that you have going out from your site should primarily be to top authority sites. And I say primarily because not all your links are going to end up pointing to a top authority site.
Some of your links will point to sites that are on their way to becoming authority sites. Which is fine as long as they add value to your content or provide additional support to your content.
How To Never Have A Spam Comment Appear On Your Site
There is a two step sure fire way to prevent any spam comments appearing on your site.
Use the plugin Akismet. This will filter out most if not all spam comments and trackback spam for you.
And to make sure no comments end up on your site accidentally. Make sure to have your setting for your comments set to where you have to approve all submitted comments.
This is how I have things set and by having these two steps in place I can never have a spam comment posted to my site.
You’ll find the settings for your comments under the Setting tab of your dashboard and then under Discussion. You’ll also find many other custom setting for your comments in this area as well.
But ultimately it’s up to you whom to approve or not approve.
I hope you found this post helpful. If so, feel free to share it with your audience, and if you have any questions or comments please leave them below.
I believe in you!!