Don't you hate it? All those spammy comments that contribute nothing to your blog and are clearly being submitted by bots or people being paid a nickle a comment because they think they're going to get some kind of fabulous link juice?
I received a question the other day from Yoon:
I am finding that my blog gets inundated with spam type comments that has been taking my assistant on average about 10 hours a week to review all of the comments and delete spam vs post real comments. This seems like high maintenance. Is this normal? Or are we doing something wrong that's creating unnecessary work?
Unfortunately I don't know what blog platform Yoon is using or what plugins so I'll give a general response.
If you're using Wordpress as your blog platform, at the very least you need to have the Askimet plugin installed. That will filter quite a bit of spam out of your comment stream.
You can edit your Comment Settings to hold comments with more than X number of hyperlinks (a common tactic of spammers) and also hold comment from those who have never commented on your blog before.
I also use the Premium version of Comment Luv on my Wordpress blog at DeniseWakeman.com. There is an option you can enable that puts a number of protections in place against blog comment spam: warning if there are too many hyperlinks, too few words in the comment, minimum number of seconds spent on your site, and a checkbox to declare they are not a spammer.
TypePad is another story. This blog is built on TypePad. And, I'm innundated with blog comment spam on this site. Supposedly they employ strong spam protection but so much gets through that I now have to moderate all my comments.
I have all comments sent to me via email so I can see at a glance what's spam and what's legitimate. I only approve legitimate comments and every so often take a few minutes to delete all the junk. Not perfect, but I don't waste a lot of time on it.
What system or plugins do you use to combat blog comment spam? I promise if your comment is legitimate I will approve and post it! :-)
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