Simple Ways To Reduce Spam Comments

Apr 21, 2016
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How can you Reduce Spam

We would all like to Reduce Spam.  If you own a Blog you will no doubt have at some time received spam comments just as if you have an email account you will undoubtedly have received numerous spam emails. 

In this article I would like to offer some solutions to tackle the amount of Spam we as Internet Marketers receive on a daily basis, but first I’d like to offer up a couple of definitions just to clarify exactly what Spam is:-

  1. Comment Spam – is a term used by spam blacklist servers such as Project Honey Pot to refer to a broad category of spambot or spammer postings which abuse web-based forms to post unsolicited advertisements as comments on forums, blogs, wikis and online guestbooks.
  2.  Email Spam also known as junk email or unsolicited bulk email (UBE), is a subset of electronic spam involving nearly identical messages sent to numerous recipients by email.

If you already own a Website whether it be WordPress, Drupal, Joomla or other CMS you are probably very much aware of the amount of spam that can be received in just a single day. You will also be astutely aware of how time consuming it is to go through the comments pending list filtering out those spam comments from the the genuine article.

We would all like to be able to STOP SPAM completely, but I’m here to tell you that stopping 99{1039872b9b5b64e46745d9193c25a7ee1c0d2ff4785e24aa066d5c6b00562efc} is probably the best you’re ever going to get. 

So how can we reduce the amount of Spam we receive?

Before I continue perhaps it would be a good idea to look at just how we can identify a spam comment.

For example: 

  1. If your commentators are giving you way to much compliment such as “Hey you’re doing a great job, I’ve been looking for this content for a year.

Or

2. My friend recommended this blog to me and he was totally right. You can’t imagine how much time i spent looking for this info please keep up the great work.

They are complementing you as if they have never read an article before or you’re providing them with some precious knowledge they have bee looking for without previous success. These comments are totally fake.

A fake comment will also usually leave a link back to a website which has nothing whatsoever to do with the topic of your article and may even link to an Adult XXX site which is something you really do not want on your blog.

You should always check links to make sure they are genuine and they they go to a website you approve of. I realize of course this takes time but the alternative is not have comments at all so the time used checking your comments is in reality time well spent.

We can however greatly reduce spam by using a combination of FREE Plugins. Yes I said FREE Plugins it’snot a typo. many of us would simply install our WordPress Blog and use the Generic Plugin which is provided for us “Akismet” and whilst it does do the job it was designed for it does have its limitations.

There are a number of High cost Premium Plugins which you could use to reduce spam, but realistically they will give you no better results than you can get with the FREE Plugins I’ve listed below.

  1. Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin – Defeat automated spam-bots (even the new ‘learning’ bots with dynamically named hidden fields) by adding a client side generated check-box
  2. Simple Trackback Validation with Topsy Blocker – Performs a simple but very effective test on all incoming trackbacks in order to stop trackback spam.
  3. Comment Luv – Reward your readers by automatically placing a link to their last blog post at the end of their comment. Encourage a community and discover new posts.

 

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