Ew. Spam. This is a blogger’s worst nightmare. Your comments section gives you a convenient way to engage with your website’s readers. But this also means you are going to have to deal with spam and by that I mean a lot of it. 

So today we are going to talk about the who, what and why behind these spam comments. 

WHAT IS COMMENT SPAM?

That is what spam looks like.

I consider, comment spam if the comment doesn’t ask a relevant question, compliment my post and if it’s meaningless. 

WHY COMMENT SPAM?

It’s the backlink they are looking for.

The backlink is what spammers are aiming for. All they want is to place a link in your blog to their site. 

On many blogs including mine you are given the opportunity to leave a backlink to your website, including mine.

I don’t think there is a way to disable the link area in a comment but if I find out how I’ll keep you updated.

WHO COMMENTS SPAM?

1) Spambots.

These are automated comments usually using a script and a bot. There is usually no direct human involvement in these comments. So check your spam for some identical comments you are bound to find some. 

2) Manual Comments

This is obviously the people. They are hired to comment on various sites. The quality of these comments can vary but they will always include a backlink. 

3) Trackbacks and Pingbacks

Trackbacks and pingbacks are methods for alerting blogs that you have linked to them. … Trackbacks – must be created manually, and send an excerpt of the content. Pingbacks – are automated and don’t send any content.

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Although trackbacks and pingbacks allow you to communicate through blogs, they are most likely to be abused by bots which would again include a spammy backlink. Therefore, you should normally disable pingbacks and trackbacks, and only enable them if you are sure you want to use them.

IT AFFECTS YOUR BLOG!

Ok, so I think like to the end of October I deleted my Anti-Spam plugin. I just thought I didn’t need it.

Then at the beginning of November, I started getting a bunch of comments and boy was I happy. So without checking anything I just approved them and replied to them and all was good until I keep getting a lot of comments. I was happy and I was also kinda sus, so I went to my comment section and rechecked them and that’s when I found out.

All the comments had at least one inappropriate word and the link led to a malicious site, which was filled with all sorts of things a kid shouldn’t see. 

And I want my blog to be a place where it’s safe to click any link. So I immediately removed all the comments and reinstalled my Spam detector.

So if you are thing about deactivating that AntiSpam plugin, don’t do it. It would affect your blog seriously.

Here’s How it could affect your blog.

Loss of search engine ranking: Google targets bad links and if affect your ranking.

Risk to your readers: If your audience includes a good amount of children under the age of 18 then these links might become a potential risk. 

Speed: This also affects your site’s speed. A lot of comments can slow down your site a lot. 

HOW DO THEY KEEP IT COMING?

That’s easy. People would do anything for money. There’s a program called Gscraper. It’s really easy to use. You can send out spam to thousands of blogs in a matter of seconds. Here’s an example of a blog comment spam template.

HOW DO YOU STOP THIS?

There’s 3 ways on how you can stop spam comments. 

DISABLE COMMENTS ENTIRELY.

This is the simplest thing you can do. Just disable the comments. 

Pros

No spam at all which is really cool.

Cons

You won’t be able to build engagement and following.

USE A DIFFERENT COMMENT SYSTEM

Something like Disqus. They are external commenting systems so when you get a comment they would definitely have gone through a spam detector so you wouldn’t have to worry about spam. 

But hold up there are some cons.

People are less likely to comment on them because they don’t look good and I agree because the system would be all over your blog. 

And the company might shut down anytime and you’ll lose your data. 

 

USE AN ANTI SPAM PLUGIN

According to me, this is the best way to stop spam. Why because you’ll have total control over your data. 

Now finding the best Anti-Spam plugin might be a problem. So let’s check out some of my favourite ones. 

AKISMET

This plugin is installed by default in WordPress blogs , and is free to use for personal bloggers (with a commercial monthly subscription set at $8.33 per month (with an annual plan), and enterprise solutions available at just over $41 per month).

But legitimate comments too could get flagged spam by Akismet. But overall this works the best. 

Price: It’s a free plugin.

ANTI SPAM BEE

This is what I use in my blog. Overall I’m loving it. This plugin uses the ‘honey pot’ technique to trap bots invisibly. This blocks automated and targeted spam. 

Price: It’s all free.

TITAN ANTI SPAM

Titan uses invisible re-captcha, so those spambots have no way of spamming you any more. Although this plugin stops any spam comments there’s no protection for the other forms across your website. 

Using this plugin with another plugin is advised. However the pro version does a great job. 

Price: Free but includes a pro plan. 

 

to sum it all up

There’s no direct way to stop spam unless you disable comments altogether. But it can be done. So don’t let spam bring you down. Install a plugin and beat it.