Blog Comment Spam (have a comment policy)

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I enjoy receiving comments, but I dislike people whose main intention is to spam my blog.

A spammer is someone who leaves a comment, sometimes the comment has nothing to do with the article and filled with compliments.

There are times when the spammer does not use a proper name, but you can tell when someone is pulling your leg.  Whenever any of the above happens your comment gets deleted.

There is one person who comments on this blog regularly who does not use a proper name, but I let him slide because he is legit.

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My comment policy is very simple.  I do not accept comments from people whose name is not a proper name.  And I do not have discussions with Laxatives to Lose Weight, Pakistani Girls, Food Guide, Food Delivery to Ft. Lauderdale, Resume Help, Vitamix Australia, Ergonomic Chairs, etc.

Comment Policy

1.  Complete the comment form.

2.  Use a name and your keywords.  You can use your keywords if you like.

example:  Tootie@healthyliving

3.  Make your comment relevant to the post.

The comment policy is very simple.

Tip: Have a comment policy and stick with it.

Question: Do you have a comment policy?  How do you handle spam?  Please share!

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32 Comments Blog Comment Spam (have a comment policy)

  1. SuzyL

    It seems that all I get is spam comments on my blog. I have 1 real comment and all the rest have been spam and broken english comments that don’t even pertain to my blog. Usually it is something like “I have interested in this information”. I guess that is a bot comment since it is used so many times. Anyway, yes, I like backlinks and do allow those comments on my blog just as long as they pertain to the blog, truly show interest and make sense lol.
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    1. Evelyn Parham

      Hi SuzyL,

      I tend to allow comments if it relates to the post and if the person’s name is not Zanex or Toasters. If the comment is like what you have shared I usually don’t consider that as spam.

      Thanks for sharing!

  2. Tia

    Hi Evelyn!

    You know that I have a comment policy and go to anti-spam extremes, lol. Some still slips through and I have to deal with it then. I like you do not like comments without proper names. I suppose I let more than just a few slip through, but, who knows when I will decide enough is enough. They are taking their chances.

    Human spam (Gera wrote about it recently) is on the rise. It makes me agree more and more with Libby Fisher that most commenting w/links is a form of spam (she wrote a much more eloquent thought-provoking post than I can summarize here). Even I wonder sometimes, would I comment without leaving a link?

    Yes. In fact, I just did!

    Cheers,
    Tia

    1. Evelyn Parham

      Hey Tia,

      Thanks for sharing the Libby’s post, I’ll have to check it out. I never thought of it like that, I’ll this too.

      Yes, you did! :)

      Take care,

      Evelyn

  3. Lyermine

    Blogs are make for those people who are worth to read it.It is really important that rules are set to know the bloggers are one of the many spammers out there. Just comment relatively to the topic and follow the guidelines of the blog.

  4. Gera

    Hi Evelyn,

    Having only keywords in the name is annoying. I try to be flexible and if I find a correct comment with a trusty site I might approve it anyway.

    I need to do my own comment policy post, those spammers are endless.

    Btw banning an IP address not always works, because in many cases the IP change for every comment ;)
    My own IP changes every 12 hours because my internet supplier gives it in a dynamical way.

    Cheers,

    Gera
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    1. Evelyn Parham

      Hey Gera,

      I didn’t know that the IP addresses could change like that. Thanks for sharing that tidbit of information.

      I did ban an IP address and haven’t had any problems since doing so.

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Take care,

      Evelyn

  5. fred

    I think we’ve reached a tipping point with blogspam at this point. There are entire blogs where the blog -itself- is actually spam in disguise, and the comments range from spam-bots to people trying to backlink. It’s a weird phenomenon that has gotten out of control.
    However, I don’t think there’s any problem indicating which company you work for or represent…

    Freddy K
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    1. Evelyn Parham

      Hi Fred,

      Thanks for chiming in!

      I don’t have a problem with a person putting the name of the company in the keywords. But I do have a problem when a person uses only the company name. Those type of comments can be really good, but I usually delete them. :(

      Take care,

      Evelyn

  6. Sibyl

    Evelyn: I agree spam can get way annoying. For some reason (perhaps I should knock on wood), I don’t get all that much. I do think that it is tough though because you don’t want to over manage Spam to the point that you are discouraging or making it challenging for people to leave comments. I have basically prioritized getting comments and making real connections with people over Spam … what that means is that I have a pretty open site that doesn’t require you do too much in order to leave a comment. I definitely have to clean out my spam from time to time, but for the most part, it is not bad.
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    1. Evelyn Parham

      Hey Sibyl,

      That’s cool that you don’t get spam all much.

      It is always great make it easy for others to leave comments and to leave things open. I only moderate comments on the very first comment a person leaves, after that they are good to go.

      Thanks for sharing! ;)

      Take care,

      Evelyn

  7. Susana

    Hi Evelyn,

    I totally agree with you. Spam is just digital garbage and I delete it immediately. No mercy.

    The effort and care that we put on content is for real people, with real intentions and opinions.

    keep smiling,

    Susana*
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  8. steve

    It is really important that rules are set to know the bloggers are one of the many spammers out there. Just comment relatively to the topic and follow the guidelines of the blog. Blogs are make for those people who are worth to read it.
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  9. joshua

    The problem of blog commenting spam is not being faced by just one person. Every blogger is facing it in one form or the other. Having a comment policy is not going to help much in stopping spam, rather it will help in keeping the good guys away from problems.
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    1. Evelyn Parham

      Hi Joshua,

      You’re right!

      A comment policy doesn’t stop spam, but it does give the blog owner the choice to delete the comment or let it stay.

      Thanks for chiming in.

      Take care,

      Evelyn

    1. Evelyn Parham

      Hey Zengir,

      I haven’t forgot you. I’ve been saving for the camera that I really want. Just thought I’d share that with you. :)

      Good to see you here!

      Using a few spam filters really help, but it is the real people who get through whose comments are not legit.

      Enjoy your day!

      Evelyn

  10. Christian

    I’ve been using a few plugins to battle spam, and then I’m relentless on the approval end. I have to approve all comments; unless it’s by an author who has been approved in the past. That’s when the comment will slide through without me needing to approve something.

    I think it’s important to care for your comments; because people notice when you’ve got a bunch of spam comments riding all over the place. It looks messy and unpolished.

    Occasionally I’ll look through my spam comments and just do a quick scan to be sure nobody is getting caught in Akismet. Sometimes legit comments get stuck that way too.
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    1. Evelyn Parham

      Hey Christian,

      I do the same thing. I sometimes get comments that slide through and then I have to delete those comments.

      Absolutely, it really does look messy and unpolished, plus it can affect your rankings too.

      Thanks for sharing and chiming in!

      Enjoy your day!

      Evelyn

  11. Devesh

    Evelyn,

    Recently i added a comment policy on Technshare and i think it plays a great on keywordluv enabled blogs.

    Thanks for writing this great post.

    Btw. How’s life treating you these days, evelyn?

    Have a great weekend.
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    1. Evelyn Parham

      Hi Devesh,

      Yeah, I find it does work well with keywordluv enabled blogs.

      Good to see you and I hope all is going well.

      Things are going fine.

      Enjoy the rest of your weekend and don’t work to hard. ;)

      Take care,

      Evelyn

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