How to Spot Comment Spam
If you have a popular website, you will start to notice that you will get spam every once in an awhile. The most common form of spam are comments from a website because they are the easiest form of information submission. To rank higher in Google, a long time ago, linking to many websites was a major ranking factor. Now Google does not consider this a major ranking factor, but there are still bots out there that try to link to websites using the software. So how do you know if a comment is spam? Below we show you how.
People posting with no names
People posting with “viagra”, “earn more money” or other words that surely does not sound like a name is obviously spam. A person who is weary about giving their information out will probably just leave their first name, instead of random words.
Same IP address
If you see multiple comments from the same IP address, it is most likely spam. What is happening is that one computer is sending out all those spam comments to different websites trying to link to them. This form of SEO is called blackhat SEO.
Nonsense email addresses
There are emails that have plenty of words jumbled up. firstname.lastname@example.org is an example. In the case you see below, we consider this as comment spam.
Our world has come very diverse. Having misspellings is not always the case of comment spam, but it is still considered. There are some words that are most commonly misspelled by people. If you see words that are uncommonly misspelled, then that would be a sure clue that it is spam. Considering the amount of misspelled words should be taken into account also.
More often than not, there are comments that are unrelated to what the article or blog post is about. If this is the case, the chances of the comment being spam are high.
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All of the remedies to spot comment spam we are about to mention is free. The first two are not SEO-friendly, although they do help in getting rid of comment spam once and for all.
With 4.8 stars as of writing this article, Akismet is a freemium plugin that takes care of comment spam. There is an option to automatically delete or blacklist spam. This plugin is perfect for those who do not want to see or deal with the types of comments as some of them are disturbing to read.
Install a social media commenting system plugin
This can be in the form of Facebook or Google plus commenting system. Only people with a Google or Facebook account will be able to comment.
The only downside to this is that it does not help with SEO.
Here is an all-in-one plugin that lets your users decide what social media profile they’d like to comment with.
Disqus does not help with SEO either. Disqus is a software that is embedded in the comments section using a plugin. Because this is embeddable, any comments being submitted will only be sent to Disqus. Human eyes can see the comment, but Google’s robots don’t. Google’s robots will only see embeddable text. Another downfall of this system is the need to register before submitting a comment. The registration process requires the user to check his or her email address which may take a few minutes. Unless the user submitting a comment already has a Disqus account, it would annoy and demotivate other users from commenting.
Install Google ReCaptcha
Brought to you by Google, this captcha software is free if you have a Google account. This captcha will require users to select pictures based on what the captcha generates. If it thinks that you are a bot, it might ask you multiple times. Google ReCaptcha also has a plugin available in the plugin depository.
Comment spam is annoying at takes time from us since we’re required to clean and optimize our website. Websites are not ‘set and forget’ beings. If you have too many comment spam, you could consider enrolling in our WordPress website care plan. We’ll take care of comment spam for you as maintenance and any other updates that are needed. You can keep a peace of mind knowing that your website will not be get penalized from Google due to comment spam. Websites that are not kept clean and optimized have a higher chance of catching spam and getting a hit from google, which then deindexes the website from the SERPs (Search Engine Results Page).
Did you find this article helpful? Have you used any of the plugins mentioned above? Or do you have another remedy you can share? Do you have experience getting banned from Google because of comment spam?