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When People Try Their Best To Spam Bloggers

When People Try Their Best To Spam Bloggers

Unscrupulous people have been leaving me spam on a daily basis (Thankfully, Akismet has prevented 99.45% of the spam from making its way in my blog’s commenting section).

Spammers have been annoying bloggers since the inception of blogging and judging by the behaviour of spammers, they will keep spamming bloggers once blogs are in existence.

However, it would be nice if spammers chose to bypass my blog.

Why Do People Try To Spam Bloggers?

A spammer’s main intention is to leave links in their comments, that when clicked on, will lead you or your readers to their website.

They are using the commenting section of our blogs as an inexpensive form of advertising.

Sorry, no one is allowed to use my commenting section to promote their products!

Google Hates Spam

If Google were to encounter spam in your blog’s commenting section while its bots were crawling your blog, you will be penalized (The punishment that you would undergo would take the form of ranking your blog low on Google’s Search Engine Results Pages).

Therefore, if spam were to bypass Akismet and appear in your comments section, you should click on the Spam option; it would remove the unwanted spam and send it to the spam section; thus letting Akismet know that it is a spam comment.

Even though you do not publish content on your blog daily, it would be in your best interest to make sure that spam does not infiltrate your blog’s commenting section (That, my friend, can be done on a regular basis).

One Of The Best Ways Of Protecting Your Blog From Spam Is To Manually Approve Your Comments

Yes, it is true that manually approving your comments is one of the best methods of keeping your blog free of spam.

One should always remember that Akismet is not 100% foolproof; the occasional spam comment will bypass Akismet’s well-trained algorithm.

Any blogger who is serious about preventing spam from making its way into their comments section should read, WordPress Comment Moderation: A Beginner’s Guide.

One Very Effective Way Of Preventing Spam From Making Its Way On Your Blog Is To Disable Comments

The truth is that there is no way on God’s green Earth that spam can make its way to your blog if you have disabled comments.

Personally, I think that disabling comments is way too extreme.

Why?

Because I love interacting with my fellow bloggers via the comments section of my blog.

In my case, I have set comments to be automatically approved (That method has the potential to let bad actors do unwanted things in my blog’s commenting section).

I often keep my fingers crossed with the hopes of commenters being on their best behaviour and Akismet trapping any spam that spammers may want to send my way.

Some Bloggers Wrote About The Types Of Spam That They Received

Despite spam being highly annoying, some bloggers will take the humorous approach β€” one that jokes about the types of spam that they receive; which ranges from:

  • Viagra
  • Oils
  • Supplements
  • Spiritual protection

The type of spam is usually based on whatever product that the spammers are trying to promote (And, some bloggers use those things as ideas for their humorous blog posts).

The Bottom Line

Spam is no joke (And, that is why WordPress utilizes anti-spam plugins like Akismet).

As a responsible blogger, the onus is on you to protect your blog and the visitors of your blog from spam comments.

In regards to combating spam, you have the additional options of manually approving comments or disabling comments.

And never forget that Google hates spam (If Google discovers spam on your blog, your blog’s ranking will drop).

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34 thoughts on “When People Try Their Best To Spam Bloggers

  1. Akismet does a great job stopping these twirps. I also battle the spam followers, some sites are so obvious and deleted right away. Businesses are also not allowed to follow my blog, it’s a daily job to look at the User’s page and give them the boot.

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    1. πŸ™‚ It is nice to know that Akismet does a great job at preventing spam from appearing on your blog.

      I try not to be too hard on businesses. I have a friend who blogs on WordPress.org; she has a business-related blog and occasionally comments on my blog. We have known each other way before I started this WordPress blog.

      As always, thank you for your valuable input.

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      1. Thanks, Renard. i don’t have any association with any of these businesses and consider them to be freeloaders by following my site and hoping to get some business from people that follow me.

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  2. Great information. I am blessed with interaction with fellow bloggers. I was getting a lot of spam but close comments after 30 days. I also added many to the block list which reduced my spam about 90%. I cannot remember how I did it to add the few that still get through to the Spam folder.

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  3. I had my first spam comment waiting for me this month, which soon got labelled spam.
    What really gets me is why these spammers even try it with bloggers who moderate comments. Surely they know a majority of the time, it’s not going to be approved? They are wasting their time.

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  4. Yep, shutting them down early is the key. πŸ™‚ I’ve had my blogs to manually approve all first comments, and then just monitor future traffic visually. Spam is a one strike and you’re out rule for me though. Instant block list. πŸ˜€

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  5. I changed the settings so that only people with a WP account can leave a comment. It keeps 90% of the spam away. This also means that Aunt Brenda can’t leave comments anymore because she doesn’t have a WP account, but I rather have less spam. It’s easier for someone to leave spam if they only need an email to leave a comment. Disable β€œemail only” and that should solve most of your problems.

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  6. I get a lot spam on Moonwashed Musings so I am changing the settings to comments must be manually approved. Those that leave links in my comment section are deleted. My other blog doesn’t seem to attract spam yet but it’s fairly new and has fewer followers.

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    1. 😐 I am sorry to learn that “Moonwashed Musings” gets a lot of spam. Manually approving comments will help to prevent comments with links from appearing in your comments thread.

      The other blog (which is fairly new) receives less spam because the follower count is low.

      Spammers love to target blogs with a higher follower count because there is a much greater chance of someone clicking a link on a spam comment.

      On a positive note, Akismet does a wonderful job of combating spam.

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  7. I’ve also seen some people posting weird comments on almost every other blogger’s comment section. Recently even I’ve started receiving some weird comments that literally makes no sense. I can’t understand what do they get by doing so??

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  8. It’s a shame Akismet doesn’t catch all spam and places some genuine comments into spam, but I wouldn’t be without it.

    I see too many bloggers panic about spam. Some close-off comments after a few days, which, in my mind, is like slamming the door in the faces of genuine readers who cannot read posts as soon as they are published.

    I also moderate all comments first, regardless of whether somebody has left a friendly comment before. I’ve had a few friendly commentors suddenly turn on other bloggers in the comments section of some of my posts. Never again!

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    1. πŸ™‚ Personally, I think that Akismet does a wonderful job of catching spam. However, it can be a bit aggressive; thus treating genuine comments as spam. I have noticed that the false positives are low.

      Hugh, what I find very interesting is that Akismet has been putting the comment of people saying, “Thank you,” in the spam area (Which is crazy).

      I am one of the bloggers who close off their comments after a certain number of days and that is because spammers were targeting my older blog posts (I know how you feel about that, but that is my decision β€” one that I have no intention of apologizing for).

      In your case, you manually approve comments; therefore, you have your house in order.

      There are also legitimate reasons for closing comments. For example, I have featured many guest bloggers in the past; some of which no longer blog and one of them died back in 2022.

      One of the rules that I have stipulated for all guest bloggers is that they respond to the comments made by readers in the comments section of their guest posts (If they are no longer a part of the WordPress community [or worst-case scenario, dead] they will not respond to comments).

      Thank you for chiming in on the discussion.

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      1. And I wasn’t looking for an apology, Renrad. That’s your decision to close comments off. It’s good to hear the arguments from both sides, though, don’t you think?

        As for guest bloggers, I agree with you. I once deleted a whole post because the guest blogger would not reply to comments, even though he promised to do so.

        As for posts that attract lots of spam, I either delete the post (if it’s out of date, getting no hits and no longer relevant), or reschedule the post, so it gets a new URL address. Resheduling it means none of the comments are lost, and a new URL address hopefully fools the spammers.

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