By Terez Howard
Spamtastic is not good.
How can you determine if youâre receiving an actual comment to your work or plain old spam?
Here is one basic rule of thumb: Approve a comment if it contributes to your discussion. If it doesnât say anything meaningful, trash it.
Some spamtastic comments that donât belong in your blog
The empty compliment. Perhaps youâve seen the commenter who says this: âSweet post.â Iâve gotten that one dozens of times. Thereâs nothing wrong with a compliment. We all love to get them. But it does not contribute to your blogâs discussion. It doesnât say anything at all.
Here are a couple comments from my blog that I sent to the spam folder (I did no editing to these comments):
âI found your blog on Yahoo , this is a good blog , i will come back.â People like to say they bookmarked your blog and will return for more. Check out what website they link to, and you might find that exact same comment over and over again waiting for approval, linking to the same blog. Thatâs what I discovered.
âKeep posting stuff like this i really like it, Good job My friendâ This direct quote was from sunglass. I donât know who sunglass is, but I oftentimes (not always) will not approve authors who do not provide a name. Sunglass, Pc tv and replica handbags have not as of yet provided anything that contributes to my blog. Yet, they keep continuing to post their spam.
Unrelated nothingness. I cannot stand the person who goes off on a topic that has nothing to do with my blog. Perhaps such comments would be of value on another blog, and perhaps not. Iâm not really sure. I know one thing: They do not fit my blog.
Let me share some of this nonsense:
âIf you are willing to buy real estate, you will have to receive personal loans (There was a link on the keyword personal loans). Furthermore, my mother commonly utilizes a financial loan, which is really useful.â
âKyle Shelley of All in Education has given me very substandard service. I am amazingley angry in the data that he has provided.â
String of html text. Lately, this has been the most popular form of spamtastic comments on my blog. I will get seven or eight of these in a row every other day. They say absolutely nothing. Their obvious sole purpose is to provide the webmaster with endless links back to their site.
English, people! Besides English, I have gotten comments in Spanish. I can only tell because I know un poco from my four years of high school Spanish. I also get comments in what appears to be German. Isnât it obvious that these comments donât contribute to my English-speaking audience? I would post some examples of these, but I have no idea what they say.
Be fantastic, not spamtastic
Donât approve every comment that comes your way, just so it looks like your posts are getting tons of conversation. Itâs not conversation if there is no real communication.
Make your blog a high quality one by encouraging discussion with your readers. When those comments appear, savor the real contributions and donât hesitate to trash the garbage.
What kinds of spamtastic comments do you avoid?
Terez Howard operates TheWriteBloggers, a professional blogging service which builds clientsâ authority status and net visibility. She regularly blogs at Freelance Writing Mamas . You’ll find her on Twitter @thewriteblogger
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