Comment spam is truly a very big problem for bloggers. We all like to write on our blog and would like to see genuine comments for the articles that we write because that is the only way of getting a good feedback of what you actually do. If you are new here and not very familiar with the term Comment Spam, here is a small introduction to what it actually is. We usually install a plug-in to get comments from viewers that can be an add-one, something that we missed out or maybe a simple appreciation for that article. Since they are putting in their comments, we also allow them to share a link to their website or blog. The problem arises when people start using your comment column to promote their links or give irrelevant comments so that they can just have more clicks on their links. This is called as Comment Spam.
Say No To Auto Publish
The main reason spammers try to get through with your comment page is because they assume that you have set the publishing to auto-publish mode or systematic publish mode, either way the comments get published automatically before checking for spam. Auto publish or systematic publish is a big NO if you are looking to have a clean site without any spam. It is better to check the comments before they are being published. In that way, you can be sure that only genuine comments are visible in your site. General comments like, ‘I like this article’ and ‘this information is very useful’ could easily be spam. To check the genuineness of the comments, look out for comments that are linked to the content that is being commented upon.
Check The Email IDs
The email ids that are given in the comments column can give you an indication that is could be spam. Check for email addresses that have the same website but a different affiliate name. These could be spam and it is better to avoid posting the comments given from such IDs.
There are a lot of plugins’ that are available in the market that will help you in making sure that your site is not used by spammers. WordPress Captcha is one such which is used by many to make sure that there is no comment spam. This can be of great help in reducing the automated content spam. Simple trackback validation is also a plugin that can help in tracking back and validating the real ones from fake ones. Bad behavior is also a good choice to make sure that spammers do not misuse your site. This can also be used in liaison with other spam blocking plug-ins to give an effective remedy to comment spam.
There is a catch in using plug-ins for your website. Free WordPress sites cannot have the comment spam plugins. Only a self hosted WordPress site can have these plug-ins’ that are very effective and can ensure that there is nil comment spam.