To spam or not to spam?
Hey, I get a lot of comments that are automatically marked spam, but seem harmless like these two below: stop spam comments
“Thanks for this wonderful information. I have heard (or read) this same information before, but your explanation was still like a light bulb going off. Every writer should read this blog.” how to use akismet
“Now I can understand better what this blog is about”
I’m guessing they are just trying to create links back to a website of their own for their own benefit, right? If I approve these won’t it help with SEO for my site, or no?
My thoughts on the subject?
1) Yes, these are spam messages. keyword seo
2) If you approve them, it won’t help with your SEO*, but it can make it look like your site is getting traffic, which encourages others to participate (the point of a blog). But it won’t fool seasoned bloggers, so it’s a judgment call. keyword seo
3) Be aware that you can edit your comments before you approve them, so take advantage of this fact. There’s no shame in editing these anonymous comments to look a little more legitimate. But only do this until you’re getting a steady flow of real visitors and real comments. Caveat: If you approve these types of comments, REMOVE ALL LINKS IN THE HYPERLINK AND MESSAGE FIELDS.
Another question was: stop spam comments
Why do some spam comments look real and others look like spam?
Some spammers are really good mimickers. But you can usually recognize them by the generic nature of their town, and the linkbacks are often to products, not a “real-person” type website. spam blog comments
So, why don’t ALL the spammers take this more subtle approach? Spam is like throwing a pot of spaghetti against a wall and seeing what sticks. Spammers have no respect or regard for others, so they don’t care if they throw their spaghetti on you! Some bloggers don’t have any regulation on their comments, so the less subtle spammers are hoping to get posted on some of those blogs. If you are monitoring your comments (as you should), then you’re less likely to fall victim to these guys.
Finally, be sure you’re using Akismet. Using Akismet helps you filter the spam, and save you loads of time. Do keep an eye on Akismet, as a few legitimate comments may slip through now and then and be mistakenly filtered.
* – SEO has become a grossly misunderstood concept. I’ve encountered countless people chasing after the ‘Golden SEO Egg’ thinking it guarantees them loads of traffic and free money. To help dispel this myth, we’re constructing a series of SEO articles. Stay tuned!