Why Spam Comments Are Dangerous and What is the Solution?

Maybe this also happens to all buddies, you read a blog article or video on the internet, then met with garbage and irrelevant comments. You might think, what is this anyway? What comes to mind, like it or not? Some webmasters and bloggers abuse the comment feature by exploring and embedding keywords and millions of links to improve their organic rankings. What are the facts?

In fact, spam comments are severe!
Spam comments can be interpreted as well as manifested in many forms and ways. If discussed it is not enough of this one page talk. However, when discussed in general, spam comments mean unexpected, unrelated comments, and are not intended to respond to or discuss a conversation within articles / blog posts. The goal is simply to leave the "trail", promote without proper means, and lastly, to leave spam links (for SEO, he says). Spam in general has almost the same goal, but through many media such as email, facebook message, status, apps, tweets (usually using the popular via @ profile), SMS, and more. The main goal is to reach customers profitably and there (the worst) to harm others (phishing, malware, viruses, scams, etc.).

So, in essence, everything in the form of messages sent unauthorized and or unexpectedly referred to as SPAM.

In WordPress WordPress blog, I can easily do anything because the settings / settings and the use of plugins is an easy matter. But on Blogger, it's very difficult. For example, when we categorize a comment as spam, then the next comment from the same source is not directly identified. I have to do over and over again until the Blogger spam filter system "realizes" it. Instead, non-spam comments are actually put in spam automatically!

However, it does not dampen my intention to combat spam on this blog. Spending hours every day deleting spam every day in my opinion is much better than "maintaining" spam comments. What is the reason? Spam comments not only make your site decrease in quality, but also the reader's trust.

I never get comments from buddy Blogger about spam comments are not deleted and questioned my carefulness and seriousness in administering the blog. As a reader, he feels uncomfortable having to look at spam comments where he should have learned the comments as he continues to read the article above. I also got a lot of emails from Buddy Bloggers who well conveyed a spam comment on my blog post page. This happens when I rarely update my blog because of the high volume of offline work. This also proves that the readers did not want spam comments.

As a personal experience, I also proved that spam comments are (sorry) "disgusting". As an internet surfer, I often travel to other blogs. When I finished reading, I used to scroll down to see the comments and see if there was an interesting follow-up discussion. Unfortunately, in some blog articles, I often encounter a lot of spam, and usually if it's already a lot, I discouraged to comment.

Instantly, I am increasingly unconvinced by the identity of the product and the site links that are carried in the spam comments. It may be that the product is innocent, but because of the number of "product names" that appear in various spam comments, my level of trust is declining. Apparently the spammers do not realize, that in that way, not only he whose reputation declined, but also the product he promoted, even though he was just a reseller or promoter. This is rarely discussed in the world of internet marketing, although a lot of case study done and the results so. Well, of course this also applies to those of you who carry the name of the blog.

(I hope you have not been bored, because we will get into the important part ... hehe)

If it is breakdown, at least, there are 3 major points of comment spam effect:

1. Comment spam damages reputation.
Imagine a visitor coming and reading your post page, as I did above. The visitor then looks at the spam comments below. He will think long to leave comments, because his comments "only" will be judged "small" among the spam comments. Belief in you also decreased due to blog management factors and authority. Similarly for spammers. People's belief in it also decreases. The more spam it creates, the more it goes down its reputation, because it's becoming known as a spammer. The danger, if it turns out the spammers carry other products or websites (eg as spam backlink services), products and websites that should not be at fault affected.

2. Spam comments degrade SEO rankings

You obviously know and see that Google is lowering the ranking of sites that direct links to low quality sites, as well as low-quality sites themselves.

"In an article published in 2009 past, Google talked about the facts of spam comments:
a. Misusing the comments feature on a site that should be innocent is a bad and risky way. If that is the case, then you have tarnished someone's hard work and degraded the quality of the web, turning a quality information source into a bunch of unreasonable keywords.

This relates to the content of comments that are completely irrelevant to the content of articles / posts. This means that the comment is not intended to discuss or respond to content, but merely to promote, leave traces, and other bad goals. Irrelevant comments make consistency and relevance of content in a page down. The more spam, the declining the relevance. The effect is clear to the rankings.

b. Spammers often use the commenting feature to build a site link (which doubts its quality) in order to improve rankings. Google has a grasp of web link graphics, and has an algorithm for detecting and handling spam links (now also supported Penguin). Spammers can spend hours and hours until a day to leave a trail of links in various blog articles. Actually this is futile, because the effect is very small or even none because Google is very keen not to give weight value on these links. Instead of spending such wasted time and energy, it is better to use it to create content products that benefit the internet community.

Noteworthy is on sites containing spam links. Although the site is innocent, it does not even know, but its visibility and ranking can drop dramatically because of those links. So if your website receives these links, and the numbers are mounting, your ranking or rank is threatened. Hundreds of links, though nofollow, will still be dangerous as this indicates the morbidity of a web page. Giving referrals to hundreds of external and irrelevant links is not a good thing and fair, both in the eyes of humans and search engines. Especially if you dofollow web comment, can you imagine yourself the effect ...

3. Spam comment hurts the Blogosphere world
In my opinion, a blogger is not only responsible for his own blog but also the entire blogosphere. If a blog allows spam comments and lets it happen, then it means he gives the spammers an understanding that they can do whatever they like on other blogs. If a blogger has a habit of spamming, then he gives a signal to the internet world that all bloggers are also doing the same thing, as well as giving a permissive negative example that spamming comments is a natural thing. It all started from one, then mushroomed into a fairness. This certainly really hurt the blogosphere where bloggers should be able to meet, discuss, share ideas, and socialize comfortably.

I can imagine how many blogs die every day is still routinely bombarded by spam. In fact there are many blogs that are dead because of spam!

Solutions Facing Spam Comments

As a personal policy, I am now moderating comments before they can be published as well as changing the commentator feature to avoid anonymity. Previously I did not do moderation, but because now many spammers also have a Google profile or Blogger, and spam is still mushrooming, then forced moderation is taken as a solution. This is very effective, I can filter, even answer important comments with much more orderly and good because all the comments read.

As a suggestion, here are some points you can do to avoid spam comments and their effects:
1. Do not allow anonymous comments. A person who really intends to comment is certainly not hiding.
2. Use a captcha or similar tool to avoid automated comments (robots). This is most common in CMS blogs like WordPress.
3. Use an antispam plugin or module (akismet, WP AntiSpam, whatever you think is effective) if you're using a CMS platform like WordPress.
4. Use rel = "nofollow" on the comment. On some blogs like WordPress, Blogger, Joomla, etc. this attribute already exists by default.
5. Enable comment moderation. This is the way that I think is most effective.
6. Remove immediately if spam comments are found.

How to Identify Spam Comments

Modes such as moderation will not be effective if you can not look at the comments in depth. It could be a spam comment will pass because it seems natural. Here are the obvious or vague features:
1. Comments contain links. Never tolerate a comment containing any good links. Because the comments contain the links already clearly have their own goals even though the commentator looks sincere.
2. The name of the commentator (anchor text) is too generic, or use general keywords. Usually dominated by the names of drugs, gambling, housing, etc. or generic keywords consisting of long words, such as keyword-keyword SEO contest. There is no purpose other than "worshiping Google".
3. The comment is quite short and as if praising, on it name commentator with keyword is not relevant at all. Usually like this, "Nice site!", "Nice blog", "Cool", "Thanks", etc. I find such comments too far-fetched.
4. Long comments but too general. Often encountered in English or translate from Indonesia and vice versa. As if praising, sometimes even criticizing. Example: "You are a luck for me to drop by! Keep up the good work! Only, your site is too slow, but it's okay, I'll come here often." This is a generic sentence, usually done by robots, or used by manual spammers many times in various comments (copy paste). Of course varies. There are automated backlink services that provide comment content templates, in PHP, JS, etc.
5. Often there are comments that insert links in relevant comments. Usually done manually. Example "Good blog tutorial, So to know how to create permalink." There is no purpose other than searching for relevance and directing backlinks to adore the "god of SEO".
6. Comment away from the topic without any hesitation. Example: "There is good news ABC online business that is proven to pay, do not miss this opportunity .. Just visit LINK!".
7. Comment and or name of commentator contains referral link affiliate. It is clear, there is no tolerance at all!

There are still many different case examples, but similar identification.

Comments can be a good source of information and a tool to discuss with visitors, readers, or fellow bloggers. Relevant and useful content such as these should not be filled with keywords and junk links. Therefore, as a discourse and suggestion, you should review the blog comment feature for the good of web / blog, visitor, web / blog, and internet world in general. Delivering and sharing comments in an ethical way is something beautiful ...

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