What can I do to avoid spam comment on my site? How to block comment or restrict spam comment on your site? This one of the common problem encounters by webmasters. Recently I noticed a substantial increase of spam comments on my site. Comments as you know are a great way to build community and readership. Comments can be a good source of information and knowledge and an efficient way of engaging a site’s users in discussions. One blog post with multiple user comments can reflect the what other think about the idea discussed in the post. You will get more insight and alternate ideas also. Unfortunately spam comments ruins all those goodness of comment system. Comments are always abused by people and used as a shortcut to promote their website ,blogs or web pages. Link building strategies most of the time targets the comment section of popular blogs and sites.
Many website promotion agents who offers free backlinks use scripts or other software to generate and post spam. A comment spam normally looks like an advertisement or a random link to an unrelated site.These are the unwanted commercial comments on your blog.
How to block User-generated spam?
There are many tools and tricks to stop comment spamming. Here we will discuss about those simple strategies.
1. Turn on comment moderation
This is the most effective way to control what you want to appear on your blogs comment section. Even if you use software and CAPTCHA tools, that will not gives you 100% control on your blog comments. If you turn on comment moderation you can manually verify each comment before approving it.
2. Use anti-spam tools
There are ati-spam stools available as free as well as paid services.The most common way to block a comment spam is by using CAPTCHA text. CAPTACH text normally can be typed only by a human. This will prevent automated spam comments from scripts or other software.
- Google provides a free CAPTCHA service known as reCAPTCHA. This is easy to implement also. See it Here.
- If you use WordPress as your blogging platform, then you will get Akismet free for personal use spam protection plugin and API key.
- Otherwise if you are a programmer, you can write a simple captcha system like adding two random integers or something similar.
3. Disallow hyperlinks and anonymous users in comments
If you disallow hyperlinks in the comments, spam users will get discouraged and they will stop adding comment which is aimed at promoting their blogs.
Another way to discourage spammers is by disallowing anonymous users to post comments. Force them to add personal details like email or website address to be entered along with comments.
4. Create a “Member system”
If you have a large blog or website with thousands of pages,then you should consider setting up a registration process and a member systems. This will force people to get registered as a member of your blog community before adding their comment.
If implemented the spam protection system properly ,you can concentrate more about the content of your blog rather than worrying about hundreds of spam comments that surfaces each minute.
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