Blogs are now an extremely popular and important part of the

internet. Millions of people blog every day. As blogs have

evolved over the years, so has the commenting system. Now anyone

can make comments on a particular blog posting. As blog

commenting has grown more popular, so has spam commenting. In

this newsletter, we’ll go over why comments are a great form of

feedback for your blog, how they help the credibility of your

content, what spam comments are and how to prevent them from

happening.

Comments A great form of feedback

When blogs first came around, they were simply online journals.

No one could post comments on a blog posting. That all changed

in 1998 with OpenDiary, a site which allowed people to comment

on blog postings. Now every blog, whether it is remotely or

self-hosted, includes this option to comment.

Commenting is great because it allows real people to tell you

what they think about your form. It gives you feedback on what

you are doing right and what you may need to improve. Comments

can be encouraging to you and motivate you to post more quality

blog messages. Or they can be constructive criticism to make you

work harder to get better at writing content.

Whatever the style of comment is, it is still very useful to

your blog. High numbers of comments have the ability to make a

blog look credible because they show that the blog is being read

by a lot of people. That’s something that every blog owner

wants, and comments help to let them know just how many people

enjoy their content.

Bad comments

Unfortunately, spammers have now started to use comments as a

way to spam. How do you know what a spam comment is, Well, a

spam comment is a comment that only advertises another site or

product. If the comment seems bland/generic with a cheap link

thrown in, then it’s definitely a spam comment.

Here is an example of a typical spam comment:

“Hey, this site is really cool. Check out my really cool site at

spamsite.com.”

Of course not all spam comments will be this blatant, but you

get the point.

Fortunately for bloggers, as spam comments have grown, so has

the ways to prevent it. Here are a couple ways that you can

prevent spam comments from even being posted on your blog.

#1: Close off commenting on older blog posts

There are options for you to stop comments from being posted on

any particular blog post. Lots of times, spammers will post

comments in weeks or months old posts. So take away this

opportunity from them to keep it from happening. Most blog

hosters now offer this as a standard option in the tool panel.

If one of your posts has been up for a couple weeks, close it

up.

#2: Take advantage of software offered to prevent comment spam

If you host your own blog using WordPress, you can use an option

in that software to prevent spam. Even if you aren’t using

WordPress, you can still use other Spam comment blocking

software like Spam Karma, Akismet, and Bad Behavior. While these

aren’t 100% effective, they have proven to be quite effective in

preventing spam from happening.

#3: Take a look at your settings and see what can be tweaked to

toughen your protection

Lots of blogs now have settings to help prevent spam. If you

already have a spam blocker on in your blog and are still

experiencing spam, take a closer look at the settings to see if

there’s anything that can be tweaked to make your protection

stronger. However, if you do this, you should closely monitor

your posts to make sure legit comments aren’t being blocked out.

If they are, you might have to lighten up a bit.

#4: Regularly read your blog comments

Be sure to keep an eye on your comments. Even the best software

or setting can’t prevent everything, so you will have to

occasionally manually remove comments on your own.

By applying the above principles, you can ensure that your blog

is full of only good, quality comments, which will help your

credibility tremendously.

To your success,

[YOUR NAME HERE]

P.S. Comments are a great form of communication between yourself

and your readers. They help the credibility of your blog!

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