I’m going to have a rant today!
This morning is gloomy Britain it’s snowing and cold and I think the cold has put me in a bad mood. I arrived at my office in one piece only to find that this blog has had more than 700 comments over the weekend. It’s taken me more than an hour to go through them all and sort out the spam from the genuine comments. Genuine comments = 43!
Now I do have akismet installed which is very good at catching the majority of spam. It’s the rise in spam comments that is concerning me, it’s been going up this year day after day at quite an alarming rate. The part that has really put my back up is the fact that lots of these comments were not what I would call ‘bad spam’ the links to adult sites, pills etc. They were comments left by other bloggers like this …..
“I don’t agree so I’ll do more research”
I’m all for people commenting, I actively encourage it and certainly don’t want anyone to stop posting on my blog I’m venting and want to make it clear that all posts that arrive on this blog are ALL read by me before they go live. After today I’m going to give some thought to a post John Chow made about stopping blog spam with this plugin.
For those of you who are just starting out online (and even those who have been around a bit) it’s considered spam at worst and unhelpful at best when posts like these are made. They add nothing to the original post for other readers so therefore don’t help.
I for one actively encourage people to post on my blog and in an attempt to take it a step further (rewarding commenter) I have the comment love plugin and will also remove the ‘nofollow’ link for people who take the time to add value to the post.
My rant is over and just as I am finishing this post I DO actually feel much better, sharing clearly does work 🙂
Please do not misunderstand this post, I do not want to put anyone off posting here, far from it. Anyone reading this who has posted on my blog – your comments wouldn’t have been published if I felt that they were spam – so keep posting. I am strict on the comments that I let through and even regular readers that comment all the time have had comments deleted when I have felt that it didn’t fit the post.
Think before you next post a comment on anyone’s blog – offer your opinion, advice or thoughts, just make sure that it fits with the original post.
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