Thursday, November 01, 2012

Dealing with Spam Comments

I get a fair number of comments that are simply spam, people getting links back to their sites.  SEO companies flooding the internet with links to their clients.  I'm not sure how much good it even does since Google and others take this into account.  And most of these get caught by bloggers spam filter, so they never get posted.  Some slip through. 

I think the last time I posted about this it was the dentist office spam where I actually contacted his office.  Since then, every now and then I copy and paste some spam to think about how I decide what is acceptable and what isn't.

Blatant spam.  Comments have nothing to do with the post.    Just getting their links up on my blog.  Examples (I've gotten rid of their links and left the ones to the posts they commented on):

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Although they all try to flatter the blogger, they are completely generic and make no comment that couldn't be applied to any blog.  The English is better than earlier ones, though some interesting English still slips in now and then.

Do mention something related in your post.

Matching word:  Some go to posts that have words or topics relevant to their client, like this one:
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Got it?  Glass was in the title of my post.  The next one takes the title and incorporates it into the comment:

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Anchorage Crime Map":

I usually do not write a bunch of comments, however i did a few searching and wound up here "Anchorage Crime Map". And I do have a couple of questions for you if you tend not to mind. Could it be simply me or does it look as if like some of the responses look like they are left by brain dead visitors?
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Engages, barely, the topic:

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I left the Finland comment up.  But not the next one.

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This was a recent comment on an old post on Alaska Bloggers. The comment has nothing to do with the post.  The only connection is "Alaska." But it does purport to tell the salary of Ultrasound technicians in Anchorage. I could leave it.  But the delete decision was sealed when it abbreviated Alaska as AL. Sorry, we aren't Alabama.

Each comment gets emailed to me.  That way I know about comments on old posts like the last one.  They also show up on the Overview page for the blog.  There they are divided into published and spam.  Sometimes good posts get caught up in the spam filter.  Most of the spam does get caught.

They do take time to remove and I get two or more every day.  It's one of the reasons I leave the sign-in process for comments.  At least the spam has to be put up by a real person who has to sign in and get past the captcha.  But I've had comments from real readers who had trouble posting comments because of all that.  I did read in a forum that some bloggers have opened their comments  and that the Blogger spam filter catches most of their spam.  I've been thinking about experimenting to see what happens if I cut out the security for comments.  We'll see.  Now I have enough to keep me busy.

I'm at LAX now and if all goes well, we'll make it to our Chinese class in Anchorage at 6 tonight. In addition to the vocabulary and dialogues to know, I have to write an email in Chinese.  So I've got things to keep me busy on the flights. 

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