Comments marked as SPAM
I have a few questions about spammed comments I need help with.
1. Is there any way for WordPress to scan comments in the primary queue or spam queue for web links inserted in the area where the senders name and/or email address? I notice this where most of the links are. If WordPress can’t strip them out can WordPress at least make them inactive?
2. If the actually comments contain links, the message should marked as SPAM. We the blog owners have the administrator rights to edit out the links completely.
3. I have done the above. I have edited out the links on the side. And in the comment field where the body of text is. And APPROVED the comments. Because of this I now have a nice yellow banner type box on my comments page.
I’m just looking for ways to get legit comments posted to my blog. It might be the service the posters are using or WordPress’ own portal that might be inserting these links I do not know. But if WordPress can help us blog owners to streamline this, I see no reason why it can’t find a way to do the things mentioned above.
The blog I need help with is thewritersquotes.com.
Will you please post an active link starting with http:// to the blog in question so we can examine it?
All the comments I looked at that you have approved are spam comments. Were these not in your Spam Queue to begin with? They should have been.
All the comments I looked at that you have approved are spam comments.
@taliesin2: As teamoyeniyi and timethief noted, all the comments you have approved are spam. As almost always with spam comments, they have no connection with the actual content of a particular post or page – they are generic comments (such as “great blog”, “I’m impressed with your writing skills”, etc. etc.) designed to seem ok under practically any post or page. Many of the usernames are also telling: “expert seo service”, “tattoo removal”, “Advertising Agency”, “Symptoms Of Low Vitamin D”, “office furniture”, “erotic romance novels online” etc. You really think that usernames like these could be real bloggers so interested in your About page? By removing the username links you have made those comments almost harmless, but they don’t cease to be a disgrace to your blog.
As for your questions:
1) No, WP’s ant-spam system (Akismet) doesn’t remove the username links. It does scan them, and that’s one of the ways that spam ends up where it belongs. If you wish to blacklist a certain name, URL, email, word or whatever, you can do so in Settings > Discussion.
2) Since you say “we the blog owners have the administrator rights to edit out the links”, I guess you mean that comments with links in their content shouldn’t be marked as spam. That’s up to you again: Settings > Discussion includes the option “Hold a comment in the queue if it contains [N] or more links; you can change N to what you think is a reasonable number.
Also note that Akismet is excellent (but by approving spam comments you’re not helping it become even better). Akismet is very rarely wrong; as an example:
number of comments caught as spam in my blog so far: more than 30.000;
number of comments incorrectly caught: about five.
By removing the username links you have made those comments almost harmless, but they don’t cease to be a disgrace to your blog.
panaghiotisadam is absolutely right. To be very blunt anyone with a basic knowledge of blogging will laugh at you for having these comments on your site.
I see that many of your comments don’t have the link removed. I think that this will actively lower your rating in search engines, because they will think you are a spam site.
Don’t forget that by default once you approve a comment from someone they can post more without approval. If you remove the links once then they will just be able to repost the comment with the links in.
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Sorry – that is totally no class, link or not – if you are that desperate for a comment and the approval of comments, then you are in the wrong business –
PS – I have seen that the ratio of comments to page views is something like 1 comment out of 700+ pave views – my experience is that number is a bit low.
There’s no question about approving and posting spam comments and the negative affect they have on your blog. This is the major drawback when it comes to changing your self hosted WordPress.org blog to “do-follow” comments. Matt Cutts in his Google Webmaster’s video confirms that posting comment spam can damage your blog’s reputation.
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