You can Beat Comment Spam with some tools of the blogger trade. Comment spam is unfortunately, an annoying problem that most bloggers have to contend with on a daily basis. What these spammers get out of leaving their comment spam everywhere is a mystery to me. I seriously doubt that many if any of their spammy links ever see any value from the search engines, however persistent they might be at trying to leave it everywhere. Bloggers happily hit delete and away it goes. Gone until tomorrow, until the dumb spammer once again pays your blog a visit, to leave you some more of his dumb comment spam messages. You can Beat Comment Spam.
Bloggers Beat Comment Spam with Askimet and Disqus
Bloggers fight back by using plug-ins to beat comment spam, such as Askimet, a plugin which intercepts, the comment spam, before you even have to open or see it. (They keep track of certain words, you know the ones) and are able to filter out and beat comment spam for you. You also have an area where you can add site names, that repeatedly leave you comment spam, or words that the comment spammers use. Askimet will then filter and beat comment spam words and their websites, from your recommendation, and not allow the comment to go through for your moderation. Another weapon to beat comment spam is making them accountable for their comment spam by having them use their own social media account to log-in to your comment box. Disqus, one of the free tools, that makes this approach, possible for you, in your war to beat comment spammers.
A free plugin to beat comment spam
Disqus is a free comment plugin, available for all blogging platforms. The wonderful creators of Disqus, have developed a commenting platform, which prompts the leaver of any comment, to have to login to Disqus, in order to leave a comment on your blog. Before you decide, that’s no good, no one will be bothered to leave a comment after having to do all that work. Think again, Disqus, easily takes the hassle out of that problem by allowing commenter’s to login using any of their social media accounts. If they are already logged in, which in most cases people are, they simply have to choose, which social media account they’ll use to leave the comment.
I first started looking toward using a comment platform for my blog after getting sick and tired of dealing with all the spam comments that I got each day. Sure I could of made all my posts comments rel=nofollow, but that I feel is unfair for my real commenters, and for having the comments made, to my blog, indexed by the search engines. There had to be a better way. And here it is: DISQUS.COM. And did I mention it’s free. “Yay”
How to install Disqus
First up go to the disqus.com site to register for an account for your blog. You can also register for an account, to have a disqus account for commenting on blogs, if you don’t want to do so by using your Facebook or Twitter account.
1. If you are using WordPress 2.7 or above, select Add New under Plugins in the left panel of your admin. Search for “Disqus Comment System” and find the plugin provided by “Disqus”. Select Install.
2.If you’ve downloaded the plugin, unpack the contents into your plugins directory. After activating the plugin, navigate to Comments
3. Login (your username is ………..) with your Disqus account and proceed with the onscreen install instructions. It will also tell you here your website short-name is:…………… you set that up when you set up your acct.
4. Locate the Export option and select it to export your comments from WordPress web hosting account and send them to Disqus. This will take some time to complete. When this is complete, your comments posted on Disqus will be synced back to your local database.
Note from Disqus after setting up says:
Not too difficult, but use the advice from disqus.com, just in-case. Any major changes to your site should always be preceded by a back-up.
- After this process, all future comments will automatically sync Disqus and WordPress.
- Note: As a safety precaution, we recommend that you backup your database before importing or exporting comments.
I personally, am registered with Disqus, this means that when I want to comment on a blog that uses the Disqus Comment Platform, all of my previous comments, to any blog that uses Disqus, is remembered and there in front of me. It’s great for keeping up with your conversations. I am not currently using it for my comments, but I have in the past and can highly recommend it.
Blog Challenge Day 14
Today for our Blogging While Angels Sleep, 90 posts in 90 days, Blog Challenge. The task for today, is to register with the Disqus Comment Platform. As a blog writer it’s important for you to have as many records of your blog comments as possible, as this helps you remember where you actually have recently been and left a comment. If you are unhappy with the WordPress web hosting comment platform, I suggest that you consider using Disqus. There is another platform called comment luv, which you may well of heard of before, and which we will be writing a post on soon. Comment luv, I haven’t tried before, however, I intend to install it, after I post about it, sometime, next week. For now register with Disqus, and if you feel happy to give it a try for your comment spam. Upload it now, and give it a try. You can always uninstall it later, if you feel another platform would be more suitable for you.
How do you deal with comment spam at your site? Which tools do you use to beat comment spam. I’d love to know. Please leave a comment below.
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