Do you have a blog? Do you accept blog comments? Are you tired of blog spam?
Let me start off by confessing as an Internet marketer, I’ve got some of those fancy tools that can find blogs willing to accept comments and post comments by the hundreds, but I choose not to.
I think most blog owners that allow comments on their posts want to let posters get a link back to their website or affiliate offer if the post was relevant to the conversation. Unfortunately, (based on comment rates from my network of blogs) I’d have to say that 95% of blog comments are blog or comment spam.
Here are a couple of examples of comment spam on SearchEnginePro.net – As you’ll notice, the blog article title is to the right. You can see based on the content of the comment that it is not even closely relevant to the original post.
As you can see, neither of these comments had anything to do with the article or post. On SearchEnginePro.net, I check each comment manually and even though I use some great tools for automation, I still post most of my own comments manually for relevance.
When commenter’s post comments that are not relevant to my article, I mark their comment as spam so they are unable to comment again using the same email address.
Here are a few questions for discussion:
- Do you use blog commenting software to automate blog posts? Why or why not?
- Do you manually post comments to blogs? Why or why not?
- If you’ve used both methods, which method has brought you the most consistent results?
I was in a back-link forum prior to writing this article and the main complaint from members was the lack of lasting relevant back-links from a service we are all using.
In my case, I was trying to get some good back-links for an automotive review site. Unfortunately, none of the back-links I received in my report were relevant and neither were the comments made on my behalf utilizing a third party service in India.
One tool I use is a plug-in for WordPress call Akismet, which is a fairly good blog spam detection tool.
There must be some value in placing hundreds if not thousands of crappy back-links on OPB (other peoples’ blogs) or the practice of comment spam would not be an issue today. One would think it would be easy enough with the tools available today to find relevant blogs to post comments to. The prize of course is a keyword link back to your site.
One of my most successfully threads has to do with Craigslist authentication. I currently have 85 comments all being relevant to the conversation. Many folks who added value to the conversation were rewarded with an approved comment and a back-link to their site.
How has blog comment spam affected your blog or business? Share your thoughts and comments below.