Stop Spamming, SPAM Doesn’t Work Anymore

In the last month or so I have been fighting my own war against spam. Well, most bloggers have to deal with spam all the time, on some days I would get about 20 spam comments on other I get hundreds of spam comments. It is really annoying, in fact what is annoying is that I have to go through spam comments because sometimes real comments will be placed in SPAM section and I wouldn’t want real visitors to suffer because of that.

Stop SpamNow I thought I should write an appeal to the SPAM convention and plead to Matt Cutts to officially ban the SPAM. Heh… if that could be done they would have done it a long time ago. I guess when people wouldn’t make comment plugins and comment software we would deal with much less SPAM, but things are how they are. What I really don’t get is the people using them, is it really worth their while to send generic comments to thousands of blogs that won’t get approved and will get their IP blacklisted? Common, these are newbie mistakes!

I for one delete all generic comments like “great blog”, “cool article”, “keep up the good work”. If your comment doesn’t have anything to do with the article above it, I will delete it. The purpose of comments is clear, please add some value to the page and don’t comment just for the sake of commenting. I mean most of the bloggers have gone to KeywordLuv and enabled do follow comments to encourage comment value, so far it is working on a limited community of bloggers. I’m guessing it works on those who have KeywordLuv enabled on their blogs.

spam-commentsI know that a limited number of people will read this, but the ones that do read the full article will agree with me and I know who they are, these are the guys that contribute to their community, the ones that spread the value and show love, on top of my mind three names pop up that I found recently very active and supportive, Tia from BizChicksBlogs, Lawmac from Lawmacs Web Design blog and Mark from TheBitBot Blog. Everyone should be like these guys, creative, supportive and comment relevant!!!

So please, stop spamming, spam doesn’t work anymore, not like it used to a few years back. We are all tech geeks in the blogger world, those that aren’t know how to read, they know how to recognize real comment from spam, so stop buying those stupid comment software rip-offs and start contributing to the community.

Please support me on this guys!

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14 Response to Stop Spamming, SPAM Doesn’t Work Anymore

  1. Jou@Varietology on September 15, 2010

    I know. I’ve been there. Getting spam comments can be really irritating. I use Akismet plugin for blocking out spam comments. It has proven to be quite useful. So far as KeywordLuv is concerned, I think it’s a great tool for helping one’s readers out – giving back to them for the visit they give us. I’ll shortly implement it in my blog too.

    P.S: I actually got here through one of the sites that lists do-follow blogs.

  2. Zarko on September 15, 2010

    hi Jou, I use Akismet too, but like I said, I have to go through SPAM to see if there are real comments in there. As a matter of fact I found your comment in SPAM section nevertheless. Akismet is not perfect!

    KeywordLuv is great, it really does make the blogger want to give his best when writing a blog so he would motivate people to comment and also to make valuable comments on other blogs :)

  3. lawmacs on September 15, 2010

    Spam Spam i had 85 in one day Zarko the problem is that spammers are now getting paid to spam our blog askimet helps but because these are real people cutting and pasting they get through a while back i wrote a post tilted fighting spam with spam i am totally fed up with them but as bloggers we have to deal with them at one point i actually copied a spam comment and paste it back in the spammers blog it stopped. Thanks for the mentioned here.

  4. Zarko on September 15, 2010

    :) you copied a spam comment back, nice :)

    Well, I’m at the edge of my nerves, I’m getting one same comment 10 times a day and it goes something like “why did you remove my post…” I hate that guy :(

  5. fely on September 16, 2010

    the worst spam message is something that goes like this: “buy celebrex”..completely annoying i should say.

  6. Zarko on September 16, 2010

    I think I saw that one as well Fely :(

  7. Kevin@Red Stapler Chronicles on September 17, 2010

    It does amaze me that spammers think that I will approve their nonsense comments. I average 300 spam comments a day. I also hate it when someone gets mad that their “great post, I feel the same way” comment is not approved.

  8. Pavia Shelly@Mental Health Books on September 28, 2010

    There is a specific problem using Akismet. It sometimes automatically delete good comment also! Is there any alternative anti-spam plugin for wordpress? or, how to utilize Akismet better way?

  9. Zarko on September 28, 2010

    There are a bunch of plugins for wordpress that sort out SPAM, but all of them have the same basic problem as Akismet. They can’t be 100% perfect, so sometimes they will place a good comment in SPAM and sometimes they will place a SPAM comment in pending or approved comments.

    Some are even so dysfunctional that they don’t even allow normal comments to be approved at all, I have found several sites where I constantly get the message “your comments appears to be spamy” and I never include a hyperlink in my comments and I always comment in regards to the post, so for now I will stick with Akismet, it has about 95% accuracy.

  10. Mike Ramsey@Excessive Sweating on October 4, 2010

    @zarko: “What I really don’t get is the people using them, is it really worth their while to send generic comments to thousands of blogs that won’t get approved and will get their IP blacklisted? Common, these are newbie mistakes!”

    I thought this was true and common sense until I googled on of the generic spammy comments I was getting: I saw it on thousands of blogs, some moderated, some not moderated. Not so many blog owners realize these generic comments are just spam and they approved it. Go ahead, just google a few comments, with quotes :)
    You will be amazed

  11. Zarko on October 4, 2010

    Hi Mike, you make a good point there and I know that fact, but have you considered what they got from that? I mean they are simply playing the numbers game, if they post 100,000 comments at least 1 out of hundred will get approved (probably a lot more) so they get at least 1,000 backlinks on auto pilot. But do those backlinks worth anything?

    NO, two main reasons, and there are several more.

    Number one reason why SPAM comments such as these don’t work is the fact that Google and other search engines monitor mass link building and they penalize it, simple as that.

    Number two reason is the fact that they are getting links from all possible niches, so as some of them may be beneficial, other probably will do the exact opposite.

    So however you look at it, if you are playing the SPAM numbers game you won’t get far ahead. Of course there is a right way of using this type of software, but it is a simple fact that people who use this software don’t know how to use it the smart way!

    Either way you look at it, SPAM is wrong and it doesn’t get you much, so again, stop SPAMMING people and share some love by providing some useful thoughts, on that note, thank you Mike for commenting here :)

  12. Mike Ramsey@Excessive Sweating on October 4, 2010

    @zarko: you will be amazed to find out that these links actually work. I know many websites, in the niches I was/am interested in, that build links through spam with these kind of comments and they rank high for the targeted keywords. As you said, you would expect google to filter out these links but, for some reasons, they don’t. Dofollow or nofollows, these links are helping them ranking in google, and probably in yahoo and bing as well.
    Also, a link is a link, no matter how related or unrelated is. Google will count it. :)

  13. Zarko on October 6, 2010

    Mike, the fact that a website is ranking for a certain keyword can mean many things, well optimized, pages, low competition, good marketing, article marketing on a high scale, ppc, high traffic, age etc… It may have nothing to do with their link building methods!

    Also, Google does filter these links, you probably used Yahoo Site search to look at their backlinks, they don’t have a good SPAM filter like Google does, so check what backlink Google sees.

    And about a link is a link thing, yes, Google will count it, but not every link has the same weight, you should be aware of that. In fact, some link may even have negative effect like I already said.

    Trust me, I have been in this business for a long time, this is what I do, LONG TERM SPAM COMMENTS DON”T WORK. PERIOD :)

  14. Nick@Report Spam Email on June 12, 2011

    I tend to disagree, while spam comments/posts don’t work. Spam emails are more alive than ever. I see thousands of them submitted every month, with no end in site…

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