I was researching an article and ran into a blog that might have had the answer I needed, but I ran from it almost immediately. There were 74 comments on the post of which over 50 of them were comment spam.
A quick scroll down the list of penis enlargers, casinos, free views of big boobs, Viagra, Asian sex, porn, hair loss drugs, and other drugs, disgusted me.
I want to know:
Do you care enough to keep your blog comment spam free?
Do you? This blogger certainly didn’t. Stopping comment spam on your blog is so easy with Akismet for a variety of blogging programs, including WordPress, and Bad Behaviorand Spam Karma 2 WordPress Plugins. Why should your readers see even a single penis enlarger or casino ad on your blog? Huh?
I write a lot here about how your blog should speak well of you and your ability to communicate, so what does a comment spam covered blog say about you? Here’s a few of my judgment calls on spam covered blogs:
- No self respect
- Lack of self confidence
- Inability to research
- Inability to problem solve
- Lack of follow through
- Lack of commitment
- Doesn’t care about others
- Just doesn’t care
With these snap judgments on a comment spam filled blog post, do you think this is the type of resource that I would like to read or recommend? What do you think and assume about someone with a comment spam packed blog?
More importantly, in our constant battle to put an end to comment spam through creative and imaginative means, the evil spammers win with that blog. That blog is the reason they keep littering the web with their fecal matter. Because there are enough lazy, careless, lackadaisical blog owners who don’t care or give up under the onslaught instead of thinking more about their readers and the battle to fight comment spam than doing something about it.
To those bloggers, a kick in the head.
Keep proving you care about your readers and get rid of comment spam when it gets through your comment spam filters. Think about cleaning out comment spam like cleaning your blog house. You want to make a good impression when visitors come to call, don’t you?
If you don’t have any comment spam fighting tools installed, or think depending upon captchas or registration is going to protect you, think again. They get past those meager methods. You are only torturing your readers and commenters, not stopping comment spam from getting through. Get serious comment spam protection and open your comments to the world.
Put your readers first and kill all comment spam.
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