Blog Comments That No One Talks About

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I love blog comments, and I hate spam.

I think a lot of us feel that same way, it’s the blogger’s biggest love/hate relationship I can think of.
Thanks for blog comments we can engage with other people, we help others and we can know who’s reading and what they think about what we wrote. I always try to comment on every single post I read, but sometimes I don’t really have anything to add to the conversation, but I will still comment showing approval of what was said and sometimes thanking the author for a great post.
Because of spam comments, we need to take time or install plugins to try and weed them out and keep our blogs clean, this can sometimes be very time consuming, but we do it because we want the advantages that blog commenting brings to our blogs.

What makes a blog comment a genuine comment or a spam comment?

There are comments that you just know are spam, like when there is no Gravatar, a name that isn’t a name but a keyword and the link that goes with it. The comment is usually something vague that can apply to any website, something that looks like this:
Spam Blog Comment
That comment is an easy decision to hit the spam button (assuming you aren’t using an automated plugin).
You also have great comments, one were the person has a Gravatar picture of themselves, a real name, and a quality comment. It will look something like this:
Good Blog Comment
It wasn’t hard for me to accept that comment, and even reply to it and now that’s to this comment, Brankica gets a contextual link to her website Online Income Star.
I’m sure you’ve seen plenty of both of these types of comments, hopefully more of the second kind. However, there are some comments that contain a little bit of both. Sometimes it’s hard to know if it really is a spam message.

Here are some of the more common “hybrid” comments I get and what I do.

Weak Comment with a Real Name

The first type is a comment along the lines of “nice post, thanks for the share” but there’s a real name (or at least seems real) and a gravatar. Depending on my mood and how many comments I have pending I may just hit delete on these types of blog comments, but other times I’ll approve it but remove the link from the name of the person who left the comment. If there is no Gravatar then I’m much more likely to hit delete on these types of comments.

Decent Comment with a Keyword Name

This second type of blog comment is a comment that actually relates to the post and shows the user read something or at  least skimmed it, but instead of putting a real name entered some keywords they wanted as an anchor text for their link. If I can deduce their name from their email, website or something in their comment I’ll replace the keyword with their real name. Again only if the comment is worth something, and if they have a Gravatar it will help too. This goes the same for users that will put their real name followed by @Keyword, I’ll remove that part.

Good Comment with a Spam Website

I always check the website the user is trying to link too with their comment, if it’s anything spammy or something I don’t like (i.e. Porn, Illegal, Racist), I’ll remove it and accept the comment without the link. Some people will put links to specific blog posts, that doesn’t bother me at all, while it does bother certain people, not sure why though as long as the name and comment are real.
I know I’m taking more time to work through them than I should, but it’s only when I have the time, other times unless the comment has all the right stuff it won’t get approved and will just get marked as spam or deleted.
The most common reason for comments is for the backlink, and I accept that, heck I do that, but at least read the article, and leave an insightful comment with a real name.

What do you consider to be a spam comment and how do you handle them?

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