Getting Blog Visitors to Post Real Comments
Where are the Comments? How do I get more comments?
Looking around my blog you will notice an absence of any comments or replies. It’s not that my posts don’t get any comments, they do. It’s that they do not receive any REAL, spam-free comments.
Those of you with WordPress blogs should be all-too-aware of blog/comment spam,
which is a form of “spamdexing“. This is when a spammer or spam bot creates a fake blog comment that contains their website address. This is all for the sole purpose of promoting their website. Most times they have not even read the post that they are commenting on because bots cannot read.
Some of the WordPress spam bots are programmed to search and seek out WordPress blogs and then automatically create user accounts. They will then create spam replies to the posts on the blog. Search engines will crawl the blog and index the comment and the link along with it. That is, if the post has made it past the owners moderation queue.
There are currently 13 posts on the blog. Across the 13 posts I have received a total of 71 comments. Of the 71 comments, 70 of them were spam and only one was a legitimate reply. It figures that this one “legitimate” comment was a crazy rant that I still can’t seem to figure out. It had nothing to do with the subject it was replying, so it too went the way of the 70 other comments.
Before all of the spamming, I used to get excited about the email that notifies me that new comments are in the blog’s moderation queue. Over time though, my excitement turned to irritation. Each visit to the queue turned up more and more spam. Contacting the spammer seems to do nothing but create even more spam. It’s as if they’re saying, “Oh yeah… I’ll show you some spam.”
Since I can’t stop the spam, maybe I can teach them how to fool me! For those spammers who are actually here reading this post and not a spam bot, here’s a few tips on tricking me into posting your junk:
How to Trick the Blogger by Sending “SmartSpam”
Comments Should be Relevant to Content… Uh, Duh
One of my posts is about the crisis in Syria, it contains a graphic video on the violence on the ground. Each of the spam comments to this post had absolutely nothing to do with Syria or the crisis there. I found it rather repulsive to post a comment about where to buy wedding dresses and another about Rolex watches. I’m sure that particular post put all the readers in the buying mood for fancy watches and wedding dresses.
In another post that was “gay” related, again the spam bot created a reply about wedding dresses. Just because we’re gay doesn’t mean we’re gonna wear a wedding dress if they ever approve gay marriage. My point is, the post wasn’t even about marriage or dresses.
I realize since these posts are automated, its difficult to stay on topic. But maybe you can create a bot that comments relevantly based on categories or tags. Or… heaven forbid… you manually visit the site and then read and reply the human way?
Your Email Address Should Blend In
Don’t use an email address that looks like a spammers. Spammers use free email services. They will create random addresses that don’t spell anything like email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or they might use two random words and a number like CloningerSee7594@googlemail.com. I am guessing they have created a bot to create the email address, the second example being a more advanced bot. Instead, try creating a bot that creates an email address that contains a fairly common surname, maybe a few initials and add a number if the system is running out of email addresses. Example: email@example.com. To my eyes, this email would not raise suspicions.
Be Honest and Realistic
Compliments will get you nowhere. Don’t gush about how great I am. Saying things like, “What a fabulous blog”, “I love your writing”, “I can’t wait to read your next post” all raise my suspicion. If my writing were that great and the blog so fabulous, I’m sure I’d get something better than 71 un-postable comments.
Websites and Linking
I see you know how to create hyperlinks in your post, you must be really smart. Actually, you must be really dumb because linking flags you as a spammer. Your typical person is not going to touch anything requiring HTML coding. And that’s if they even remember how to create a link manually. “Wait a minute, was it <href= ?“, only spammers and other bloggers are going to take the time to make links.
If you’re providing your website address, which you all seem to do, make sure you’re listing a common (non-scary) domain like a .net or .com. Avoid using domains with bad reputations like .co.cc, .tk, .cc, .cn, .info, .cm, .ru, .vn, .am or something like a .pl. One look at one of those domains and I delete!
Beware of Online Translators
Something is just not right about the English in your post. My hunch is that some of the spammers are from China or Russia. They’re probably using Google Translate to write the spam posts. The solution here is to translate shorter sentences or run your post by someone who actually speaks English before you try to post it.
Don’t Make Empty Promises
I think they’re trying to bribe me! The following is an actual comment. In it, the writer (after gushing a bit) suggests they will purchase hosting services with the company I am with so that I will receive a commission on the transaction. Note the odd sentence structure too:
“Excellent weblog right here! Also your website loads up very fast! What web host are you the usage of? Can I am getting your associate link for your host? I want my website loaded up as quickly as yours.”
Now, let’s give this a try! To comment, please click the “Leave a Comment” link below.