Recently, Teresa Boardman wrote an article about comments on blogs and she and I have spoken via email about various aspects of comments that are negative. We all want comments, some of us even have the glorious problem of having to weed through comments for the *quality* comments, but today I want to address spam comments. It’s not always a big deal, usually I just click “spam” and Akismet eats them.
I wanted to share with you today why you need Akismet spam catcher on your blog, here’s a perfect example… I wrote a super awesome article about meeting Jeff & Rocky Turner and this was one of the comments which relates nothing at all to what I wrote:
Well, besides truly enjoying the “art of the deal,” my passion is in working with new and experienced agents in developing their businesses. I Always think about the four “C’s”: Confidence, Commitment, Contacts, and Closing Skills. I’ve worked with agents who have all the four C’s, but it’s taken them a year or more to make money. Nothing, nothing, nothing, then, boom! It all kicks in and they do fine. That’s a beautiful thing to see and very rewarding.
Hundreds Like This
I broke the link so as not to give this idiot any traffic. But as silly as this seems, my small blog doesn’t even compare to such a big blog as this. Literally hundreds of unrelated comments are made here (and likely on your blog) that you have to read twice to see if they are even spam… they seem so harmless. It’s not harmless though when I write an article pleading for help for a friend and this same comment pops up. It also makes me look badly as a host if I miss comments like these, so it’s important for people to read every comment that comes through no matter how exhausting.
Dear Spammer, please don’t promote yourself when I’m asking for charity, giving an industry report, writing about technology or anything else, you’re already a jerk and now I have proof. Love, Lani
Get a Spam Catcher
Get Akismet Spam Catcher for your Word Press blog by clicking here, it’s a simple plugin. It won’t get rid of all spam but it sure will alleviate the stress of weeding spam out of your comment stream.