What Happened to My Comment? It’s in The Spam Folder!

spamAre Spam Comments driving you crazy!  Or, are you thinking, Why Don’t I See My Comment On Your Blog?  Where Did My Comment Go? Hey, why don’t you publish my Comments?

All these are questions that all have the same answer – your Comment was not published because it was….SPAM!! Yes, SPAM! Aaaah!  Why do people waste their time with this rubbish?   Well, there could be several reasons.  Mostly these Spam Comments are just an excuse to try to get a link into the blog’s site.  It seems that some people think we blog owners are idiots, and will not realise that mindless, no-content, generic Comments are Spam – misguided attempts to try get more visitors back to their own website through their included link – but that will NEVER work.

Are these spammers slow learners, or what?   You would think that after making hundreds of no-content spam Comments that never get published online, they would realise that this ‘tactic’ does not work – and will never work.

Another reason might be that these so called ‘Comments’ are being generated automatically by spamming software.  But, if the blog owner has some sort of Spam protections such as

Akismet (you can get it free HERE) plus a Captcha Comment software gate that Commenters must get through before Commenting, then those that do get through those first line of defenses, must be humans (I use the term loosely Smile ).
Which makes me wonder why these spammers think that their attempt to get their website link approved and published online in their Comment might actually work.

The only reason I can think of is that they don’t realise that their Comments are actually spam.

So….. I will try again to explain what makes a Comment a Spam Comment, and then explain what is a Brilliant Comment which will definitely appear online – with your bright shiny link back to your website – and the blog owner will love you….hopefully.

10 Examples of Spam Comments That Will Never Ever Get Published Online

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These 10 so called Comments are skimmed straight off the top of my ‘Comments Waiting for Approval’ folder that arrived at My Second Million while I was writing this post – you couldn’t make this stuff up if you tried!  Hello!!!  They are all SPAM!!

Surprisingly, all these Comments have got through Akismet’s spam filter, and the Commenter must also have gone to the trouble of completing the Captcha step when Commenting, and yet…. and yet…. why do they bother!!

Can you see why all of these Comments are Spam?

Answer: All of these Comments could apply to any website anywhere.  It’s true that none of these particular Commenters were blatant enough to include in their Comment, “Please feel free to visit my blog at…….com etc”… as if... BUT they all have the link back to their blogs or websites hyperlinked into their name.

That is normal, and also why they do it, because if I were silly enough to Approve their Comment so it appears online, their link back to their website would also be published, linked in/through their name. That is what they want, and what they will never get with comments like those above.

Making Comments like those above are a total waste of everyone’s time – TOTAL WASTE OF TIME!

How to Spot a Spam Comment!

Spam Comments Are Comments That Could Apply To Any Website Anywhere

You will notice that all the above Spam Comment examples could be copy/pasted, word for word, into any website on the Internet – that is what gives them away… and why they will never get published, ever, anywhere online.

Of course that is what these misguided Spammers do – they type up some non-specific ‘Comment’ that could apply to any website, anywhere, and then try to bombard hundreds of sites anywhere on the net, with their feeble, misguided attempts to get their link published online so visitors come back to their own site.

Please, people….stop doing it – it won’t work,

and it will never work.

So, that is how to identify a Spam Comment, BUT how do people who want to spend time attracting visitors back to their own site by Commenting on other people’s websites, write Comments that WILL get published online?   That’s easy, it’s not difficult, it really isn’t, but you have to work a bit harder to make it work.

See:  How To Write Brilliant Comments & Increase Site Traffic

It’s all there.  It’s not difficult.  Posting Comments that DO get published online is a good and legitimate way to build up your traffic numbers, especially when your blog or website is new.

Posting Brilliant Comments also gets your ‘name’ out there in the minds of other bloggers, and builds your online reputation as a serious blogger.

So, go out there friends, post brilliant comments, dazzle the world, and watch the traffic come rolling in!

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What Happened to My Comment? It’s in The Spam Folder! — 12 Comments

  1. I understand that measures must be taken to prevent the spam, but what about those that “fall through the cracks” but are true posts?

    • Hi Jamie, My Comment Captcha step for all comments prevents spam bots (automated software bots) from spam bombing my Comments Section, so those non humans never even get to make a Comment anyway.

      If my Akismet app decides a Comment that got past my Captcha step (and is therefore made by a human), is Spam, it automatically puts it in my WordPress Spam folder. There are hundreds of them every day. I don’t need to check the contents of my Spam folder because I have only very rarely found a legitimate comment there that Akismet decided was spam when it was not.

      However, I can still check my Spam folder if I want to or need to. I do check it every now and again to check that Akismet is being accurate in it’s spam decision making software. It is much more likely that Akismet has let through spam comments that it did not put in my spam folder, but should have i.e. Akismet mistakes. Those are collected in my general Comments folder, along with the non spam comments.

      In fact the spam examples I posted in the post above where the first ten comments, skimmed straight off the top of my general Comments folder, and all of them were spam that Akismet had missed.

      I have chosen to set up WordPress and Akismet so I have to review all Comments before approving them. This means I have to manually approve all Comments before I allow them to appear publicly online in my viewable Comments.

      So, to deal with Comments, I go to my WordPress dashboard Comments section, which has sub-folders with the choice of either Approve, Spam and Trash. I then scan quickly down the collected Comments waiting for approval and send the spam ones to either Spam or Trash with one click of my mouse.

      This can be done quickly because it is not difficult to spot the spam! Just check those examples I quoted in the post above and you will see how hopeless most spammers are at writing their spam comments.

      If I see a comment that I judge is not spam (most of them are), I make the choice of either approving it without commenting on it myself. Or answering it, as I have done with yours!

      See? Tedious, yes, but easy as….!

      Website owners always have the option of having no Comments at all on their blog. It’s tempting sometimes, but Google values having good Comments on a blog. Therefore bloggers make that choice between convenience for the blog owner vs engaging with readers which maintains a loyal readership, builds a quality blog… and impresses Google!

      • Very impressive Carol, and thank you for responding! That actually sheds alot of light, and its understandable if people would prefer not to allow comments (just to not bother dealing with it), but it does do your blog an injustice.

        • Hi again, Jamie. The ones that really amaze me are the ones that say, “Great blog! Feel free to visit my blog” and they bung in their link, right in the body of their comment. Really? As if! ….it makes you wonder sometimes what they have between their ears!

          There’s another sort that blatantly says, “Please check out my blog (their link) and tell me how I can improve it”. Are they kidding? Apparently not! Then sometimes I get a proper comment… like yours!! Thanks.

  2. What a timely post, thanks for sharing.

    But seriously that comment protection is like breaking into fort Knox 😉

    Most SPAM is either automated or comes in a can. I suspect you are talking about the former as the later is palatable.

    Unfortunately as long as some SPAM gets through they’ll keep doing it. And now its cheap enough to get real humans pressing the ‘are you human’ button.

    I’m not sure there will ever be a solution except turning comments off. But feedback is useful.

    Just delete the SPAM if it gets through.

    Personally I’d like authorities getting involved because we have to keep to the SPAM act, so why don’t they.

    • True Hammo, Akismet blocks many spam comments but I still have to delete the spam that gets through. No system is perfect, but anti-spam software apps help. However a conscientious blogger has to be the final filter if you want to keep your site ‘clean’.

  3. Tell me about it, I get around 450 spam comments per day on my blog. Is there like an international blog spammers database or something! Thank god for the spam filters….I wonder if this will get spam filtered?

    • Ha! Very funny! No it will not be filtered out. Why? Because your comment showed you had actually read the article (not just ‘Nice post’). A rare surprise these days.

  4. I use askimet plugin for my WordPress site to get rid of spam comments and it works well for me. But i also want to thank you for this wonderful post.
    Thanks for sharing.

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