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Turning SPAM Comments into Conversation Starters

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Lately I have been getting a ton of comments on my blog, and they seem like great comments, but sadly they are not—they are SPAM.  Here’s how to weed out the SPAM from legitimate comments and how to use them to your advantage.

An example of a SPAM comment goes something like this:  “This is really excellent weblog posting and really helpful i really appreciate the research you put into it.”  Seems nice enough right?  So, how do I tell it’s SPAM?

Here’s what to look for:

  1. As  you read the comment look for proper grammar, it doesn’t have to be perfect, but some mistakes are just not typical of English speaking persons.
  2. Check for a legitimate email address, many SPAM comments come from a account.
  3. Take a close look at the URL they included – it will often look like this:  http:// – people are typically hoping to get a back-link to their own blogs – this type of back linking is considered SPAM by Google.
  4. Do they have a real name?  Or do they use a company, or partial name with several numbers?  This is a huge red flag.

You can SPAM, or trash this comment, or if you are looking to gain more comments, you can edit and keep the comment.  Clean up the grammar and delete the URL they included, then you will have a nice comment on your blog, which is helpful in creating a conversation among your  readers. It’s kind of like the wall flower syndrome, sometimes people are afraid to be the fist person to dance.

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