Or: Why I Shut Down Blog Comments
I have a spam problem. I really like my blog. When a client or colleague has a question, I typically turn that into a post. Then when someone else asks me the same question (this happens all the time), I can send them the link to the post. Nice. Efficient. Everyone’s happy.
When I get a real comment or question from a reader, I happily respond and do what I can to give a good answer and provide additional information. I get about 10-20 comments every day. The thing is, 99.8% of those comments are from bots or from people posting bogus comments (often hilariously poorly-worded) just so there will be a link on my blog to their site.
Months ago I did some research into this, trying to find a way to cut out this spam and still leave commenting open for “real” readers. I found two very helpful sources of information about this, both of which I highly recommend:
- The folks at SEOBook have a nice infographic explaining what this type of spam is — a good introduction to this issue.
- Blogger Derek Powazek has a very informative article about the blog-spamming issue and how it works.
Understanding what’s going on is great: I no longer scratch my head when someone posts a comment to my blog saying something like:
“What a wonderful blog sign. My reeding is enjoyed in here. Most will enjoy reeding. Thanks you! You are good fo blog reeding.”
But understanding a problem doesn’t make it go away.
I do not promote this blog other than using it as a shortcut way to answer client’s questions. Maybe I should, but I don’t. I don’t have ads here. I don’t monetize this in any way. In short: this blog does not contribute to my income. It’s not my job. In fact, I should focus instead on billable work for my clients!
I just can’t spend any more time throwing out the spam comments. (I know, I could just ignore them and let them accumulate in my WordPress dashboard, but that would be so untidy!). So I am closing it down. No more comments.
But I want to hear from you!
If anyone reading the articles on my blog have any comments or questions, I mean REAL comments or questions, not a sales pitch for an almost real-looking Rolex watch, then I want to hear from you! How do you reach me? You’ll see a little ad/link for my company Miller & Mattson on the right side of this and every page in my blog. Click that, go to the “About & Contact” page, and there’s a link to send me an email. I’m a hopelessly email-centric person tethered by my iPad, iPhone, or computer to a constant stream of emails. This is how I communicate. I’ll answer your email pretty fast. Really.
So goodbye comment spam. I won’t miss you. I’m shutting you down and reclaiming a weekly hour or two of my life back.
The moral of the story.
I’m afraid the only moral to this one is that letting spammers clog your blog with bogus comments only rewards their very bad behavior. Not only should you never allow that, you should also NEVER buy anything from these people. Their activities cost businesses millions of dollars every year in lost productivity. And every time you miss an important email because it was caught by your spam filter — you can blame this on the spammers who have made spam filters necessary in the first place.
- Receive email notifications of new posts:
Click a tag for related posts:agencies audiences Basecamp blog brand business call to action community computers customer support editing email estimates fonts freelance gadgets graphics iPad job hunting logos mac marketing messaging Outlook packaging planning PowerPoint PR presentations productivity product review professionalism project management projects recommendations resume reviews self publishing social media stock photography Technology tradeshows web design windows writing
- Improving Your Presentations
- 1-minute Photo Improvement
- Why Do You Blog?
- Batch Processing with Affinity Photo
- The Entrepreneur’s 10-Step Condensed Business Plan
- iPad: How Old is Too Old?
- Do I Have Enough to Quit My Day Job?
- Leave Localization to the Pros
- Make Your Calendars Play Nice Together
- Free Graphics Sources
- Mirrored Margins in MS Word
- A Tale of Three Headsets
- Time to Move On
- The Event Plan: a Tradeshow Primer
- GoToWebinar Basics
- Outlook for Mac: So Close!
- From Windows to Mac
- Evernote is Awesome
- Set Up a DocBook Toolchain
- Your Professional Resume
- Stock Photography Tips
- Tricking Your Customers is Disrespectful
- Deadline Management
- Manage To-dos With Basecamp
- The Brydge+ iPad Keyboard
- LinkedIn for Job Seekers
- Week Numbers in Outlook
- Hidden Impacts of Project Schedule Delays
- Getting Started in Self-publishing
- 13 Tips for Your Blog or Newsletter
- Do Religion and Marketing Mix?
- Consistent Color = Brand Power
- Outlook Automation with “Quick Steps”
- Comment Spam: I Give Up
- Good Design Housekeeping
- File Naming Sanity
- PowerPoint Graphics Tips
- Comment Karma
- Comparing Two iPad Keyboards: ZAGG and Logitech
- Outlook Rules 101
- Consolidated Outlook Inbox
- Five Steps to Plan a Website
- Choosing a Domain
- Outlook Productivity: Tagged Searching
- Considering a Switch from Windows to Mac?
- Tradeshow Giveaways & Promotional Gifts
- Why Rush Jobs Are Evil
- Online Printing: Customer Service is King
- Estimate Etiquette
- Getting Organized With Outlook PSTs
- WordPress vs. Weebly
- Comparing 5 Online PM Tools
- Choosing your Next Non-Mac Computer
- Is it Really a Blog?
- Your Laptop’s Video Connectors
- Know Your Graphics – or Look Like You Do
- Add a Keyboard to Your iPad
- Letterhead in an Email World
- Use Simple URLs
- Keep in Touch with Your Customers With Email
- Rolling Up the Feedback
- Keep Agency Project Costs Down
- Merchandising and Your Brand
- Your Email Address and Your Brand
- B2B Social Media: Are you overlooking StumbleUpon?
- Email Marketing vs. Spam
- The Long-copy Sales Page in 5 Steps
- You Need a Writing Style Guide
- Why Reference Cards?
- Lose the Hyphen!
- The Minimalist Marketing Plan
- Your Business Name and Domain
- Trade Downloads For User Data
- Monitor Social Media For Product Feedback
- Take Every Branding Opportunity
- Messaging 101
- Creative Use of Your Customer Service Stories
- Don’t Stop With a Call To Action
- Creating a Text-based Logo
- The Reluctant Social Media Networker
- Save Money With an Effective RFQ
- User Communities and Exclusivity
- Recommendations and Your Reputation
- The iPad As Business Tool