Why you should turn on comment moderation ASAP!
..because someone may be leaving spammy links in your old post comments area. As I was cruising around some very old posts I noticed some strange comments. They were long and rambling and mostly didn't make any sense whatever and then there was a link at the end of the comment.
I didn't follow the link. I deleted the comment. I felt violated.
Someone was using my site to promote something and we are not talking nice Mommy blogs either. These spam links can lead to some very unseemly and illegal sites. Where else on my blog (700 posts altogether) are there links like this? I feel the need to go through at least the last 3 years of post comments to see if there is any spam. That is one big job!!
All along I was falsely confident because I was "watching over" the comments day by day. But these spammers don't put their comments on the current posts. They put them on PAST posts so that you don't know they are there. They don't WANT you to find them. They want your unsuspecting visitors to find them. And go to their sites.
Now that I have turned on "comment moderation", here are some of the spammy comments in the comment moderation area of my blog dashboard that I've had to delete. They tend to be complimentary, senseless, and rambling. At the end, there is a link and that's where the problem lies...
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"I think you've got tons to brag concerning! and that i would not worry about being "overly boastful" as a result of you are tooting your own horn! i prefer to listen to the great stuff that folks do. It's far better than hearing the long list of crap and ailments they're experiencing over ... and over ... and once again. Hearing dangerous stuff all the time is simply not smart. cricket-ball on "
How to turn on Comment Moderation in Blogger:
From your dashboard go to:
Settings ...then click on
Posts and comments
Scroll down to Comment Moderation and you will have a choice of "always or sometimes or never".
Underneath it says, "email moderation requests to" - enter your email address.
Go up to the top of the page and click on "Save Settings".
You will now get emails that say, the name of your blog and "new comment on - the name of your blog post". You will have 3 choices in the email... Publish, Delete, or Mark as Spam". Choose "mark as spam".
For Wordpress users, there is Akismet which costs, I believe, $5. a month but which I hear is well worth the money. Their motto is "say goodbye to comment spam".
Underneath the "comment moderation" there is a place to select "word verification". I still say "no" to word verification because people (me, too) hate trying to read the letters and numbers. I've been noticing lately that they are all numbers which is infinitely easier. Fortunately, there aren't many bloggers that still use word verification and I don't see the point of it as long as the comments are moderated. I may be wrong, but it is one big fat pain to anyone who wants to leave a comment on your site.
Save yourself a heap of trouble and TURN ON COMMENT MODERATION EARLY ON IN YOUR BLOG so you don't have to do what I have to do... go through years of comments to see if anything was left on the comment areas while I didn't have comment moderation turned ON.
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