At present, the comment area has become a great section for the communication between webmasters and readers. Blog visitors leverage this place to express their thoughts and opinions of the checked contents, while site owners reply their loyal commentators to show their appreciations. However, with this great trending, more and more bad guys start to utilize this special area for some spamming activities, such as leaving the advertising information and asking for backlinks.
In this case, the practice of comment moderation is essential. In the following, we have listed the top 10 tips about how to moderate comments on WordPress effectively to fight against the comment spam, publishing the valuable and meaningful words only.
Tip 1 – Check the Name of Your Commentators
To begin with, you should check who publishes this comment. If the name is for a real human being such as “Lucy”, “Peter”, “Susan” and many more, it is fine. However, if the comment is published by a fake name such as “Great Mortgage Rate”, “Cheap Shoes Store” and “Book for More”, you might be dealing with an advertising man or a spammer who want to game your blog posts.
As for this kind of comments, there is no need to check the detailed words, but simply Spam or Trash them.
Tip 2 – Check the Email Address
Email address is an important thing that your commentators need to offer before submitting their comments. By providing it, they can be informed of whether their comments have been approved and whether there is someone giving them a reply easily.
Therefore, if the name cannot tell you whether this is a spam commentator or not, the email address may give you some hints. For instance, if the address is just like firstname.lastname@example.org, this comment is suspicious to be the spam.
Tip 3 – Figure Out the Website
In addition to the name, main content and the email address, some webmasters also require an optional offering of website URL for commenting on their blog posts. If you also have this option, you can moderate the URL field to figure out whether the commentator is a spammer or not.
Here, you’d better not to open the site for checking, in case the injection of virus. You just need to check the domain to see whether it is a weird one and whether it is something like www.best-cloth-buying.com.
Tip 4 – Get Rid of Some Generic Comments
It is possible that your real readers, even loyal readers will leave some generic comments for your articles, such as “nice post”, “great article”, “it works”, “thanks for sharing” and many more. We cannot deny that these generic comments are good for the boosting of comment count. However, they simply do not add any value for your posts.
Besides, some webmasters simply cancel the comment moderation if you already have some comments to be approved. Then, spammers may leverage the generic comments to bypass the moderation and filter system.
In this case, you surely can approve some of these simple comments that are submitted by your loyal visitors, but never flood your comment section with these short and meaningless words.
Tip 5 – Pay Attention to the Links Added into the Comments
In fact, the link can be regarded as a sensitive component, for hackers and advertisers always spam your comments with the help of links. Some webmasters simply choose to Trash all the comments that have links. But personally, we recommend you to treat this kind of comments based on the following two situations.
Remove or Mark the Comments as Spam Directly
If the link is added into the comment just like the following screenshot, you surely can delete it without any hesitation. Or, if the link is obviously for advertising, you also can trash it.
Approve the Comments with Links
If the topic of your blog post is controversial or your readers may hold different opinions as yours, some commentators may provide some source links as the evidence of their thoughts, such as Wikipedia and WordPress.org. For this links, you’d better remain instead of deleting them.
Tip 6 – Make the Links in Your Comments the Nofollow Ones
In fact, there are two main reasons for spammers to add links into the comments. The first one is to encourage people to make a click. And the other one is to spam your posts for backlinks. In this way, no matter when the search engines check your webpages, the searching spiders can crawl their pages as well through the links in your comment, which is great for the effective page indexing.
Therefore, you must make all the comment links the nofollow ones, so that searching robots will be informed that these links are not worth crawling. Looking for more information about the nofollow attribute? You can check this Codex page for WordPress.
Tip 7 – Pay Attention to the Content of Your Comments
If the comments are talking about your post contents, they obviously add some values to your site. Even if the commentators showcase a contrary thought as yours. However, if your comments are out of your article subjects, you’d better check whether they are the spam ones. After all, these irrelevant points can devalue the overall quality of your blog posts.
Tip 8 – Edit Your Comments before Publishing for Grammar and Spellings
Even if you can ensure that the comment is not a spam one and can add something useful to your site, you still cannot approve it unless you have checked and corrected the grammar and spelling errors. After all, with the update of the ranking algorithm for search engines, the grammar really matters, which is an important factor for on-page SEO.
In addition, if you make sure that all your comments are error-free and are coming with the high quality, you can give your readers more confidence and attract more great comments.
Tip 9 – Utilize the Comment Moderators
If your site is a small and personal one that receives dozens of post comments each day, you can surely carry out the above mentioned tips to moderate your comments in a manual way. However, if your site is a popular and e-commerce one that has a large number of comments on a daily basis, moderating on your own is time and energy consuming.
In this case, you need to resort to some filtering tools for the comment spam. Among all the options available, we highly recommend the Akismet WordPress plugin, with which all your comments can be reviewed automatically for spam before putting them into the comment pending section.
Besides, this tool has a special database to record the spam reported by the large user base. Therefore, once your comment section appears the suspicious spam, it can be detected at once.
To learn more about this plugin, you can check this review.
Tip 10 – Do Not Use the Blacklisting Feature for Comments
We have found that many webmasters use the “blacklisting” approach to deal with the comment spam. In this case, if the comments have the words or links being blacklisted, they will be refused directly.
However, we do not recommend you to do so, for this practice may make truly quality comments refused and caught by the filters in a mistaken manner. Therefore, instead of blacklisting your comments, it is more recommended to hold them for review.