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Spam Commenting

I introduced a commenting policy many moons ago, and hoped it would work… By and large it does, I don’t get much spam (or Akismet nails most of it), but I am a dofollow blog, so attract my fair share of keyword spammers.

I don’t object to giving commenters a dofollow link if they comment sensibly and adhere to my policy. I’ve just spent 10 minutes doing the following:

  1. Deleting comments that make no sense at all.
  2. If the comment makes sense but includes a keyword as the name, I’ve removed the link.

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I’ve also added a link to the commenting policy above the comment box – if you’ve taken the time to read, and leave a valid comment – please follow the policy so I don’t just go and delete it!

This entry was posted on Friday, May 1st, 2009 at 12:36 pm and is filed under General. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

Comments (6)


  1. Mandy says:

    so you have nothing better to do with your time than delete peoples comments that you don’t approve….

  2. Keiron says:

    Almost correct, I have plenty to do with my time, so when I write a post I value the time I put into it and don’t appreciate it being spammed! 🙂

  3. Jill says:

    I noticed that the links in the comments seem to have a rel=external after them. So instead of


    it seems to be


    Jills last blog post..Home Sales increase from February, but down from March 2008

  4. Keiron says:

    That’s just a tag to distinguish between on site and offsite links.
    There’s some debate about it here at Digital Point

  5. Jill says:

    Thanks for link. That makes sense. “Deleting comments that make no sense at all” I think my blog gets tons of those. Along with “great post check out my kitchen knives”. I assume most of those are automated though.

  6. Keiron says:

    You mean you don’t advertise your Kitchen Knives online – I’m shocked 😉

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