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With so many moving parts and pieces comprising your restaurant marketing or hotel marketing plan, it’s human nature to rush through some of the seemingly less critical tasks to accomplish as much as possible before calling it a day. One of those “seemingly less critical” tasks I’m referring to is moderating comments on your blog.
We’ve all been there. You’re alerted to a new comment on a recent post. Upon quick glance, it seems innocent enough. You approve it. And with that, the flood gates are opened and you are faced with a deluge of new comments, aka spam! The good news is, you can learn to spot the signs of blog comment spam to ensure that you don’t inadvertently start a chain reaction that becomes a gift that keeps on giving!
Look for these common traps and click the SPAM button any time you see any of them:
1. Generic Comments: these are perhaps the easiest to overlook! Here’s an example: “Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I’ve really enjoyed surfing around your posts. In any case, I will be subscribing to your RSS feed and I hope you will write again soon.” If you see a comment like that, look for some of the other traps to help determine if it is legitimate before hitting APPROVE!
2. Grammatically Incorrect or Nonsensical Comments: these are pretty easy to spot (as are the next two). Here’s an example: “Some conditions its a ache from the to assessment what online internet site proprietors authored but this online internet site is honestly consumer genial.” It goes without saying that this one needs to be marked SPAM.
3. Unrelated Website URLS: some commenters are greedy backlink builders – not necessarily spreading spam, but interested in leaving a comment with a link pointing back to their website on any blog that will accept them. You may not necessarily want to hit SPAM on these, but definitely don’t approve them. Assuming your blog is a component of your restaurant marketing or your hotel marketing, it would be very unlikely that someone commenting from http:// bestcriminalrecordscheck dot com is legitimate. Definitely DON’T APPROVE.
4. Unrelated Email Addresses: This one is really obvious … commenters from suspicious email addresses, often times from other countries around the world, such as firstname.lastname@example.org are ones you’ll definitely want to flag as SPAM!
Any other indicators you’d add to the list? If so, leave them in a comment to this post. We promise to APPROVE it, assuming it doesn’t lead us into any of the four traps detailed above!