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Mark Spam as Spam

spam canIf you want to improve your site’s visibility in the search results, approving spam comments is definitely not the way to go. The majority of all so-called information on the internet is spam. Over 80% of all so-called comments submitted to blogs on the site every day are spam.  There is not only robotic spam but there are also people hired to leave phony comments on blogs so they can get their spammy links approved and posted.

Comments can be a good source of information that add value to your site content. This valuable content should not be replaced by giggerish and/or keywords and/or links to spammy sites. For this reason it’s important to learn how to spot and handle spam correctly. blogs are protected by the Akismet comment spam filter.  Learn the ways to protect your blogs from unwanted comments.  Akismet learns and Lorelle provides a public service announcement in her recent post DO NOT DELETE COMMENT SPAM. MARK SPAM AS SPAM

Matt Mullenweg and his Automattic team came up with a powerful process of collecting comment spam data from every Akismet user and collating it into prevention filters. Take advantage of them and help them do their job to protect sites from comment spam. Read more >  DO NOT DELETE COMMENT SPAM. MARK SPAM AS SPAM  Lorelle on WordPress.

Akismet How does it work?

“Each time a new comment, trackback, or pingback is added to your site it’s submitted to the Akismet web service which runs hundreds of tests on the comment and returns a thumbs up or thumbs down. As a result, you don’t have to waste your time sorting through and deleting spammy comments from your blog.

… So if you notice a comment in your spam folder from someone you don’t know, or linking to a web site you’ve never seen before, take a good look at it before you hit the Unspam button: in all likelihood, Akismet put it there for a reason.” Read more > 5 things every blogger should know about spam

It’s important to learn how to discern the differences between legitimate comments, pingbacks and trackbacks and those that are either bot generated or human generated spam. Don’t approve spammy pingbacks and trackbacks because you are desperate for comments and do not have the skill to spot what’s spam and what’s not. Learn how to spot splogs and spammy comments, pingbacks and trackbacks. >Trackback and Pingback Spam: What to do?

Help! Akismet is catching a regular comment as spam!
“Don’t worry, if you see a regular comment on your Akismet page, just click the “Approve” button or the “Not Spam” checkbox and submit and the comment will be sent back to Akismet as a mistake. The system will learn from your submission, though it may take a day or so in some cases. False positives, as they’re called, are extremely rare and we watch them closely.”

Tips for bloggers

1. Akismet cannot be deactivated nor is there any user configuration on blogs. The worst of all spam that contains malware, viruses etc. that can bring down many blogs will not be found in your spam filter.

2. Akismet will maintain comments it has caught for 15 days from the time they were received, and then it will delete the comment automatically. This is by design and cannot be changed. It is a good habit to check your spam comments every day or two so that you can identify legitimate comments and “not spam” them prior to them being deleted by Akismet after the 15 days.

3. If multiple identical spam comments are sent to your blog, the duplicates will not show up in my spam list for you to review. Only one of the duplicates will be displayed.

4. After you have verified that the above spam is indeed spam by marking it as spam and deleting it from the spam folder and Akismet has learned, if you again get hit by the same source, your “spams caught” number will increase, but they will not be listed for you to review (since you have already identified them as spam).

5. Any comment sent to you blog, that is already known by Akismet to be spam, will be blocked, your “spams caught” number will increase, but again, they will not be listed for you to review (since they have been previously identified as spam by yourself or others).

6. If a legitimate comment is caught in your spam filter and you “despam” it, it may take up to a few days for your despaming to work its way through Akismet and if you get a comment from the same source in the meantime, it may still end up in the spam folder. If this happens, despam it again. Akismet will is a short period stop catching them.

What is Google doing to combat the effects of comment spam?

Comments are a great way for webmasters to build community and readership. Unfortunately, they’re often abused by spammers and nogoodniks, many of whom use scripts or other software to generate and post spam. If you’ve ever received a comment that looked like an advertisement or a random link to an unrelated site, then you’ve encountered comment spam. Here are some ideas for reducing or preventing comment spam on your website. > User-generated spam

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16 thoughts on “Mark Spam as Spam

  1. Thank you for your response. I will check info on “No Follow” – might have to re-read this. About the items Akismet detects as Spam … is it OK to delete those? Or are they to remain in the Spam section until Akismet deletes them.
    Since I wrote you on May 26th, there has been no spam. Let’s hope that continues to remain true.
    I’d like to hear back from you via email. Does checking the box below mean I will receive everyone’s follow-up comments?

  2. Your post couldn’t have been more timely, TT, thank you. I’ve noticed a pronounced uptick in spam comments that I’ve received lately that have snuck by Akismet. You have clearly outlined the necessary response. Thanks again for all you do on behalf of bloggers. : )

    • Hi Mark,
      It’s amazing how much spam there is. It comes in waves and new bloggers need help when it comes to spotting it and dealing with it effectively.

  3. Thankyou for this Timethief.

    I’ve received a great deal of spam (some of it very flattering)

    I now just don’t touch any of the spam, except to delete it. That’s OK right ?

    • No do not delete spam that you detect in your pending comments but that Akismet did not detect as being spam. Mark it as spam first so Akismet learns. I edited my post above and provided 6 tips for you and others in the “Tips for bloggers” section.

    • Hi Kathy,
      On the support forum we discover that some bloggers are deleting spam rather than marking it as spam so Akismet learns. That’s what prompted this post. You’re welcome.
      Happy blogging!

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