How to Protect Your Blogger Blog from Spam Comments and Spam Traffic
When your blog is subjected to spam comments and spam traffic, its performance greatly reduces. It is also possible that Google may kick it out from the ranking competition when it is harmed or invaded by spam comments. The spam spiders and bots keep crawling your blog all the time and as a result, its load time dramatically increases. So it is extremely important that you must take effective steps to protect your blog from spam attack by stopping spam comments and traffic flow which is mostly caused by your own mistakes.
From Where Spam Traffic Comes?
Spam traffic comes from spammy websites which find your URL somewhere on the web. It mostly happens when you place your blog’s link on a spam website. In case of Blogger blogs, when your blog starts receiving spam traffic, you can notice it in your Blogger dashboard as Top traffic sources.
In above screenshot, the top traffic source is Google for my blog. In your blog’s case, there may be some sites like Facebook, Twitter or any friend’s blog also if your blog is new. But if you notice a strange site, then you must check it out by searching information about the site in Google that either it is a reputed one or spam.
So What to Do if Your Blog Receives Traffic from a Spam Site
Spam sites send traffic (bots) to your blog when URL of your blog is placed anywhere on that sites. In such a case, find out the exact URL from where traffic is coming. In most cases, the URL is placed there by yourself. Most bloggers do this and place their blog URL for getting a backlink without knowing or caring about the site. If you believe that you haven’t placed the URL there, then contact the administration of that site and request them for removal of the link. In most cases, it works and your link is removed.
Some Tips to Protect Your Blog from Spam Attack
To make it sure that your blog is exposed to minimum spam attacks, consider below tips:
Never Post Your URL Everywhere
It is a bad habit of bloggers that they tend to post their URL anywhere when they find an opportunity. Yes backlinks are important for your blog but it doesn’t mean that all links are valuable. If you post your blog URL to any spam directory or website, then you make a very big mistake. Spam traffic, which are indeed automated bots, starts crawling your URLs frequently and as a result, your servers go down. You must know the fact that slower load time of your blog kills its ranking and you lose the valuable traffic from search engines. So my first tip is that never post your blog URL everywhere on the web and build backlinks from respected directories only.
Deal Strictly With Comments
The most spam attempts on blogs and websites are brought through comments. Many SEO companies send automatic bots to your blog which attempt to leave spam comments containing links. These spam comments mostly attack WordPress blogs. Blogger blogs also receive spam comments but the ratio is much less or negligible as compared to WordPress blogs. You must take precautionary measures to keep spam comments away from your blog, otherwise they may affect your ranking in SERPs negatively. If you are on WordPress, then you must use SI Captcha plugin on your blog and turn on moderation. Blogger users must modify comment settings for their blog properly. If you haven’t modified the setting for comments on your Blogger blog, then view this screenshot, it will help you in modifying settings for comments on your blog.
While using WordPress, beware that most spam comments look natural. Most new bloggers approve and respond these comments by considering them natural, but they are spam comments indeed. This post (http://geteverything.org/add-facebook-you-might-also-like-slider-to-your-blogger-blog/) is an example of a WordPress blog post at which all comments are spam and the owner hasn’t only approved the comments, but has replied each comment also.
How to Identify Spam Comments?
Sometimes, spam comments even bypass captcha security on your blog and comments are left. If comment moderation is turned on, then you can approve good comments individually. To identify spam comments on your blog, simply compare the comment with your post topic. If it is relevant, then approve it, otherwise never. Mostly, spam comments are composed in such a way that they look relevant to any kind of post and trick the moderators. i.e. most likely, moderators approve comments which say “nice post, thank you for sharing” or “I love your articles” etc. So never ever approve such comments.
How to Fight Against Human Spammers
Human spammers are more dangerous than automated spam bots because they can read captchas and can post their links on your blog. To fight against such spammers, moderate each comment on your blog. Though it will require some effort from your side but your blog will stay away from cancer of spam.
These were some tips for protecting your blog from spam comments and spam traffic. I hope that it will help you in protecting your blog. Good luck!
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