One Little Fix
For Better Comments
Owning a blog results in the never-ending struggle to control spam while facilitating and rewarding high quality comments.
I tried implementing a comment policy but the only people that read it were the people that didn’t need it.
So when I was over on Brian’s blog, Hot Blog Tips, recently, and saw him doing something novel, I decided to steal the idea ;)
Brian had taken advantage of the GASP Pro check-box to make sure that visitors were aware that they must use their names in the name field.
So here’s what I did:
While technically this doesn’t actually “prevent” spamming, it did actually drop the number of keywords with no name present, that were dropped on my blog.
Equally as important, it gave me the emotional “okay” to do as I’d said and delete them.
My comment policy had said I would anyways but I didn’t always feel comfortable with that… so now I know that visitors have been warned.
Ideally, when my upcoming blog redesign is done, I’m going to swipe an idea that Ana over at trafficgenerationcafe.com is using and put a slightly extended blurb above my comment section.
You can see hers here:
All in all, I think a combination of approaches are probably going to be most effective in not only controlling spam but in making me feel better about deleting it!
If you’re not ready to move to Commentluv Premium with GASP Pro, you likely can accomplish this particular tip with the free Lite version of GASP. However, the Pro version contains so many more tools that I can’t imagine going back to the Lite version!
How do you battle spam on your blog?
Got tips? or Questions? Leave me a comment below and let me know!
~ Kim ~
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PS: If you’re new to using GASP Pro, here are some tips for optimizing it for effectiveness while not destroying visitor interaction.