Goodbye Comment Link Spammers

March 27, 2015 Posted by Tyler Cruz

Yes, I’m talking to you.

You know who you are.

Be sure to read carefully, as there should be no more incentive for you to leave comments on my blog anymore because as of yesterday, the Top Commentators list now has: rel=’external nofollow’  added to all of its links.

They are still links, and also now spawn in a new window, but they will now provide next to no benefit SEO-wise anymore. So, please stop leaving your spam comments on my blog as it will provide no benefit for you anymore. Move on and find another blog to do that.

Oh, and years back I already made all actual comments nofollow as well, so consider that as well Smile

For Everyone Else

Ever since adding a Top Commentators plugin to my blog many years ago (see screenshot below):

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…which shows a list of the most active commentators on the right side, I’ve received a lot of low-quality comments on my posts. You’ll probably know what I’m talking about… comments such as these:

w0w, great post Taylor!!!

or…:

very good you teach us how to be good affiliate marketers like yourself. you my hero

And of course straight out gems such as:

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I usually clean these comments out on older posts whenever I publish a new blog post, but by the time I do so, they’ve already been sitting on my latest post for a while making the place look a bit sleazy.

Chances are that even though I’ve now removed the SEO incentive to leave such comments, that some will still continue to do so. Such is the nature of the beast.

If, after a while, the spammers still don’t get the message, I’ll simply remove the Top Commentator’s plugin completely.

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Posted: March 27th, 2015 under Blog Related  

7 Responses to “Goodbye Comment Link Spammers”

  1. Tom says:

    Great post! buy ViAGRA now CHEEP!!! This will be your GREATEST ADVENTURE endorsed by Taylor!

  2. Sam says:

    I am the king of Jordan. I have some checks to email to you. Please call me at 111-121-2323 so that i can show you how big a d**k i am .

    Do people still do comment spam? Haven’t they heard of penguin updates? God, get out of our caves.

    Nice post, Tyler. Hope you keep us updated. Also, whatever happened to your web properties. Aren’t you doing anything link building wise?

  3. Guys Gab says:

    We actually got rid of this plugin years ago, because as you saw, it brought out a slew of low quality comments from spammers who were just trying to game the system. Not a bad idea to make those links nofollow, but my fear is that they wouldn’t take the 10 seconds to realize that and continue to spam us..

    I’m actually thinking of moving over to Facebook comments, as that should solve the spam problem completely, while adding a new source of traffic as well. Have you ever considered doing something like that?

    • Tyler Cruz says:

      I don’t want to rely on a 3rd party service. They go down/cancel too often, and I don’t want to have to worry about somehow saving those comments, migrating over later on, etc.

      Plus, half the real commentors use aliases or comment anonymously, and wouldn’t want to reveal their Facebook info…

      I also forgot to mention that my blog is actually listed in a few SEO spam circles as a good blog to comment on because of the plugin… so this change should help prevent me from appearing at those places in the future.

  4. Brad says:

    mmm interesting, I just assumed, it was all bots spamming the comment forms… not real people. They just scape url’s, affiliate+marketing, and have a comment generator and blast away.

    I didn’t even know you had that plugin LOL. I come for the content 🙂
    I would have dumped that plugin if it was giving me that much hassle.

  5. Veer says:

    Really a nice decision Tyler. My blog comments were also dofollow (http://techigyaan.com/dofollow-blog-comment/) But due to increase in spam, I have to make it nofollow later.

  6. Paul says:

    Wise decision Tyler. Spam comments do absolutely nothing for you, your visitors, and are a general headache all round

    If you still would like to reward the guys who regularly offer value to your posts, you could always offer them a guest post on your blog, which is a win win for you and the guy who takes the time and effort to contribute.

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