Question from Mona:
“No matter what I do, my comments always seem to end up in spam and never get published. How do I change that?”
This story is familiar to most of us, so I thought it’s important to touch a few points on that.
First of all, most blogs these days run Akismet to protect themselves from spam.
How does Akismet know to send a comment to the Neverland of a spam folder?
It looks for these 2 things:
- Presence of so-called “spam words” (a bit more on that below).
- How your comments were previously moderated on other blogs.
In other words, if a blogger deems your comment to be spam, Akismet will “learn” from that and will send your future comments into spam as well.
I will talk about fixing this problem with Akismet at the end of the post, but for now let me give you some tips to KEEP your comments FROM being marked as such to begin with.
Side note: these are great tips to use commenting to network, contribute to blogging community, and drive traffic to your blog. If however, you are using blog commenting for one way link building, you’ll have to break most of these suggestions – that’s the name of the game.
1. Use your real name, not keywords
Many bloggers won’t approve your comments if you don’t use your real name and stuff it with keywords instead.
Solution: combine both your name and a keyword. For instance: I comment as “Ana from Traffic Generation Cafe”. Most of the times, it works just fine.
However, some filters will send your comment into spam if it has more than 3 words for your name.
2. Link it to your home page URL
…as opposed to a specific post or page URL.
The longer the URL, the better chance it might end up in spam.
3. No links in the body of the comment
An obvious one.
4. Make your comment longer
To be exact, the comment should be longer than 2 short sentences. That’s what most filters will define as spam.
5. Stay away from using “spam words”.
I don’t REALLY think anyone knows for sure what those words are, but here are some sample lists; one of them is from WP codex. Worth checking out:
6. Make sure your comment is worth approving
Don’t write the generic “Great post!” comment, you won’t win any points with that. Things like attacking someone, getting personal, using profanities, etc. will definitely get you banned as well.
7. Read more about proper commenting in this post:
How to get rid of Akismet problem?
If you are deemed to be a spammer by Akismet, your best and easiest solution is to post a couple of comments for your friends’ blogs and ask them to mark your comments as not spam.
This will give Akismet a chance to learn from those actions and you’ll be off the naughty list in no time.
Alternatively, use Akismet contact page to request to be removed from their spam list.
If you have Akismet Installed in your blog, do to others as you want to be done to you: make sure you check each comment before you mark it as spam. If you are unsure, just trash it instead.
Question: do you have any experience being marked as spammer? Any other bright ideas on how to avoid it?
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PS For more no-nonsense traffic generation and conversion tips from Ana, fill out this short spam-free form: