Tired of spam? Tired of the weekly or daily login routine to clear spam comments made by time wasters and comment spammers? It used to be like this for me till about 3 months ago until I then started using Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin. Now thankfully that’s a thing of the past because automated spam comments cannot be submitted for approval in my blog.
Before going into the powerful but simple features of this free plugin, one should really know why comment spam exists in the first place and why do people actually spam blogs.
Comment spam is useless comments that add no value to a blog post. Comments like “nice blog”, “my brother likes your blog” and so on are not really useful. So why do comments like these get posted?
The answer is simple – to get backlinks. And more worrying is that many spammers do not actually type in their comments. They use automated programs that spam blog posts so that they do not even lift a finger. Then they hope that the blog administrator approves their comments to show how popular their blog is. Their blog then ends up with these useless comments and ultimately a poor visitor experience.
But there is a bigger danger. As everyone knows Google does not penalise inward links because they know that bloggers have no control over who links to them. But the big G will penalise a site linking out to link farms, bad reputation sites and so on. So approving a link linking out to such sites will hurt you.
So the answer to all this is to use the Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin (G.A.S.P.). Why? It eliminates automatic posting of comments because the potential commenter has to physically tick a checkbox and confirm that he or she is not a spammer. Automatic spamming software is not able to do so. Therefore commenting has to be done by a human being.
This could be seen as irritating by the potential commenter because one has to do an extra step – the ticking of a checkbox after posting a comment. However from the blog’s administrator point of view it at least gives a sense of comfort that a real person commented.
Now you might ask, could not a potential spammer tick the checkbox as explained earlier? Of course and some comments will be spam. But many spammers do not physically post comments because it is a time consuming task that could take hours if posting to hundreds of blogs. So the G.A.S.P, plugin eliminates automated spam comments.
Try it out and tell us what you think.