There is nothing that is more time wasting or annoying as getting a tonne of spam in your comments on WordPress.org blogs. There are, however, ways that you can put a stop to this kind of spam and it’s not as difficult as you might think. It is also a good powerful asset to your blog that uses the power of Facebook to drive viral traffic to your blog.
The main reason why WordPress dot org sites attract a lot of spam is because the default comments section invites readers to enter a website of their own. While this is great for getting backlinks and attracting people to take a look at different websites, it also allows spammers to put random advertisements on blogs that have nothing to do with the content of the post. I used to get penis enlargement pills advertised on my list building posts. While my wife and I know that I definitely do not need penis enlargement, it should not be there.
For bloggers who love to use Comment Luv, they attract readers to read other blog posts. That’s a great benefit and a big asset to the blogging world, but having the websites box there in the first place means that you are going to have a lot of spam too.
This method I am going to talk about is a plugin that you can access in your blog’s back office. Just go to Add New Plugin, type in the words “Facebook Comments” and choose the one that only says “Facebook Comments”. It has a rating of something like 4.5 out of 5 so not everyone is happy with it, but it is useful for stopping spam and harnessing the viral power of Facebook.
You then need to set it up. Get your API Key from Facebook. You need to follow the prompts on both Facebook and WordPress. You then need to copy and paste your API key into your WordPress back office where it asks for it to be entered, and then scroll down and click Save Changes. It is the big blue button towards the bottom of the page.
You then need to go to each of your posts and click Quick Edit and then untick the boxes that say Allow Comments and Allow Pings. This disables the default comments section.
If you now click onto the name of your blog at the top of the screen, then Visit Site and look at each post. The default comments section should be deleted and you should be left with your Facebook Comments box. Your Facebook contacts will comment beneath this Facebook Comments input box.
For many readers, this is a much more hassle free way of leaving comments. Most people don’t have websites that they want to promote. Many are happy to just enter their comments in the box provided, log-in to their Facebook account and specify whether they want comments to be added to their Facebook profile or their Facebook pages. As a Social Media Manager, I have several Facebook pages that I manage for my clients. All most people have, is their Facebook profile. However, people have the choice of sharing the content of the blog posts with whoever they wish. They can share with friends, family, acquaintances, colleagues etc. They can also use the post content to entertain or educate their fans. If I found a post on trance music, I could share it with my trance music page and the same with people who have pages for their interests too.
You will now be able to blog with peace of mind that there are no annoying spammy messages coming into your message box. It’ll be a relief for you and make blogging much more fun.